Personal Tech: Rx Master From Excalibur Electronics, The Flock Browser, The Pharos Traveler GPS 525, Sonos Zoneplayer, BOB From Hopscotch Technology, Compactflash Elite Pro Card, Dliveo, A Web-Based File Delivery System - InformationWeek

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Personal Tech: Rx Master From Excalibur Electronics, The Flock Browser, The Pharos Traveler GPS 525, Sonos Zoneplayer, BOB From Hopscotch Technology, Compactflash Elite Pro Card, Dliveo, A Web-Based File Delivery System

The Flock browser offers some handy extras to social networking fans, namely photo-sharing services, blogs, and bookmark-sharing sites; Dliveo is a Web-based file delivery system that hopes to become the FedEx of file transfers; and Kingston Technology has bumped up the capacity of its largest CompactFlash Elite Pro card to 8 Gbytes.

Rx Master from Excalibur Electronics

Rx Master from Excalibur Electronics
THE DOCTOR'S IN
The Rx Master from Excalibur Electronics is like carrying your doctor around in your pocket. It answers questions about prescription meds--everything from interactions with food to why a drug is used and how it works to what to do if a dose is missed. The $30 Rx Master, which includes a built-in pill drawer, stores doctor contact information, drug schedules, and other personal data for two users. It also gives the names of generic brands that can be substituted for high-priced drugs.


The Flock browser

The Flock browser
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FLOCK TO THE WEB
The Flock browser offers some handy extras to social networking fans, namely photo-sharing services, blogs, and bookmark-sharing sites. Flock supports blogs that use WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, Drupal, and Blogger. The browser, in beta, is more limited in its choice of photo services: It uses only Flickr and Photobucket.

The Pharos Traveler GPS 525

The Pharos Traveler GPS 525
TRAVEL BUDDY
The Pharos Traveler GPS 525 is a handy combination of Pocket PC and GPS. The $500 device may be small, but it's packed with some impressive hardware. It contains a SiRFstarIII GPS receiver along with an SC32442X 300MHz processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and up to 128 Mbytes of memory. The Traveler comes with Microsoft Windows Mobile version 5.0 software, and it's preloaded with maps of 50 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Peripherals include a car charger, windshield bracket mount, headset, USB cable, and USB SD card reader.


Sonos ZonePlayer

Sonos ZonePlayer
IN THE ZONE
Sonos ZonePlayer lets you tie all your sound sources together into one seamless network, but its original model is pricey. The new ZonePlayer 80 offers a more affordable system. The iPod-esque controller lets you wirelessly control up to 32 amplified ZonePlayers. One of them must be connected to a wired Ethernet cable, but the others can operate wirelessly. Each ZonePlayer can act as a player and a sound interface. The original Sonos starter kit includes a remote unit and two ZP100 ZonePlayers for $1,200. For $1,000, the ZonePlayer 80 includes one remote and two ZP80 ZonePlayers.

BOB from Hopscotch Technology

BOB from Hopscotch Technology
PARENTS' HELPER
Parents in search of the ultimate enforcer for "No TV" edicts can turn to BOB from Hopscotch Technology. The time management device lets parents set time limits on a device for up to six users, each with a separate PIN; parents can watch any time. BOB promises a 3-minute setup. Time's up, power goes off, and the court of no appeals shuts off the TV, PlayStation, or computer. BOB sells at Amazon.com and J&R Music & Computer World (search on BOB1) for $99 and will soon be available at 19 Micro Center locations and Target.com.


CompactFlash Elite Pro card

CompactFlash Elite Pro card
SNAP AWAY
Kingston Technology has bumped up the capacity of its largest CompactFlash Elite Pro card to 8 Gbytes. Pro photographers are the most likely customers for the $400 card, but amateurs with digital single-lens reflex cameras can shoot at the highest resolution without worrying about available memory.

Dliveo, a Web-based file delivery system

Dliveo, a Web-based file delivery system
DLIVEO DELIVERS
Dliveo is a Web-based file delivery system that hopes to become the FedEx of file transfers. Dliveo uses its servers to handle transfers of unlimited size between Internet users, providing 128-bit security, bandwidth throttling to preserve quality of service, and an easy-to-use interface. Best of all, it's free, if you're willing to accept the banner ads and a 100-recipient address restriction. If not, two pricing tiers, one for consumers and one for businesses, will be available next month.

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