Gadgets provide glimpse of future

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:01 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

The future is not so clear in the gadget world.

As a result, there is not such thing as a futuristic gift.

When you hear someone say, “Hey, that looks futuristic,” you expect to see something like George Jetson would use or that his son, Elroy, would make.

Several items are getting make-overs, but they are the same. Other gifts are unique in size, shape or function but are not from the future.

MP3 players have had many face-lifts, but the most recent is to have more storage and higher quality, yet the items look the same as the others that have less storage and lower quality.

The future of battery-operated massagers is to become more insectlike. There is a massager that looks like a tall ladybug and does all the work.

Digital clocks are having bigger numbers on the faces and others project the time on the ceiling of any room. There is a clock out there for everyone on the shopping list too. Some are have translucent screens with black numbers.

Others give the time, date and temperature. For the science or geography nerd in the family, there is a gyroscope clock with a magnified globe face.

Couch potatoes shall not be left out this gift-giving season either. Televisions, which of course come in all sizes and flat screens, now come in plasma, high definition and digital light processing.

Of course, a television needs a few accessories too, so there are DVD players with hard drives for easy home video editing or DVD recording. Then there are just the classics, VCRs, DVD players and DVD/VCR combination players.

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