Personal Tech Guide 27

Your guide to what's hot, useful, and just plain fun
Child's Play

Animi Causa furnitureFurniture designer Animi Causa has taken the bin of plastic balls that kids jump in to the next level: grownups. But instead of letting them roll all over, the 120 nylon-covered balls are strung together so loungers can shape them into whatever they want--a couch, a chair, a bed, or whatever. The cushiony orbs come in two sizes; the larger, about 7 feet by 6 feet, is just under $3,000.

Name That Tune

Hear a song you like but don't know the name? Dial 866-411-SONG and hold your cell phone to the speaker for 15 seconds. If the tune is one of 2.5 million in the NMK database, a text message will list the title and artist, all for 99 cents a tune.

Need Your Net

Nokia's 770 Internet tabletNow you don't have to spend even a minute away from the Web. Nokia's 770 Internet tablet is small enough to fit in a big pocket, but has 4 inches of screen space. The Wi-Fi device runs on Linux. Open-source developers take note: Nokia says it hopes to team up on future software releases. The $359.99 tablet is only available online.

Loud And Clear

USB Phoenix Audio Duet speakerphoneIf you took the voice-over-IP plunge but aren't a fan of the sound quality, take a look at the USB Phoenix Audio Duet speakerphone. All you have to do is replace a sound card, and the $200 phone will convert voice to crisper digital.

Editor's Choice
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