Fem-Tech Is Big Business

Last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a technophile's dream. Some of the products are available now; some are "coming soon"; and others, such as Samsung's $40,000 80-inch plasma TV, are clearly not meant for mere mortals.

Since women are spending about $55 billion a year on the latest electronics, the Technology Is A Girl's Best Friend showcase had its own awards, based on "form, function, overall ease of use, and how these products enhance the daily lives of female consumers." GE's GlamCam, a portable webcam/digital camera/mirror, made the list of honorees, but someone had the good sense to put the Roomba in a different awards category.

At the Consumer Electronics Association site, you can browse through gizmos such as a movie player for your iPod, Sony's portable PlayStation, and video eyewear, and read complete transcripts of keynote speeches by Bill Gates, Carly Fiorina, Craig Barrett and others.