Gadgets Galore on Display at Consumer Electronics Show
May. 29, 1992
CHICAGO (AP) _ A gadget that keeps track of straying youngsters and a watch intended to help travelers cope with jet lag are among hundreds of electronic ideas on display at the summer Consumer Electronics Show.
The four-day event, which ends Sunday, also features a countless array of games, magazines, disks and devices aimed at boosting the skills - and spending - of video-game junkies.
They're expected to be among the estimated 100,000 consumers visiting the show when a portion of it is opened to the public Saturday for the first time in its history.
On Thursday, Honolulu-based A&H International Inc. showed off its BeeperKid, which consists of two compact radio transceivers, one for the child and one for the parent.
When the child gets about 35 feet away, the parent's beeper goes off. The parent also can beep the child. The company says the device also can help keep track of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Jacob Ha, an A&H vice president, said the product will sell for $149 when it goes on sale in July.
Inventor Ross Mitchell, president of Jet Lag Watch Co. in Newton Highlands, Mass., displayed a $69 watch that he said ''eliminates the psychological component of jet lag - the time-zone shock.''
An airplane passenger programs the watch with the current local time, the time at the destination and the flight's length.
''If you're going west, it will move slower,'' Mitchell said. ''If you're going east, it moves faster.''
The show also is the temporary home to gadgets that teach and gizmos that entertain.
Oregon Scientific is showing its eight-language translator that displays 10,000 words per language, including Russian, and 150 key phrases on a liquid crystal screen.
The $99.95 product also features a currency and metric converter, calculator and device telling the time of day in 128 cities worldwide.
Triax Controls Inc., based in Albany, N.Y., is offering a $25 to $35 controller aimed at eliminating ''numb thumb,'' blisters and thumb fatigue suffered by video-game enthusiasts. The Turbo Touch 360 will be available in stores in late summer.
Triax says the controller uses electronic ''touch sensitive'' technology rather than the conventional rocker switch to control the movement and direction of objects on the TV screen.
And there's a three-dimensional TV system that doesn't require viewers to wear special glasses.
Instead of having two images side by side that must be seen through special glasses, the television uses overlapping liquid crystal screens to provide the 3-D effect. John Bass, of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Bass Group, said the system would cost less than $1,000 when it reaches the market after a two- to six-month trial run.
''It gives you no headaches like glasses can,'' Bass said.