At CES, Music Gadgets To Groove By Music is in the air at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Companies have developed a range of gadgets for your ears and your eyes to make listening to music and talking on the phone as easy as pushing a button.
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At CES, Music Gadgets To Groove By

This year, consumers can have their pick of how they get their music delivered. Whether it's through a pair of stylish sunglasses or wireless headphones, the sound of music can follow you wherever you go. Here, a look at some of the innovative musical products on display at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Through The Looking Glass

Liz Kerton displays TriSpecs Bluetooth sunglasses.
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If you want people to think that you're talking to yourself, don a pair of Trispecs' stylist sunglasses and hit the streets. These sunglasses (they can also accommodate prescription lenses) allow someone to switch between talking on the phone and listening to music with the touch of a button.


You'll hear your conversation and music in stereo — in both ears through retractable ear buds located at the end of the eyeglass stems. One of the stems features MP3 controls and the other features phone and volume controls. These allow you to listen to music via Bluetooth from a phone or MP3 player. If a call comes in, you can take it; the music will automatically pause, and then resume once you hang up. These James Bond-like glasses, which sell for $199, have two microphones and a noise elimination feature that could come in handy for those calls you might take in the middle of a Hollywood premiere.

Sound On A String

The Earbud Yo-Yo, by Covington Creations, helps keep headset cords under control.
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If you like to yo-yo, then you'll love the concept behind the Earbud Yo-Yo. It's a simple device to wind up a headphone cord so that you can reel in or let out excess portions without getting it all tangled. Covington Creations is selling them for $11 to $16 through its Web site.


Headphones With No Strings Attached

SlotPhones are a cordless headphone with a removable memory card.
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Adrenaline Technologies has created SlotPhones, a collapsible black-and-white headphone that has an MP3 player and recorder as well as a wireless Bluetooth receiver to communicate with your mobile phone. There are no cords, so you can go for a run and listen to music or talk on the phone without having the cord get in the way. The $130 headphone also features a removable memory card slot that reads microSD cards.

Wind It Up And Dance

Eton's Solarlink FR600 is powered by up to four sources.
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Eton continues to develop elegant wind-up radios that allow you to tune into all kinds of things including radio, television and NOAA's weather reports. Now, the company has developed the Solarlink FR600, an $80 device with a digital display, that can be powered by four sources including a hand crank, solar power, AA batteries — or the old-fashioned way (via an AC adapter). An added bonus is that it can connect to an iPod for playing tunes or charging. That's in addition to being able to charge a cell phone if you have the correct adapter (the company will provide it once you register the product).

Do-It-Yourself DJ

A Pacemaker portable DJ system by Swedish company Tonium is displayed at the show.
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If you're tired of paying a lot for you and your friends to dance the night away, Tonium, a Swedish company, has developed the Pacemaker. The hand-held device looks allows anyone — including professional DJs — to put a mix together for a party at home or at a club. It stores the mix on an internal hard drive, and the mix you create can also be uploaded to the Internet. But with a price tag of $550, you may have to charge a cover to help finance it.