Monday, January 12, 2009

CES: Hottest Electronics for 2009 (KATU-TV)

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offers a sneak peek at the newest electronics you won't be able to live without. On Monday, I showed some of these new gadgets on KATU-TV's "AM Northwest".

Here are some of the gadgets I brought back from the show:

SanDisk SlotMusic is the new way to buy music. With songs pre-loaded onto a fingernail-sized MicroSD card, they'll play right in many cell phones. Or pick up the SlotMusic Player for added flexibility. Bonus? All songs are DRM-free so you can shuffle them off to any MP3 Player. ( While there, check out the new 16GB SDHC card announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

The Scuba Series HD 320 snorkel mask has a forehead-positioned camera capable of high-defition video and great stills. They're not quite available yet, but check the announcement at and watch for pricing (about $250) and final availability.

LG Solar Bluetooth Car Kit HFB-500 is a solar-powered speakerphone for your car. Suction cup the card-deck sized gadget to the inside of your windshield, pair to your phone, and enjoy handsfree calling. The HFB-500 uses solar-power so no need to run cables to your cigarette lighter. One hour of charge equals two hours of use. More info at

Another CES award-winner, Clickfree's line of backup solutions makes protecting your data foolproof. Plug it in, click "go" - the software's built-in to the device so it's simple to operate. Already got a hard drive you like? Use the $60 cable to upgrade your existing USB drive to a Clickfree backup solution. (

HP Netbooks are award-winning solutions for business users and consumers alike. The new HP Mini 2140 starts at $500 and has lots of connectivity options -- video out, USB, an ExpressCard slot, even an SD card reader. The Vivienne Tam-designed digital clutch, also from HP, is touted as the world's first digital clutch. They're a bit of a premium at $699, but fashion has a price!

Speck Products launched a new series of portable computer bags at the Consumer Electronics Show. Check 'em out at The PortPack Notebook Shoulder Bag is $80.

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