What's New, What's Hot: Oct. 15, 2007

1. Cool Vest. Taking your dog on a trip to the Hot Zone? This import from Japan might be just the thing to keep Fido cool and comfortable during the dog days. The Cool Vest, which contains no chemical gels, is made of a washable fabric that absorbs and retains water so that simply soaking the adjustable vest provides man's best friend with protection from direct and indirect sunlight. At the same time, its laminated lining keeps dogs dry. From mini dachshund ($50.95) to German shepherd ($58.95); www.gramercydistribution.com/productinfo.html.

2. Sony VAIO TZ.At only 2.7 pounds and as thin as a rail at less than an inch, this notebook computer was a wonderful travel mate during a recent 10-day trip in British Columbia that included several flights aboard cramped float planes, where luggage space was at a premium. The laptop features an 11.1-inch screen, a full keyboard, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, next-generation wireless technology, optional wide-area network technologies provided by Sprint (subscription required), an integrated fingerprint reader for security and something Sony calls LocationFree software that enables enhanced entertainment options. The operating system is Microsoft's Windows Vista Business. Starts at $2,200; www.sony.com/vaio.

3. Arthur Frommer's Expandable Trolley Upright.Yes, the redoubtable travel writer, publisher and founder of Frommer's travel guides is out with a line of luggage designed to be lightweight, durable and fairly priced. The 21-incher (shown here), like most bags in the new collection, has a graphite frame, in-line skate wheels, a one-button-locking trolley handle, front and back pockets, an integrated ID tag on the trolley uprights and a zip-out suiter panel. For extra packing, the bag expands by two inches when you need it. The Frommer's set ranges from a 29-inch trolley to a 12-by-10-by-9-inch personal bag. $79.99; www.ebags.com.

4. Becker Traffic Assist Highspeed GPS.The average driver needs a global positioning system (GPS) just to navigate through the maze of GPS units on the market. The German-engineered Becker, introduced in the U.S. by Harman International and sold exclusively at Office Depot outlets and online, offers a speed-limit alert and display in addition to the usual bells and whistles: a 3.5-inch touch screen; 64 megabytes of memory, expandable via an SD card; built-in Navteq maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico; two internal speakers; a WMA-MP3 player; and a JPEG viewer. A universal dash-mounting system enables the unit to be attached to a bicycle, if that is how you are heading down the road. $199; www.officedepot.com.

5. Flatterme Leg Pocket. This cute and effective theft deterrent is designed to give travelers a leg up on pickpockets and other evil-doers lurking at airports and train stations and in hotel lobbies. Appropriate for men and women, the Leg Pocket -- a wallet attached to the wearer's leg, ankle, thigh, wrist, bicep or calf with an appropriately sized band -- is available in lamb leather, patent leather and suede. From $31 to $35; www.flatterme.com.


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