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A Day (Two, Actually) In a Digital Life

NEW YORK--I took the train up yesterday afternoon to check out the Digital Life show at the Javits Center here. It should be the usual grab bag of computing and consumer electronics gear--but at this show, they also sell tickets to the general public. It will be interesting to see what kind of folks show up for this.

Things started last night with a small exhibition in an auditorium at the New York Times' new building. (I can admit this: The structure looked a little nicer than Post HQ.) The products on display mostly represented incremental advances: a new Slingbox to stream TV to a computer or cell phone; Griffin Technology's Evolve, two wireless speakers linked to an iPod dock; new browser-security software from Zone Labs.

Two items did, however, stick out. D-Link showed a wireless USB hub. You could plug four gadgets into it--printer, memory-card reader, whatever--and use all four from a computer up to 30 feet away. But at $200, this will be an expensive convenience. (Expect it to get cheaper as more companies adopt this standard.)

Then there was something called the BackPackShield, a $249 slab of bulletproof Kevlar, meant to be tucked into Junior's backpack before he toddles off to school.

I dearly wish I could tell you that I made up the last item.

They're about to open up the show floor, so I'll sign off for now. In the meantime: Have a look at today's column, in which I gripe about how much trouble it takes to find out your current and future broadband options at home. And check out today's podcast (listen/subscribe/iTunes), the first to feature myself and deputy financial editor Greg Schneider as co-hosts.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 27, 2007; 11:26 AM ET
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