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The latest tech toys you'll want, including Kyocera's Koi camera phone and OQO's Ultra Personal Computer.
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We often want what we can't have, and we can't have a few of the products showcased here just yet. The Kyocera Koi, the highest resolution camera phone on the U.S. market, will be available in May. So will Philips' keychain camcorder for surreptitious filmmakers. The closest thing to Japan's ultraportable notebooks, OQO's Ultra Personal Computer, will be launched this fall. We think they're worth their wait.

A backwoods two-way radio with an insurance policy, Motorola's Talkabout T5SOL won't cut conversation short when the batteries die, thanks to a solar boost that extends talk time outdoors. The powerful 22-channel walkie-talkie has a line-of-sight range of five miles and a built-in NiCd rechargeable battery for juicing when you trek to the nearest wall socket. $89 per pair; 866-289-6686; www.motorola.com (Fall)

Another reason not to lose your keys: the Philips KEY019 Camcorder, which is small enough to dangle on a keychain and shoots up to 80 minutes of sharp MPEG-4 video (though not DVD quality, images are on par with VHS). Barely wider than a highlighter, it snaps 2-megapixel photos, serves up MP3 music, and totes up to 128MB of office documents in your pocket. $249; 800-531-0039; www.usa.philips.com (May)

The Kyocera Koi is the first phone to shoot 1.2-megapixel images (four times the resolution of current models, so you can make decent three- by five-inch prints) plus capture 15-second video clips to send to e-mail buddies. The rotating 260,000-color display doubles as the viewfinder, and you can store between 30 and 120 images depending on resolution. Carriers TBA. $299; 800-349-4478; www.kyocera-wireless.com (May)

Panasonic crams five audiovisual features into its four-ounce SV-AV50 D-Snap. With its twist-and-flip two-inch LCD, the device lets you capture 2-megapixel still shots as well as e-mail-friendly MPEG-4 videos. It's also an MP3 player, voice recorder, and portable video recorder that tapes programs from your TV set. Unfortunately, it only comes with a wimpy 8MB memory card. $399; 800-211-7262; www.panasonic.com (Now)

Enjoy music files away from your computer with the Roku SoundBridge M2000, a slick aluminum tube that receives audio streams (both Windows and Mac formats) to be played on your stereo. The fluorescent display couldn't be easier to read, and the remote simplifies searching and shuffling your MP3 collection. Spring for a Wi-Fi card (an extra $80) to broadcast your tunes wirelessly. $499; 866-400-ROKU; www.rokulabs.com (Now)

Last updated: Apr 1, 2004




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