Updated from 8:12 a.m. EST
LAS VEGAS -- Forget everything you've ever been told about size mattering.
San Disk (SNDK) 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:
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.
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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)
, 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."
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The 405 is also a very good-looking watch. Prices begin at $300.
And, Herman Miller (MLHR)
, 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