(Business 2.0) – Audio Specs
The look of Oakley's Thump isn't for everyone, but the sound is. The music-playing shades fit a miniature 256MB drive (which holds 120 songs), tiny MP3 player (with equally tiny controls), downloading port, and rechargeable battery into a 1.8-ounce package. Telescoping, wire-free earbuds slide into place before you launch into your morning jog, and the view from behind the UV lenses is music to your eyes. Oakley Thump: $495; www.oakley.com.
Who needs a desktop PC? With Ximeta's NetDisk, a 160GB wireless hard drive, you can wander the halls with your laptop as if you were parked in front of your office machine. As long as you're within 100 yards of the videotape-size 802.11g device, you can share documents, back up your data, and access the Web. Ximeta NetDisk Wireless 160GB: $349; www.ximeta.com.
Under Your Thumb
IBM's laptop engineers know we've all been there, frozen with fear while trying to recall the password that fires up a computer. So they installed a fingerprint scanner on the ThinkPad T42, which reads a digit and then unlocks the desktop. Of course, there are other reasons to keep the 1.8-GHz PC to yourself: The 15-inch monitor is impressively bright, and the computer's keys move as if made by Steinway. IBM ThinkPad T42: $1,699; www.ibm.com.
Leave behind every minute of a bad day at the office with a session on NordicTrack's X10 treadmill. Crank up the machine's incline to a torturous 50 percent grade, grab the resistance cables that work your arms, and climbing Mt. Everest suddenly seems like dancing the polka. Eight different programmable workout routines quite literally keep you on your toes. NordicTrack Incline Trainer X10: $2,299; www.nordictrack.com.
Remember the details of your CEO's last big appearance—the charismatic speech that had you ready to storm the castle walls? Of course not. Next time let the tiny Philips GoGear camcorder catch the moment. Only somewhat longer than a lipstick case and less than an inch thick, the GoGear stores 25 minutes of MPEG-4 digital video, nearly 200 2-megapixel digital snapshots, or 60 MP3 files. About the only thing it can't do is download quickly: The camera-to-computer link is a poky USB 1.1 port. Philips GoGear Digital Camcorder: $199; www.doyourthing.philips.com.
Samsung's p735 makes an argument for leaving the digital camera behind. A 1-megapixel shooter is mounted on the GSM phone's swiveling head and easily captures every angle of that one-off factory prototype. Fortunately, you can fire with impunity: The p735 has 64MB of memory—enough to store 500 pictures—and additional capacity via plug-in memory cards. A knoblike navigation pad adds to the inch-thick phone's bulk but also provides quick access to the Web and e-mail. Samsung p735: $450; www.samsungusa.com. — MATTHEW MAIER