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  Tech Toys and Gadgets  
     
  BY SIMON DUMENCO  
  PHOTOGRAPHED BY JAMES WORRELL  
     
  Canon’s latest update of its best-selling Elura line, the Elura 50 (its smallest yet) is a sweet little mini-DV camcorder that doubles as a high-res digital still camera. View video or stills on your PC or Mac—or print stills to selected Canon printers, without a computer, using the Bubble-Jet-Direct feature ($800).

J&R Music & Computer World
15-33 Park Row, near Broadway, 212-238-9000

Buy it online at jandr.com.
 
 

 

 

 
  Small Talk
If your kid has turned into a game-addicted mute, the new Microsoft Xbox Live starter kit, which includes a year of free online multiplayer gaming (you must have a broadband connection already), will throw a little humanity back into the mix with live, real-time voice chat, while opponent filtering (using the OptiMatch feature) and sophisticated parental controls will keep playtime civil ($50).

Buy it online at citycircuit.com.

 
 

 

 

 
  Controlling Interest
The new Logitech NetPlay Controller turns your living room’s modem-equipped Sony PS2 into a multiplayer powerhouse that lets your kids (and you) easily participate in new games like EverQuest that require more literacy (and thus keyboard entry) than your standard shoot-’em-ups ($70).

J&R Music & Computer World
15-33 Park Row, near Broadway, 212-238-9000

Buy it online at jandr.com.

 
 

 

 

 
  Disc Jockey
Disney’s new family-friendly DVD player—part of an entire line conceived by supercool Silicon Valley creative team Frog Design—comes with two remotes: one for grown-ups and one for kids ($100).


Buy it online at citycircuit.com.

 
 

 

 

 
  Prints Charming
You could put a kid through college on what you spend each year on pricey cartridges for your family’s inkjet printer. Samsung’s curvaceous new ML-1710 is an ultra-affordable monochrome laser printer that’s PC- and Mac-compatible, and uses cartridges that output at a fraction of the cost (3 cents or less per page) of inkjet printing ($180).

J&R Music & Computer World
15-33 Park Row, near Broadway, 212-238-9000

Buy it online at jandr.com.
 
 

 

 

 
  Game Time
Thirtysomething parents who grew up gaming are the not-so-secret target market for the new GameAdult, er, GameBoy Advance SP, a PDA look-alike you’ll be tempted to swipe from your kid. The retro-appeal Arcade-Classic Bundle comes with Pac-Man and Frogger ($140).

Target
135-05 Twentieth Ave., Queens, 718-661-4346
8801 Queens Blvd., Queens, 718-760-5656;
Buy it online at target.com.

 
 

 

 

 
     
     
 
From the Fall 2003 edition of the New York Family Guide
 
     
     
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