A photo printer/scanner that lets you dump the computer, a photo vest that's
more sleek than geek, and other stuff you're gonna love.
Epson's new Stylus Photo RX680 printer/scanner has all the features that made the earlier RX580 great, plus a few more. Hot: For just $200 (direct), it spits out 4x6 photos in 11 seconds, prints onto CDs and DVDs, and puts images and text on both sides of the paper. Image-editing tools let you do basic fixes without a computer. Not: No fax or built-in Wi-Fi (Bluetooth optional). (www.epson.com)
Photo vests can often be just a bit geeky. But English outfitter Billingham's new PhotoVest is one we might actually consider wearing. Hot: Every detail is on target, from the warm yet breathable fabric, to the covered zippers and inside closures, to the wealth of pockets for all your gear. Not: You pay a price for style -- $300, street. (www.rtsphoto.com)
Klutz-Proof Camera Phone
Casio and Verizon Wireless have figured out that people are far from careful with their cell phones. Which is why they've oops-proofed their new camera phone, the G'zOne Type-S ($150, street, after $50 rebate and with a new two-year Verizon contract). Hot: It can withstand shock, high winds and dust, submersion to more than 3 feet for underwater shots, and temperatures above 140 degrees. It even has a flashlight. Bluetooth? Of course. Not: The camera. Resolution is just VGA-quality. (www.verizonwireless.com)
Take It With You Digital frames have been around a while, and alarm clocks far longer. But Mustek's TravelFoto (with a 1.4-inch LCD) stores 70 shots, wakes you up in time, takes up as little room as a deck of cards, and costs only $40 (street). Now that's something to write home about. (www.mustek.com)
Put Words in Someone Else's Mouth Forget lolcats. Now you can turn a photo of any person or animal into an animated, jabbering cartoon. Just upload a photo to Blabberize, select the lower jaw, hit Record, and speak into your computer's mic. Your photo comes to life, ready to broadcast your loved one (okay, victim) all over the web. (www.blabberize.com)