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