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by / August 31, 1997 0
Record Sound Digitally
The Sony NT-Digital Micro Recorder provides excellent quality digital recording, according to Government Technology reporters who reviewed the device at the Government Technology Conference West in Sacramento, Calif.

The NT-2 weighs 5.8 ounces and its compact size and portability allows recording anywhere. It comes with a microphone, stereo headphone with remote control and an AC adapter. It runs with two AA batteries and uses 60-, 90- and 120-minute stamp-sized cassettes.

The NT-2 features digital stereo recording/playback, auto-reverse, and has amazingly superb sound quality -- no matter how far from the source.

Its multi-function LCD display shows the user's selection of tape counter (4 digits), time (hours and minutes), time remaining on the tape cassette, month and day, or year and month. Controls are accessible and easy to understand.

Price is $1,699.95.

For additional information, contact Sony, 1 Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. Call 800/472-SONY.



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Language Smanguage
Uni-verse is a World Wide Web site at that translates keyboarded text into six foreign languages over the Internet.

Conversations in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are analyzed and translated multi-directionally at 40 milliseconds (realtime) for an average sentence.

Uni-Verse uses "Diplomat" (version 1.0) communication software and Globalink Inc.'s advanced machine translation engine.

It requires 16MB of RAM and a 28.8 Kbps modem.

For additional information, contact Uni-Verse, 1030 Calle Sombra, Suite C, San Clemente, CA 92673. Call 714/369-7977. E-mail: .



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Hello? Internet?
The CIDCO iPhone gives users access to Internet services such as e-mail and the World Wide Web via a telephone.

iPhone goes beyond simple text, featuring a grayscale VGA touchscreen (640x480 dpi) and a pull-out keyboard for input-intensive applications like e-mail.

iPhone uses a standard RJ-11 phone jack and requires no software, modem or configurations to decipher, so it can be used wherever there's a phone jack.

For additional information, contact CIDCO Inc., 220 Cochrane Circle, Morgan Hill, CA 95037. Call Renee Aguilar at 408/776-2122. E-mail: .



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His Pager's Voice
The palm-sized VoiceNow pager allows users to receive voice messages, eliminating the need to locate a phone, or return to the home or office to retrieve voice messages. The caller simply dials and, after hearing a personal greeting, leaves a message.

The pager's push-buttons allow the user to play the message, rewind, fast-forward and control volume for up to three minutes of messages.

The service is currently only provided to residents of the cities of Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto in California, but the company plans to expand.

The pager is manufactured by Motorola, and weighs 5.5 ounces. A standard nine-volt battery provides up to six weeks of power.

For additional information, contact VoiceNow, 4965 Preston Park Blvd., Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093. Call 916/929-7243. Internet: .



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Who's Driving This Thing, Anyway?
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion around and between terminal areas, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is using fully automated trains to transport an average of 15,000 passengers per day.

The system developed by MATRA Transit, uses a fully automated computer system to regulate train speed, stations, stops, doors and traffic. Trains are in continuous contact with a control station, sending and receiving digital data, video and audio.

The 3.5 mile track carries 13 vehicles operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to link three terminals.

MATRA is also automating subway systems in France and Taiwan.

For additional information contact MATRA, 25 E. Spring Valley Ave., Maywood, NJ 07607. Call John Marino at 201/843-6687.



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Wireless Printing
GoPrint is a wireless printing system for single users
or workgroups. It uses high-frequency radio waves -- which can penetrate standard office walls -- to transmit printing data up to 500 feet away in a typical office environment.

To install, the user connects a receiver to the printer, connects the transmitter to the PCs parallel ports, and prints.

To connect multiple printers and PCs -- up to six printers and 64 PCs -- GoPrint/XL and configuration software will allow users to identify each printer, and users can switch between them.

The system requires IBM compatible PCs and printers, Microsoft Windows version 3.1 or DOS version 3.1 or greater, and 1MB of hard disk space.

For additional information, contact Aerocomm Wireless, 13228 W. 99th Street, Lenexa, KS 66216. Call 800/492-2320. Internet: .



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Monitor This!
Helios are specifically designed for high-intensity light conditions, where ordinary monitors are unreadable. Model H108NV is 10.4 inches, has Video Graphics Array, and its 640x480 resolution at 800 nits is nearly six times as bright as a common flat-panel display. The monitors emit no hazardous radiation, are highly resistant to image burn and cost $2,760.

For additional information, contact National Display Systems Inc., 761-A University Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Call 408/395-8688.



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V Chip
Soundview Technologies' V Chip Converter gives parents control over objectionable violence, nudity and coarse language on television.

To set the V Chip Converter, parents simply enter a personal identification number. They then select a rating limit from TV-Y to TV-M by simply pressing the corresponding indicator light. Programs that are rated TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-M can also be blocked.

For additional information, contact Soundview Technologies Inc., Two Soundview Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Call 203/661-3303. Fax: 203/869-8594.



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Identification Chip
Veridicom has developed a postage-stamp-size computer chip that can be placed on the key of a keyboard, identifying users by their fingerprints instead of a password or fingerprint panel.

When the index finger is placed on the surface of the chip, the sensing plates create an 8-bit raster-scanned image of the ridges and valleys of the fingerprint. The chip is protected with a proprietary coating that makes it highly resistant to wear and friction.

For additional information, contact Veridicom Inc., 2180 Sand Hill Road, Suite 300, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Call 415/926-7769. Internet: .

Tough Little PC

While other small, delicate hand-held PCs need to be protected in their covers, the PC9800 can go where no hand-held PC has gone before. It can handle shock, rain and high temperatures.

Its integrated microphone and speaker can record and play back voice messages and transmit messages to or from a PC using WAV. Its lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack provides 12 hours or more of use, according to the company.

Wireless link options include infrared and PCMCIA (type III) capabilities for printer, modem and LAN connections. The PC weighs 1.85 pounds with batteries. It has a 386 processor, static memory from 1MB to 13MB, flash ROM memory from 512KB to 1MB, and operates on MS-DOS and Windows platforms.

For additional information, contact Dap Technologies Corp., 14502 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 227, Tampa, FL 33618-2072. Call Jerry Rodts at 813/969-3271.

CD Copier

DiscQuick is a CD-R copy machine that provides non-technical users CD copying capability. The stand-alone duplicator features four-button panel operation and can make copies from any type of CD.

The LCD panel indicates copy progress and counts down multiple copies. CDs are copied at 4X speed and verified at 6X speed. A pre-scan option eliminates disc waste caused by faulty masters.

The 100 Series features one read and one output drive and can be expanded to two output drives. The 200 Series expands up to 5 output drives, and the 300 Series includes
an Audio DAT to CD converter and a 2GB hard drive, expandable to 4 output drives.

For additional information, contact MicroTech Conversion Systems, 2 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002-3002. Call 800/223-3693. Internet: .


Wireless Ticketing

New Jersey law enforcement agencies are using Portable Pen Computers from Symbol Technologies to access online warrant information and issue parking violations.

Computers use portable printers from Radix and a communication gateway server in Trenton, N.J.

Each computer features a 486 SLC processor, 2MB or 4MB flash, 2MB to 16MB RAM, Microsoft DOS and Microsoft Windows, and weighs 36 ounces with battery.

For additional information contact Symbol Technologies, 116 Wilbur Place, Bohemia, NY 11716. Call 516/563-2400. Internet: .

Electronic Book

Imagine having all you need to know about the universe conveniently located in one magic book. A team of scientists at MIT, headed by Dr. Joseph Jacobson, are close to making that dream come true. They are developing an "electronic book" capable of storing large amounts of information in one portable volume.

Each electronic book will resemble a normal book in size and weight, but with reusable, digital paper pages. Each page is embedded with millions of microscopic particles that are black on one side and white on the other. The direction and shape the particle assumes depends on whether the particle carries a negative or positive charge. The result: a digital display that looks just like the printed page.

Texts can be entered from the Internet or CDs into each page via central processing -- a microprocessor, a flash memory card to store the data, a modem and other electronic devices -- located at the spine of the book. Text or page size can be changed to user's preferences.

Unlike a computer screen, the electronic book will only require a small battery because the book will only use power when text in the book is changed.

For additional information, contact MIT Media Lab, Bldg. E15-238, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139. Call Valerie Eames Minard at 617/253-0365. E-mail: .


Where Are
You Going?

You'll never need to ask for directions again. With SkyMap, drivers can identify and track their position on a computer screen, locate destination and navigate a route in realtime.

The system monitors a traveler's progress on digital "moving maps" that display cities, streets and highways covering the continental United States.

It uses a global positioning system (GPS) guided map and satellite navigation designed for IBM-compatible hand-held and laptop PCs with Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0.

SkyMap includes a 12-channel GPS receiver, a PCMCIA card with infrared receiver and remote control, 2 CD-ROMs containing street-level digital map databases, extensive travel information covering the 48 contiguous states, and a handy carrying case. It costs $299.95.

For additional information, contact Etak Inc., 1430 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Call 415/328-3825.

The "Happy Bulb"

Verilux claims to have the solution to inadequate lighting that can cause health problems. Verilux light bulbs simulate natural sunlight -- which the company says reduces eyestrain, stress and winter depression.

For additional information, contact Verilux Inc., 9 Viaduct Road, Stamford, CT 06907. Call 800/786-6850. Internet: .
Record Sound Digitally
The Sony NT-Digital Micro Recorder provides excellent quality digital recording, according to Government Technology reporters who reviewed the device at the Government Technology Conference West in Sacramento, Calif.

The NT-2 weighs 5.8 ounces and its compact size and portability allows recording anywhere. It comes with a microphone, stereo headphone with remote control and an AC adapter. It runs with two AA batteries and uses 60-, 90- and 120-minute stamp-sized cassettes.

The NT-2 features digital stereo recording/playback, auto-reverse, and has amazingly superb
sound quality -- no matter how far from the source.

Its multi-function LCD display shows the user's selection of tape counter (4 digits), time (hours and minutes), time remaining on the tape cassette, month and day, or year and month. Controls are accessible and easy to understand.

Price is $1,699.95.

For additional information, contact Sony, 1 Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. Call 800/472-SONY.



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Language Smanguage
Uni-verse is a World Wide Web site at that translates keyboarded text into six foreign languages over the Internet.

Conversations in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are analyzed and translated multi-directionally at 40 milliseconds (realtime) for an average sentence.

Uni-Verse uses "Diplomat" (version 1.0) communication software and Globalink Inc.'s advanced machine translation engine.

It requires 16MB of RAM and a 28.8 Kbps modem.

For additional information, contact Uni-Verse, 1030 Calle Sombra, Suite C, San Clemente, CA 92673. Call 714/369-7977. E-mail: .



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Hello? Internet?
The CIDCO iPhone gives users access to Internet services such as e-mail and the World Wide Web via a telephone.

iPhone goes beyond simple text, featuring a grayscale VGA touchscreen (640x480 dpi) and a pull-out keyboard for input-intensive applications like e-mail.

iPhone uses a standard RJ-11 phone jack and requires no software, modem or configurations to decipher, so it can be used wherever there's a phone jack.

For additional information, contact CIDCO Inc., 220 Cochrane Circle, Morgan Hill, CA 95037. Call Renee Aguilar at 408/776-2122. E-mail: .



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His Pager's Voice
The palm-sized VoiceNow pager allows users to receive voice messages, eliminating the need to locate a phone, or return to the home or office to retrieve voice messages. The caller simply dials and, after hearing a personal greeting, leaves a message.

The pager's push-buttons allow the user to play the message, rewind, fast-forward and control volume for up to three minutes of messages.

The service is currently only provided to residents of the cities of Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto in California, but the company plans to expand.

The pager is manufactured by Motorola, and weighs 5.5 ounces. A standard nine-volt battery provides up to six weeks of power.

For additional information, contact VoiceNow, 4965 Preston Park Blvd., Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093. Call 916/929-7243. Internet: .



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Who's Driving This Thing, Anyway?
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion around and between terminal areas, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is using fully automated trains to transport an average of 15,000 passengers per day.

The system developed by MATRA Transit, uses a fully automated computer system to regulate train speed, stations, stops, doors and traffic. Trains are in continuous contact with a control station, sending and receiving digital data, video and audio.

The 3.5 mile track carries 13 vehicles operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to link three terminals.

MATRA is also automating subway systems in France and Taiwan.

For additional information contact MATRA, 25 E. Spring Valley Ave., Maywood, NJ 07607. Call John Marino at 201/843-6687.



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Wireless Printing
GoPrint is a wireless printing system for single users or workgroups. It uses high-frequency radio waves -- which can penetrate standard office walls -- to transmit printing data up to 500 feet away in a typical office environment.

To install, the user connects a receiver to the printer, connects the transmitter to the PCs parallel ports, and prints.

To connect multiple printers and PCs -- up to six printers and 64 PCs -- GoPrint/XL and configuration software will allow users to identify each printer, and users can switch between them.


The system requires IBM compatible PCs and printers, Microsoft Windows version 3.1 or DOS version 3.1 or greater, and 1MB of hard disk space.

For additional information, contact Aerocomm Wireless, 13228 W. 99th Street, Lenexa, KS 66216. Call 800/492-2320. Internet: .



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Monitor This!
Helios are specifically designed for high-intensity light conditions, where ordinary monitors are unreadable. Model H108NV is 10.4 inches, has Video Graphics Array, and its 640x480 resolution at 800 nits is nearly six times as bright as a common flat-panel display. The monitors emit no hazardous radiation, are highly resistant to image burn and cost $2,760.

For additional information, contact National Display Systems Inc., 761-A University Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Call 408/395-8688.



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V Chip
Soundview Technologies' V Chip Converter gives parents control over objectionable violence, nudity and coarse language on television.

To set the V Chip Converter, parents simply enter a personal identification number. They then select a rating limit from TV-Y to TV-M by simply pressing the corresponding indicator light. Programs that are rated TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-M can also be blocked.

For additional information, contact Soundview Technologies Inc., Two Soundview Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Call 203/661-3303. Fax: 203/869-8594.



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Identification Chip
Veridicom has developed a postage-stamp-size computer chip that can be placed on the key of a keyboard, identifying users by their fingerprints instead of a password or fingerprint panel.

When the index finger is placed on the surface of the chip, the sensing plates create an 8-bit raster-scanned image of the ridges and valleys of the fingerprint. The chip is protected with a proprietary coating that makes it highly resistant to wear and friction.

For additional information, contact Veridicom Inc., 2180 Sand Hill Road, Suite 300, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Call 415/926-7769. Internet: .





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