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1/5/2005
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Mike Elgan
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The CES Gadget Juggernaut Has Begun!

One day before the doors open, CES 2005 is already shaping up to be a killer event, with truckloads of new gadgets already announced. Here's a small sampling of official announcements, with links directly to the company press releases.

After teasing gadget freaks for two years, it appears that Fossil will finally roll out its Palm OS-based wristwatch (and other "Smart Watches").

NetGear and Orb Networks will be announcing an interesting new service that enables you to enjoy the media normally available only in your home -- including live TV -- from anywhere over the Internet.

This year's CES event will undoubtedly become known for the advancement of the in-car entertainment system. Delphi and Comcast announced today that they're working on video for cars, downloaded via satellite. NVIDIA will be unveiling technologies for in-car entertainment, putting traffic, mapping and movies into a single box. Delphi is also rolling out a "repeater," which receives XM radio through a central, well-placed home antenna, then re-broadcasts it wirelessly to multiple XM radios in the house.

And watch out for a massive wall of in-home media players and related technologies and products from Video Without Boundaries; Zoran; Broadcom and Digital 5; Tao and Giant International; and many, many others.

We can expect an orgy of new mobile phone announcements. For starters, Hop-On will show off its new PDA camera phone. Samsung Telecommunications America will roll out what it claims is the world's first phone with speech-to-text capability.

On the storage front, Seagate plans to steal the show with its 5 GB CompactFlash hard drive for digital cameras!

Garmin is announcing some cool gadgets as well. The first of them is its GPS 10, which gathers location information from the GPS network and zaps it to your nearby Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or PDA. The company is also rolling out a "301" update to its Forerunner 201 product, which uses GPS to monitor athletic performance. And, of course, they're announcing some new car navigation gadgets. Last but not least, Garmin is rolling out a new GPS-enabled, Windows Mobile base handheld called the iQue M5.

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