I, Cyborg

Weather Reporters & Go-Go Gadgets

May 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
digital gadgets, review, mp3 player, digital watch, pda

   Photo: Mark Wiens

(a) Calculator-watch historians will hardly recognize the CASIO PAG50-1V. A 16-point digital compass with "abnormal magnetic field detection"—which alerts you to potential signal interference—will keep you in line, while the onboard barometer and thermometer will tip you off to approaching stormy weather. ($250; 800-836-8580, www.casio.com) (b) Bound for Whistler's freeride mountain-bike park? Bring the SWISS ARMY STARTECH 4000. Whenever the watch detects an altitude change of 150 feet, the counter springs to life and begins tracking it. ($395; 800-442-2706, www.swissarmy.com) (c) Making bail after every BASE jump can really burn a hole in your pocket, so consider the value-minded HIGH GEAR SUMMIT. It's got the environmental goods: altimeter, compass (crisply rendered on its huge face), thermometer, and barometer. If you end up with vertigo, it won't be from the price. ($160; 888-295-4949, www.highgearusa.com)

(d) Roam if you want to: MOTOROLA's tiny V600 mobile phone gets you an open line on any digital wireless network from Times Square to Turkmenistan. Snap a photo with the built-in camera and beam it to the other side of the planet. ($300; 888-331-6456, www.hellomoto.com) (e) SONY's CLIÉ PEG-TH55 is everything in one box. The digital music player holds seven hours of MP3s (but more than 24 hours in storage mode), the digital camera snares 0.3-megapixel shots, and the Palm organizer holds the rest. ($399; 888-871-8246, www.sonystyle.com) (f) NOMAD's JUKEBOX ZEN XTRA 40GB MP3 player happily devours a music library of more than 10,000 MP3 files—plus text files and JPEGs. And with its zippy next-generation USB 2.0 connection, you could have uploaded a CD's worth of fresh tunes in the time it took you to read this. ($299; 60GB, $399; 800-998-1000, www.creative.com)

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