Your Technology May 24, 1999

LIFESAVER Back-country skiers, snowboarders and mountaineers who get buried in avalanches will soon have a new way to stay alive while waiting to be rescued. The AvaLung by Black Diamond Equipment ($200, available in September) is a special mesh vest designed to keep snow from melting around the face and freezing into a deadly ice mask. A tube filters fresh air into the wearer's mouth and then channels warm, moist, exhaled air safely out the back.

MIGHTY MOUSE It's a dirty little secret any gamer worth his or her salt knew all along: nobody really needs all those fancy joysticks,...

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