SUUNTO X10 WATCH: While the chunky Suunto X10 might not go well with a tuxedo, James Bond would still love it. The watch hides a Global Positioning System unit, stopwatch, compass, barometer and altimeter into a package not much bigger than 007's Omega.
Because the X10 can track GPS satellites, you can record and download your last run or hike to Google Earth or other digital mapping programs. You can also plan routes and set waypoints for future trips on a PC using the included Track Exporter software.
The X10 offers 33 percent longer battery life than its predecessor, the X9i, and charges via an included USB cable. It also uses a newer GPS chip that finds and locks onto satellites faster than the X9i.
If you become lost, a press of the “Find Home” button will direct you back along the same route you came or even offer a more direct route. The watch also displays current speed and distance traveled.
It should be available this month, sadly without the sleeping gas attachments available from Q branch. John Biggs, New York Times
Device lets you link computers
IOGEAR USB LAPTOP KVM SWITCH ($130): For people who routinely use two computers at once, a keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) switch has long been a useful add-on: with it, you can use the same keyboard, monitor and mouse and simply switch between PCs. Of course, the computers remain separate devices – they are not linked or networked as a result.
That's why Iogear's new USB Laptop KVM Switch ($130) is so interesting. One double-ended cable connects two Windows PCs or laptops together (a Mac version should be available soon). Then, you can use one PC to control the other and even drag files and folders between the machines.
This isn't as esoteric as it may sound. If you bring your company's laptop home and connect it to your PC with this cable, you can share and sync files between the two machines. You can add an external hard drive or other peripheral “between” the two computers that both machines can use.
You can also use your laptop as a second screen: Your e-mail inbox could live on the laptop's smaller screen while, say, a large spreadsheet is on your larger monitor. And since you'll also be using your full-size keyboard and mouse for both machines, you won't just be more productive – you'll be more comfortable. John Biggs, New York Times
It's time to pad your looks
GIRL TECH STYLIN' STUDIO ($60): Combining a graphics tablet with a built-in camera and a computer-based set of creativity tools, Stylin' Studio, out last month from Girl Tech, part of the Radica division of Mattel, is the latest thing in face-editing technology. Intended for older girls, Stylin' Studio ($60, www.girltech.com) is this year's replacement for Digi Makeover, a TV-connected toy that was harder to use.
First, you install the software on a Windows computer and plug in the USB cable. Next, you start the software, line up your face in the viewfinder and snap a photo, a process made easier by a small mirror. You can also import any face from a digital photo, if you want to give your parents earrings or put a tiara on your Facebook picture.
The real fun begins when you start smearing on the eyeliner or mixing and matching the hair, clothing, jewelry, backgrounds and photo frames, all of which can be dragged and dropped into place with the stylus. You can save your work as standard photo files for convenient e-mailing to your local modeling agency. Warren Buckleitner, New York Times