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The Best of What's New

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, November 16, 2000

The Best of What's New. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. From light bulbs that can't break to a digital camera that prints instant pictures... .Popular Science magazine is out with its annual Best of What's New edition. It covers one hundred products in all. We can tell about a few. For instance, there is the iRobot... .with a built in camera and microphone that can be controlled from anywhere in the world over the Web. IRobot President Helen Greiner... .

"You can use it to keep an eye on your babysitter, you can use it to see if your dog ate your geraniums, you can use it to go say goodnight at the bedside of a spouse who you stranded at home."

Orders are being taken now for the five thousand dollar iRobot for delivery in the first quarter of next year. Then, have you ever heard a camera do this... .(sound) Fuji's FinePix 40i is a new breed of digital camera. Product manager Darin Bepple (Bep-ley) says it can take four megapixel stills, video clips... .and play MP3 music...

"This does everything. You don't have to carry a CD player with you anymore. You don't have to carry a bulky camera with you or a video camera. All of the technology is built into a really small camera about the size of a cigarette pack."

And the same kind of solid state memory technology that you'll find in the camera... is being used by SanDisk to create a sort of digital dog tag for the military. SanDisk's David Guidry...

"What you have is you have your medical history stored on this and then if the soldier is hurt in the field then the field medic when he comes in, he has a little adaptor, he can plug this thing into a handheld device."

You'll have a lot of fun browsing the rest of the Best of What's New at PopSci.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.