RCA 1100 eBook (U.S. only)
Available at B&N.com
Now you can reclaim all those wasted moments spent riding elevators and waiting for people who never make it to meetings on time. Just flick a switch and you have everything from the morning news to the latest Grisham novel at your fingertips.
The new eBooks have clearer backlit screens, better software, built-in modems, and stretch more mileage out of their batteries. And at only 18 ounces, it's a heck of a lot lighter than that PC you've been lugging around.
If you really want to impress someone, purchase The Year's Best Science Fiction: 16th Annual Collection (from St. Martin's Press) in e-book format and load it up. It's only an extra $14.36 at B&N.com.
$299 for the Sony SVR 2000 (after $100 mfg. rebate)
Available at 800.com Electronics
We know--it's a year old, and that little cartoon Tivo character is really annoying; but if you spend any time watching cable TV (and really, who doesn't?), TiVo is the gadget to get. The Sony machine has 30 hours of recording time. You've gotta like it just for the Joe Namath commercials they're advertising it with this season.
The service is $9.95/month, so if you want to be extra nice, you can pop over to Tivo.com and sign the lucky person up for their first month (or give them a lifetime subscription for another $199).
Creative Labs MP3 Jukebox (known as D.A.P Jukebox in Europe)
Available at ThinkGeek
Anyone remember the EO Personal Communicator? It was the first handheld device to use the Kittyhawka 20M hard drive the size of a quarter. Those little hard drives are coming back big time, and now they'll store 6 GB worth of your favorite MP3s and WAVs. If you want that much music to fit in the palm of your hand, then the MP3 Jukebox is for you.
The Jukebox is the size of a portable CD player and weighs just 14 ounces. It has EAX technology and support for FourPointSurround sound to guarantee a superior audio experience. A USB port allows you to exchange files with your PC and can be used to upgrade the Jukebox itself.
2.4 GHz Color Video Surveillance System
Available from The Sharper Image
This wireless surveillance system includes a camera that runs on four AA batteries and transmits color and sound to the base unit pictured here (AC adapter included). A/V output jacks let you record it all on your VCR. And because the system runs at 2.4 GHz, it won't interfere with all that Bluetooth stuff you're thinking about buying.