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Fossil, Suunto, MSN Direct, Acme Portable Machines, Top Layer Networks, Canon

by / March 29, 2004
Wrist Reports
Smart watches, manufactured by Fossil and Suunto, use MSN Direct to receive personalized content, including news, weather, personal messages, calendar appointment reminders and stock quotes. The devices also feature multiple watch faces and automatic time-zone adjustment based on location. People can personalize their watches through an interactive Web site where they choose the specific information and services they want. The service costs $9.95 a month or $59.95 a year. Watches range from $130 to $300.

Moveable Server
Acme Portable Machines introduced the GMII-102 portable server computer equipped with 2.0 GHz or 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processors, eight expansion slots and a hard drive with a minimum capacity of 80 GB. It includes two additional bays configurable for drives such as CD-ROM, CD-RW and DVD. The unit can be used as a server, and for emergency/nonemergency or mobile backup for sensitive data. The GMII-102 features an internal flat-panel 14.1-inch XGA TFT display with 32 MB or 64 MB video RAM and integrated multimedia speakers and sound kit.

Block Network Threats
Top Layer Networks says its Attack Mitigator IPS 5500 security platform delivers nonstop protection against both network and application-level cyber-threats. According to the company, the platform prevents undesired access, filters illegal packets and headers, stops network and denial of service attacks, prevents critical vulnerability exploits, mitigates service overload attacks and thwarts application-level attacks. In addition, the Attack Mitigator IPS 5500's application specific processor allows for easy expansion to include additional application protection functions as they become available.

Say Cheese!
Canon's compact VB-C10 Network Camera combines an advanced pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) camera and a network server in one unit. Designed for security monitoring, the VB-C10 features a 16x zoom lens and a built-in network server for connection to a LAN or the Internet in minutes. Capable of transmitting real-time video to as many as 20 viewers simultaneously, the VB-C10's PTZ functions are easily controllable via Canon's VBAdministration Tools software.
Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor
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