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January 28, 2007

Two new products that caught my eye today, looking over the Sunday paper:

Piaggio MP3

The same company that makes the Vespa scooter apparently has a 3-wheeled model. It’s listed here for $7,000 – which I’m guessing is more than the Vespa? The odd bit is that the three wheels are reversed, with two wheels up front and one in the back. I know John and Alisa have scooters, and Carole and I have thought about getting one for a while, but I’m curious if this is a curiosity or an actual improvement over the Vespa.

Then again, there’s been rumors that the SmartCar is coming to America, so I may want to hold out for one of those.

And, of course, there’s the whole hybrid possibility that I’m still geeked out over.


Smart Companion Operation Technology – a desktop robot/electronic home network interface/whatever you want to call it that’s listed for $400. Its described as “a kind of desktop electronic servant that can obey voice commands to play music, turn off the TV, read you your new e-mails or even alert you to intruders”. It somehow uses face recognition in the mix with a built-in camera, and a wireless connection (presumably to other devices networks in your home).

On some level both of these products seem a bit frivolous, but I’m strangely drawn to each.

One Comment leave one →
  1. weregrouch permalink
    January 31, 2007 3:06 am

    Do some research into the hybrid car before buying. Apparantly they don’t get the wonderful gas mileage that they’re supposed to. Ask John. I can never remember if it’s the city MPG that is the same, or the highway. But for the price you pay, they haven’t worked out enough kinks yet.

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