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.


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: .


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: .


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: .


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.


Wireless Printing

GoPrint is a wireless printing system for single users