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Click kit review: CES
Richard Taylor
By Richard Taylor
Editor, BBC Click Online

With so much technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Richard Taylor looks at some of the gadgets available, including a high-tech sewing machine, unusual MP3 players, and a signal booster for mobile phones.

Consumer Electronics Show
The Consumer Electronics show is the largest in the world
There are more than 50,000 gadgets at the CES.

Trawling the halls here can be overwhelming.

The ideas have come in abundance.

Some are fresh takes on old ideas. There is even one that might appeal to granny, the hi-tech sewing machine.

With the help of a little white box it wirelessly accepts downloads of new designs to help unleash all that creative potential.

Other gadgets are not so much fresh as aromatic, though no doubt some will turn their noses up at the concept of desktop smell-a-vision. We have been here before.

There is plenty of more conventional stuff on view too.

Some high-definition TV's look regular enough, and others, well they are just plain old showing off.

In fact the superlatives abound here, though most veer towards the diminutive.

This is especially true of music players. So much is crammed into so little these days, you have got to ask yourself wherever next?

On show was one which was claimed to be the smallest in the world.

Five gigabytes of storage, on a one inch hard drive, plus a viewer for your photos to boot.

In fact these days it is hard to escape the MP3 revolution.

Like MP3 binoculars. And for the non bird-watchers amongst us, then perhaps the idea of an MP3 watch might appeal more.

Music Makers

One of the themes of CES is mobility and being able to enjoy personal entertainment wherever you are
For music lovers who want to experiment as well as listen to music, here is an interesting idea. UMixIt is a piece of software that takes pre-recorded music and allows you to tweak it to your heart's content.

So you can isolate keyboards or drums, or whatever and effectively recreate your own mix.

Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler told me he thought it was the way forward:

"You can take what in the old days used to go on two inch oxide and the big machines in the studio and now have it on your laptop."

Mobile technology

High definition televisions
Will there be strong demand for high-definition television in 2005?
One of the themes of CES is mobility and being able to enjoy personal entertainment wherever you are.

TV on your mobile, or digital multimedia broadcasting is something Korea already has and the rest of the world eagerly awaits.

Until then we will have to make do with more mundane but arguably more practical developments on the mobile front.

Bluetooth headsets are becoming more sophisticated, with built-in ringtones and vibration alert, LCD's telling you who is calling, and noise cancelling technology to improve the quality of the call.

There was even a device which could be the answer to a lot of dropped calls, a signal booster.

Christina Kim, BlueMax Communication says:

"You attach it to your phone. It's wireless and comes with it's own battery which is rechargeable. All you need is a minimal amount of signal and it boosts to the maximum."

There is so much to see which is why I will be dishing out another helping of gadgets next week.


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