by Stephen R.Jones (Sunday evening, November 14, 1999)
The following sponsors were scheduled to exhibit at DigitalFocus:
Psion Model 7
A beefier big brother to the already impressive Model 5, the Psion Model 7 is a no compromise mobile companion. Need stylus input AND a compact touch-typeable keyboard? Need full-function office applications? Need a full, vga-width web browser that can run Java applets? The Psion has all that and more. No wonder Bill Gates considers this Epoc OS powered device a real threat to Windows CE.
Sony Vaio Music Clip
Holy shrinkage, Batman! This tiny black or silver solid-state MPEG music player from Sony is smaller than a Pez dispenser (less than 5 in. long) but crams 2 hours of ATRAC3, MP3 or WAV audio into its 64Mb flash memory. Just pump some tunes into it via USB from your PC or laptop, connect some headphones, and you have enough juice to jam for up to five hours on one AA battery. As usual, Sony has added nice details like three equalizer presets (Rock/Pop/Jazz), a backlit LCD display and an upgradeable codec (which means the Music Clip can adapt to changing music standards). A real pocket-sized audio marvel, the Sony Vaio Music Clip will be available soon for $300.
Targus Universal Auto/Air Adapter
Whether you do your mobile computing in trains, planes, or automobiles, Targus has released a product that your laptop will really get a charge out of. When you are on the move and don't want to drain your laptop's battery, the Auto/Air Adapter is designed to tap into your car's lighter or even the power adapters showing up in newer airline seats. What makes this a "universal" solution is that Targus provides connectors, called PowerTips, that plug into over 75% of all notebooks including Compaq, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Toshiba, Sharp and Panasonic notebooks as well as, most recently, Dell and Sony laptops. This versatility means you can almost always find mobile power and won't likely have to buy a new power adapter when you upgrade your laptop.
Xircom - PortStation
PortStation is universal docking station for your USB notebook (or PC) and a real cable tamer. Mix and match your choice of snap-together expansion modules for instant connectivity to Ethernet 10 Lans, 56K/ISDN/DSL/Cable Modems, USB hubs, and parallel or serial port devices. When you're done, a single USB cable instantly jacks you into your entire home office, corporate network, or the Internet.
The basic PortStation plus parallel port, serial ports, and a 4-port USB hub is $254. Replace the USB hub with an Ethernet port and it will cost you around $289.
Xircom - RealPort CardBus Ethernet 10/100+Modem 56
Xircom's line of RealPort communication adapters eliminate the flimsy pop-out jacks and proprietary cables of other notebook modems or LAN adapters and replaces them with standard, full-sized jacks integrated right into a PCCard package. The 1.3 oz. (36 g) unit pictured above (model RBEM56G-100BTX) includes modem, ethernet, and telephone pass-thru connectors along with a GSM/Cellular/ISDN connector and is around $150.
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