Cell phones keep getting smaller, and so do the display screens. You don't have to be of a certain age to admit that sometimes it's hard to read the caller's ID. The Pop-Up Cell Phone Magnifier from Taylor Gifts clips onto a screen to increase the text size and give your eyes a break. It retracts once the phone is closed. Set of two is $10.
Seagate's 750-Gbyte push-button backup hard drive features USB and 1394 connections. The $559 external drive is the size of a tape dispenser and can hold 15,000 digital songs, 15,000 digital photos, 50 hours of home videos, 50 computer games, and 25 DVD movies, and still have 300 Gbytes of space left over.
Worth The Wait
Swedish Kapsel is building its media center PC for people who appreciate trendy design but are patient enough to wait till September, when it will be available. Windows Media Center Edition and the new digital entertainment platform, Intel Viiv, will be packed inside a small, rounded, white ceramic shell. Details such as price and storage size are still under wraps, but count on Intel Core Duo processors, high-definition video, and time-shift functions.
No Ordinary Sneaks
Nike's new Air Zoom Moire running shoes connect to your iPod nano through a wireless Nike+iPod Sport Kit. Information on time, distance, calories burned, and pace is stored on your iPod and displayed on the screen. After a workout, connect your nano to a Mac or PC and, through iTunes, automatically sync and store workout data in a customized workout log at www.nikeplus.com. Air Zoom Moire sneakers are priced at $100; Nike+iPod Sport Kit is $29.
When you're running through an airport, your bags can start feeling like they're loaded with bricks, thanks to the power adapters that come with laptops and other electronic devices. The new iGo everywhere 130 can lighten your load. The $150 universal power adapter and cord powers larger devices such as laptops and smaller ones like cell phones and MP3 players. Works from a standard wall outlet or from the power source in cars and airplanes.
Little Black Book
The Mac's gone black. Apple's new MacBook, in 1.83-GHz and 2.0-GHz models with the Intel Core Duo processor, still comes in the traditional white, but the faster version also wears a dark exterior. Both have a new 13-inch wide-screen display, a built-in iSight video camera, and the MagSafe power adapter. Prices start at $1,100.
NuMetrex's new heart-rate-monitor sports bra combines the latest in exercise technology with the most reliable component of nearly every woman's workout. Sensors in the nylon and Lycra fabric pick up the heart beat, eliminating any need for a separate chest strap. A special transmitter that snaps in the front of the bra talks to a Polar heart-rate-monitoring watch, of which there are two choices: the FS1 ($115) and the F4 ($145). Both come with the bra and transmitter.
If you carry a portable media player when you travel, you'll also need a good set of headphones to replace the notoriously mediocre ones that come with these devices. For convenience, the headphones also should work with your cell phone. Plantronics' wireless Pulsar 590A is a Bluetooth headset that delivers highly satisfying sound from an MP3 player and, with the push of a button, switches to cell phone mode when a call comes in over a Bluetooth-compliant phone. A small speaking tube is unobtrusively attached to the right headphone. Besides sounding good, these $250 headphones have a battery that holds a serious charge.