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The Best Products Of 1999


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The Best Products of 1999

Better living through technology? Believe it. Our annual best products demonstrate the impact of tech on everything from food to financial services. How about a low-calorie candy that's good for you? Or an ultra-low-emission German luxury sedan? Or a fabric that can cool you off or warm you up as the need arises? High tech even adds to home entertainment fun, with products like Sony's MD Discam, whose digital movies can be edited in the camera. If your idea of entertaining fun is trading stocks online, new, all-in-one plans like Merrill Lynch's Unlimited Advantage account give you vast services for one modest fee. What more could you want? How about a cup of yogurt with a built-in spoon?By Roy Furchgott, with Bureau ReportsReturn to top

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In-Your-Face Video

Hooked to a video source such as a digital videodisk player, the $899 Olympus Eye- Trek gives the impression of viewing a 52-inch screen from 6 1/2 feet away while you listen to stereo sound. (www.eye-trek.com)Return to top

Jazzy Jags

The slinky curves are vintage Jag, and the 281 horsepower V8 purrs. By sharing key components with parent Ford's Lincoln ls sedans, Jaguar was able to keep the S-Type's price down to $42,500 for the V6 version and to $48,000 for the V8. The gorgeous sedan is luring new buyers to Jaguar. (www.jaguar.com)Return to top

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Dot.Coms for Lazybones

Couch spuds, rejoice. Services such as New York-based Kozmo.com (www.kozmo.com) and Urbanfetch (www.urbanfetch.com) deliver all the necessities for a weekend veg-out--magazines, junk food, videos--in under an hour, they say. Kozmo is moving into new cities, recently adding Washington, while Urbanfetch is enlarging its menu of services, even selling electronics, should you need a Sega Dreamcast pronto.Return to top

Candy That's Good for You

Talk about guilt-free indulgence. A chewy Viactiv candy ($1.99 for 12) packs 500 milligrams of calcium, half the minimum daily requirement for women. That's good news for women over 30, the majority of whom get too little calcium, according to studies. The chocolate and caramel flavors are tasty, and at 20 calories each, this candy won't bust your diet. (www.viactiv.com)Return to top

A Brand New Bag

Close-fitting bags, like this one from Custard, let teens fish one-handed for books, phones, or whatever they carry. Based on the sacks bike messengers tote, the bags have a sleek profile so you don't slam buddies when you turn. Dozens of companies are cranking out these bags, which range in price from $30 for a nylon model to over $300 for one of fine leather. You'll find a variety at eBags. (www.ebags.com)Return to top


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