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Personal Tech Guide


GizmondoWith a name like Gizmondo, does it get any cooler? Or eerily threatening? It's another versatile media gadget that sends E-mail, takes photos, and plays music, movies, and 14 video games. And, of course, the $230 device has GPS. That's good for directions, but it's really included for wide area network gaming, with 3-D Nvidia graphics.


Global Pet FinderOur music players have GPS, so why not man's best friend? Chances are slim that Spot will stray across national borders, but the Global Pet Finder gives pet owners peace of mind should their pets escape the back yard. The $350 device straps onto a collar. If your pet wanders, dial F-O-U-N-D from a cell phone or PDA. The device requires a $35 activation fee, and there's a monthly service charge.

Road-Hog Safety

SportVue motorcycle-helmet-mounted displayIt's tough to tell what's the bigger selling point for the latest SportVue motorcycle-helmet-mounted display: that it shows speed, gear, and RPM, or that it does all that and gives a flashing radar alert. The wireless MC2 picks up a signal from the audio output of the detector and works on later-model bikes and full-face helmets. Display attaches to the helmet visor. It's $299 after rebate.

Fit And Fabulous

heart monitorPolar's latest and greatest heart monitor does more than take your pulse. The F11 counts calories burned during multiple workouts, sets daily targets for heart-rate zone, and tests cardiovascular fitness to help track training results over months. Tailor the "Keeps U Fit Workout Program" to your personal goals and transfer data between the device and What's it all add up to? A $160 personal trainer with a very good memory.

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