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First Look at the Latest Tech Gadgets

Updated from 8:12 a.m. EST

LAS VEGAS -- Forget everything you've ever been told about size mattering.

San Disk (SNDK - Get Report) has the smallest big announcement at this year's CES show, here in Las Vegas.

Less than a month ago I told you about San Disk's 8GB microSD memory card. It's the size of the nail on your pinky.

Today, it has announced a breakthrough 12GB microSD card. Now you can add as much memory to you smartphone to match the newest static-memory iPods.

The cards should hit the market in the next three to four months. Price has yet to be announced.

The 8GB card retails for $200.

Here are some of the other interesting new gadgets we are finding at the show:

Sanyo's (SANYY) Xacti HD1000 is an HD camcorder that you can fit in your pocket.

The world's smallest and lightest full 1920-by-1080 pixels (of a full 1080i) video recorder can also take four-megapixel stills -- at the same time!

Built in to this tiny package is a 2.7-inch widescreen display -- quite large in terms of the overall size of the camcorder.

The HD1000 is capable of recording nearly 85 minutes of full HD video or more than five hours of standard TV-quality (640 x 480) video onto an eight-gigabyte SDHC memory card.

CES '08: Nokia's New Green Phone

Recorded video quality seems great, but we'll know more when I get a sample to test.

The HD1000 retails for $800.

MagicJack is a new $40 device that delivers telephone service via your computer. It's been announced that the device is out of the beta, or testing, stage.

The MagicJack plugs into one of your computer's USB jacks. You can then attach a handset or headset to the MagicJack and make all the free local and long distance calls you want for a year. The second year's calls costs $20 for a full year's worth of calls.

When you travel overseas, you can use it to make free calls back to the U.S. And, if you attach a wireless, multihandset phone system you can use MagicJack throughout your home.

The device itself costs $40 and is simple to install and use. I've been testing a beta version for a while now and have successfully used MagicJack to call friends and family all over the country. Incoming and outgoing call quality has been good. I'll let you know shortly how well the full release version works.

In addition to the very cool automobile GPS units from Garmin (GRMN - Get Report), there's a new hand-held unit coming to market as well as a very cool wristwatch unit for runners. It's not the first GPS watch I've ever seen -- but it could be the coolest.

The Forerunner 405 can track a runner's speed, distance, heart rate and location. By tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel, runners can begin a new workout, access their training history or challenge what Garmin calls a "virtual partner."

CES '08: Garmin Wants to Run With You

The 405 is also a very good-looking watch. Prices begin at $300.

And, Herman Miller (MLHR - Get Report), the design firm that brings us the Aeron office chair, is now creating the Be Collection -- an entire line of super-stylish "personal work tools and accessories." Its motto is: "Be comfortable -- Be organized -- Be connected."

Herman Miller C2
Introduced at this year's CES is the C2 Personal Climate Control Device. In layman's terms, it's a desktop heating and cooling unit. According to Herman Miller, it responds to one of the most vexing issues in the work environment -- personal temperature control.

The device is built upon advanced thermal-electric technology used in making luxury car seats. The C2 allows the user to select warm or cool, depending on preference -- moving 20-30 degree warmed air -- or air cooled by seven degrees. Its experts believe you need to sit about two feet away for the maximum effect.

According to Herman Miller, "a common problem in today's work environment is finding a temperature that works for everyone. C2 can solve that issue for individuals in an energy-efficient and safe way."

The C2 has a list price of $300.

For a look at a photo gallery from the CES show, click here .
With 34 years experience as a journalist -- the last 27 with NBC -- Gary Krakow has seen all the best and worst technology that's come along. Gary joined before it actually went online in July 1996. He produced and anchored the first live Webcast of a presidential election in November 1996. With a background as a gadget freak, audiophile and ham radio operator, Krakow started writing reviews for both Audio and Stereophile Magazines in the 80s. Once at, Krakow started writing a column to help feed his personal passion for playing with gadgets of all types, shapes and sizes. Within a short time, that column became a major force in many electronics industries -- audio, video, photography, GPS and cell phones. Readership soared, and manufacturers told him they had actual proof that a positive review in his column sold thousands of their products. Many electronics manufacturers have used quotes from his reviews in their sales literature as well as on their Web sites. There have also been a few awards too, including Emmys in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

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