Photos: Gizmos made in Japan

Photos: Gizmos made in Japan

Summary: Japan is still a leader in product design and innovation. Here are some new and notable gadgets.

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  • Gigabeat/Seagrand

    Although consumer electronics come from around the globe these days, Japan is still a leader in design and innovation. These products are now sold in Japan only (or through a few importers), but may become more prevalent on U.S. shelves. At left, the Gigabeat P from Toshiba. To date, the Gigabeat line has come with hard drives. The 1GB sells for $149.

    At right, Seagrand has started to sell the Xair (pronounced Cross Air) MP3 player. It comes with 256MB, 512MB or 1GB of flash and comes in pink, red, blue, white or silver. Prices top out at $163.

  • Buffalo/Karbiner

    Buffalo has squeezed an LCD screen onto a USB key (left) to help users keep track of files. Prices range from $39 to $81.

    At right, Sharp's latest MP3 player comes with a clip-on Karabiner. It's probably not safe for mountain climbing. The 1GB version sells for $190.

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