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Gifts for Geeks and Gadget Freaks

Techstination feature for Thursday, December 17, 1998

Still searching for some gadget kinds of gifts? I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Call them what you will. Gifts for the ultimate geeks and gadget freaks. Frequent listeners know I love digital photography. Two of the best digital cameras that I've seen over the last year are Epson's PhotoPC 700 and the slightly smaller Olympus D-340L. Team either one of them up with a photo quality color printer, and you'll be amazed at the results. If you can't yet spring for a camera, scanners today are remarkably cheap. When it comes to hand-held computers, it is hard to beat the Palm III, but Windows CE devices are trying. Philips Nino was designed with voice control and buttons on both sides. Product manager Mariel Van Tatenhove...

"People can walk into the airport and get information at their fingertips with one hand, standing in a phone booth, look up the phone number, standing in the train station or driving in a car ...and get the most important information out of the device."

For sending and receiving email from anywhere, BellSouth's RIM Interactive Pager, is the most convenient device we've seen. And for wireless web browsing too, OmniPoint offers the amazing Nokia 9000 Communicator. It looks and works like a wireless phone...but opens up into a handheld computer...

"You program your ISP in there. Set the settings just as you would with a laptop computer or your desktop computer and you have access to your email and one touch access to the world wide web."

Nokia's Megan Matthews.