a 130-day log and an accident log, retails for $295.

For additional information, contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. Call 800/293-2847.

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Let Their Fingers Do the Talking (AUGUST)

raPID provides mobile fingerprint identification for officers in the field. Matching is either performed against an internal database, or information can be sent via mobile frequencies, cellular communication, etc., to a central automated fingerprint identification system.

raPID captures fingerprints in less than 10 seconds, features a live-scan capture area of 19x19 millimeters, a scan resolution of 500 DPI, a LCD display with backlighting, a 10-digit keypad, a demographic entry via touchscreen, a customized forms-based input and PC-card interface. Options include 1:1 fingerprint matching, integrated card reader and digital radio communication.

The unit weighs 2 pounds and its rechargeable battery lasts about 10 hours. raPID is currently being field tested by the San Francisco Police Department.

For additional information, contact NEC Technologies, 1201 New York Avenue, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005. Call Christopher Warn at 202/408-4762.

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Underwater Scanning (APRIL)

Need to look deep under the water? The LC-100 Side Scan Sonar System is an ideal search tool. Images captured from the sonar are well suited for a variety of applications, such as diving and salvage, bridge inspections, harbor clearance, mine hunting, treasure hunting and marine research.

The LC-100 utilizes two 100KHz transducers, operates at depths up to 100 meters and its display unit delivers high-resolution images (256 colors at 640x480 pixels). It runs on Windows 3.1 and gives the operator control of range, gain, contrast, color palette and navigational input.

For additional information, contact EdgeTech, 455 Fortune Blvd., Milford, MA 01757. Call Darren Moss at 508/478-9500.

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Information on the Wrist (MAY)

Timex Data Link watches communicate with personal computers. Users can transfer scheduling and personal information from a computer to their watches.

Information such as dates, times, phone numbers and messages up to 31 characters can be transferred to a user's watch by simply pointing the watch at the notebook adapter or to a desktop's monitor. A light sensor in the watch reads flashing bars of light or data from the adapter or desktop monitor.

The Timex Data Link watch is water-resistant to 100 feet and retails for $134. The notebook adapter is $30.

For additional information, contact Timex Products Inc. Park Rd Extension, P.O. Box 310, Middlebury, CT 06762. Call 800/367-8463.

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Video Visits (JANUARY)

The Personal Telemedicine System enables interactive audio and video links between patients and health professionals. The patient's blood pressure, pulse, lung and heart functions may be monitored, or a wound may be examined without the patient visiting a clinic. The link can be initiated by either the patient or the health-care professional.

It is installed easily in the patient's home and uses ordinary telephone lines.

For additional information, contact Frederick Haase, American TeleCare, 7680 Golden Triangle Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3732. Call 612/897-0000.

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Speed Cracker (OCTOBER)

UltraLyte, a laser speed detector, is a powerful law-enforcement tool for catching speeders. Laser beams use the "change of position over time" formula rather than the conventional radio frequency shift. Conventional radar detectors are useless due to the laser's quickness in determining a car's speed.

UltraLyte is very accurate. Conventional radar projects a cone-shaped beam 200- to 400-feet wide with an effective rate of a few hundred yards -- covering the whole road. UltraLyte widens to just 3 feet at a range of 1,000 feet for pinpoint accuracy.

It is waterproof, shock resistant and can easily be used with one hand. It weighs less than 3 pounds and operates on two standard C-cell batteries. The menu-driven LCD display provides easy user operation and is "backlit" for night use. It can fire single beam shots or switch to a continuous readout mode for rapid speed updates. In addition to calculating speed and distance, slope, horizontal distance and height are available with an optional tilt sensor.

UltraLyte is a multifunction laser and can interface with QuickMap, LTS traffic accident and crime scene mapping software, SpeedStat and LTT's traffic statistic package.

For additional information, contact Laser Technology Inc., 7070 S. Tuscon Way, Englewood, CO 80112. Call Jeniffer Schmidt at 303/649-1000.

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