LAS VEGAS -- Calling Dick Tracy. The legendary comic book crime-fighter was years ahead of his time by utilizing a "two-way wrist radio" to catch the bad guys. As technology evolved, Mr. T's radio morphed into a two-way wrist TV in the mid-60s. These days, he would surely be sporting a 21st century-ready, two-way wrist cell phone -- just like
new model introduced here at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.
LG's GD910 Watch phone is not the first cell-phone watch to hit the market. Dozens of earlier attempts have been unsuccessful for many reasons, but mainly large overall size and weight and the fact that these stone-age designs were just plain to difficult to use.
LG watch phone
The LG Watch phone is large for a watch but is pretty sleek and cool-looking overall. You can choose the watch face you prefer for the 1.4-inch, touch-screen watch display. Inside there's a sleek, albeit stylishly large watch. As for the phone portion, there's a full quad band GSM/EDGE/HSDPA 3G phone jammed inside. There's also a forward-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth, an MP3 player and a whole lot more. It's also designed to work as a 3G modem for your laptop.
Prices and carriers have not been announced, but it will only work on
3G network frequencies in the U.S. Sales are set to begin in Europe later this year.
Then again, cell phones aren't the only items that are shrinking. Take
Mino HD for example. The MinoHD is a cell phone-sized, high-definition camcorder. It records an hour's worth of 720p video in its 4G of internal storage. The battery recharges when you plug the MinoHD into your computer via its flip-out USB port. The Mino's software (PC and Mac) is built into the camcorder's memory and can install automatically when you plug it into the USB port.
I'll have a full report on the MinoHD when I get back from Las Vegas, but suffice it to say that there are a number of video journalists using this camcorder to file their stories from here. The results are quite encouraging, especially for a device that retails for $230.
makes small, handheld, touch-screen computers. I've had the pleasure of testing every model since they started making these little jewels, but I was blown away when I was introduced to the new OQO 2+ device.
The 2+ is one of the first consumer devices to take full advantage of OLED technology. That's the super-flat, super-bright screen technology that I first told you about
The OQO 2+ is amazing. The screen is absolutely gorgeous and more energy efficient (by 20%) than the "regular" screen model. Right now, OQO is taking orders for the OLED computer. Price is $1,500 and also includes more memory and a larger processor. It's a 50% premium over the regular screen model -- and seemingly worth every penny.
At the opposite end of the miniature spectrum is
new, top-of-the-line HD800 headphones. These are the largest headphones Sennheiser has ever made and also the most comfortable (in my opinion) Sennheisers I've ever used.
These are handmade by German engineers who use the best materials. The speaker drivers inside each earpiece are mounted at 45-degree angles (not flat against the ear) to help reproduce sound the way your ears would hear it in a concert hall environment.
Sennheiser perfection doesn't come cheap though. These beauties will set you back $1,400. I'm hoping to get a review sample soon so I can hear how they sound in a home listening environment.
Gary Krakow is TheStreet.com's senior technology correspondent.