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Tuesday focus: Gadgets

Tue., Sept. 30, 2008, midnight

With Aluratek’s USB Internet Radio Jukebox, you can catch your favorite online radio stations from any PC connected to the Internet. The Internet Radio Jukebox, providing quick access to more than 13,000 stations in more than 150 countries, plugs into a PC’s USB port. Once you find your favorites, you can save them for quick access on any PC. The plug-and-play device costs $50.

Save your eardrums: GameChanger Products has created headphones that play music through your bones directly to your inner ear. Thanks to “bone conduction technology,” the company says its Audio Bone 1.0 headphones are able to deliver stereo sound to your inner ear without blasting sound through your eardrum. Because the headphones don’t need to go directly into your ear, you can listen to music while tuning into surrounding sounds, such as a ringing phone. Available in black, blue, orange and white, the headphones cost $189.

Spills are no problem: When your coffee cup tips over, IOGEAR’s Spill-Resistant Desktop Keyboard can take the heat. Designed to withstand accidental spills, the keyboard has a drain hole that keeps spilled liquids from undoing the keyboard’s ability to work. The slim ergonomic keyboard includes shortcut multimedia keys and a detachable rubber-coated wrist rest. It costs $30.

High-speed photos: Speed’s the thing with Casio’s Exilim EX-FH20 digital camera. The camera can snap 40 shots per second in burst mode and record high-speed movies at 1,000 frames per second. In fact, the camera works so quickly that it can even capture motion the human eye can’t usually perceive. When quality matters more than speed, its high-definition movie mode can capture video with a resolution of 1,280 pixels by 720 pixels at 30 fps. Priced at $600, the 9.1-megapixel camera features a 20x optical zoom, anti-shake technology, high-speed night shooting and the ability to work with several kinds of media cards. It will go on sale in October.

Gannett News Service


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