Technology: Gearing Up for 2006

For some, Christmas comes the first week in January, when the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in Las Vegas. This year 2,500 exhibitors showcased everything from a 103-in. plasma TV to a portable ½-in.-thick satellite radio. Here are the products and the services we considered to be best in show.


Mindstorm NXT isn't your typical Lego set. Equipped with a 32-bit computer as well as USB 2.0 and Bluetooth interfaces, it lets you build robots that walk, talk and interact with their environment. Available in August. $250


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