Gadget Spot: Gadgets To Watch

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Elsewhere in this issue you'll meet this year's People to Watch. In their honor, I've created my own Gadgets to Watch list. While none of these products are available today, you might very well be buying one or two in the coming year(s).

Actually, Asus might release their Eee Keyboard (priced between $500 and $600) as early as this September.

At less than two pounds, this full-size computer keyboard has a built-in PC complete with a 32 GB solid-state drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, a speaker, mic and a 5.5-inch interactive touchscreen display. The keyboard also has a radio chip that can beam video (including HD video) up to 15 feet to your TV (as long as you plug in Asus' specially designed receiver). may look like just another online portal dedicated to internet radio, but the company's ambitions run much higher.

MiRoamer joined with Blaupunkt to showcase the New Jersey 600i in-dash receiver at January's Consumer Electronics Show and March's CeBIT 2009. Billed as the first internet car radio, this gadget is capable of playing more than 20,000 internet radio stations from around the world through your car speakers.

The receiver uses Bluetooth to connect to the internet via your phone's high-speed 3G, HSPA or HSDPA connection. A miRoamer account allows owners to manage the internet radio stations it can receive. When - and if - this in-dash radio makes it to market later this year, the receiver (which also plays AM/FM radio and CDs) is expected to cost between $300 and $400.

The next Gadget to Watch is one you literally can watch. Samsung's MBP200 is a pocket-size projector, aka pico projector. Weighing only a third of a pound, this gadget will connect to a smartphone or a laptop to project an image comparable in size to a 50-inch TV screen.

Samsung says the MBP200 also natively supports PDF and Microsoft Office files for display without any attachment. Samsung doesn't say when the product will hit the market or at what price.

Finally, while "Made in China" doesn't connote the gold standard these days, gadget geeks have to take note when that country produces a speaker that's barely an inch long on each side. The aptly named Super Mini Cube is powered by an integrated lithium-ion battery, connects to your computer or media player via a 3.5mm cable, and will cost just $10.

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