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October 2008's 8 coolest gadgets revealed

Ceatec: robots, video cards and games consoles

October 2008 saw Japan's biggest electronics show: Ceatec. More than 196,000 visitors to Ceatec got a chance to see the best of the Japanese electronics industry, including some exciting prototypes of devices that are still a long way from hitting the market.

Sony PRS-700 E-book Reader

Sony is introducing a second electronic book reader to its range. The PRS-700 features a similar 6in electronic paper display to that used in the PRS-505 that's currently on sale but new is a touch panel and a reading light.

The touch panel means users will be able to turn pages on-screen and also search through e-books by using an onscreen keyboard and highlight passages using a stylus.

The light will aid reading in dark environments. It can store about 350 e-books in its internal memory and more can be kept in Memory Stick or SD Card media. Sony says the battery supports up to 7,500 pages of continuous reading. It's compatible with e-book formats including Sony's BBeB (Broadband electronic book), Microsoft Word documents, Adobe PDF and the International Digital Publishing Forum's XML-based EPUB format.

It will be available from November and will cost $400, which is $100 more than the PRS-505 model that will remain on sale. Launch plans for areas outside of the US were not disclosed.

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