A pocket-size compact disc player, a VCR you can program by telephone and high-fidelity wireless stereo speakers are catching the eyes and ears of buyers at the 22nd annual Summer Consumer Electronics Show.
Also among the tens of thousands of items on display at the four-day event are a battery-operated videocassette recorder, a visual telephone for the home and a video camera that corrects the "jitters" of home moviemakers."This is actually the marketplace for all consumer electronics products," said Cynthia Saraniti, spokeswoman for the show's organizer, the Electronic Industries Association, based in Washington, D.C.
"This is where the retailers, the buyers . . . see what is the newest, the latest technological innovations and how they can market these to the consumer for the next selling season," Ms. Saraniti said Saturday, when the show attracted more than 93,000 visitors in its opening hours.
Many products shown are already on the $32-billion-a-year American market, such high-quality wireless stereo speakers that can receive an electrical signal from a transmitter via AC outlet anywhere inside or outside the same building.
Sony Corp. of America is showing off its D-88 Pocket Discman, the world's smallest compact disc player, with dimensions of about 5-by-5-by-11/2 inches and an ability to play either standard 5-inch discs or new 3-inch discs.
"Sony has been working on the digital equivalent of the 45 (pm rec-ord) for some time," said David Kawakami, a spokesman for the Japanese company's Park Ridge, N.J., office. The smaller discs, which have a 20-minute playing time, are expected to sell for $5, compared with about $15 for standard discs, he said. The Discman has a suggested price of $369, he said.
Among VCRs, Panasonic Co. is offering its PV-4826, which can be programmed with a telephone call from any touchtone phone and retails for $450 to $470. The VCR must be connected to the telephone with a special jack and can be operated by punching a special code on the telephone.
Panasonic, a Japanese company with American headquarters in Secaucus, N.J., also has developed a camcorder video camera that corrects for the jiggling of amateur moviemakers and that sells for $1,999.
The "electronic image stabilization system" of the PV-460 camcorder "eliminates 80 percent of the shake caused by nervous hands," said spokesman Peter Schindo.
Such stabilization has been available previously only on camcorders costing tens of thousands of dollars, he said.
Casio Inc.'s VF-3000 portable video-assette recorder with a built-in miniature television screen and rechargeable battery pack is a shoo-in for people who want to watch their beach-party movies at the beach.
The 5-pound unit, about the size of a large lunchbox, can operate on its batteries for more than two hours and has a suggested retail price of $1,399, said Steve Nosek, a spokesman for the Japanese manufacturer's Dover, N.J.-based subsidiary.
And for those who want to see whom they're talking to on the telephone, there is the $399 Visitel, a device that can turn any phone into a visual one, made by Mitsubishi Electric's Visual Telecom Division, a Japanese manufacturer's subsidiary in Santa Clara, Calif.
The VisiTel, a roughly 8-inch cube, sends a still image in five seconds to anyone with a similar unit, said spokesman Martin Brown.