REALLY BIG TV

SAMSUNG'S NEW 67-IN. DLP TV SETS HDTV STANDARD

Samsung's top-of-the-line HLR6768W digital television boasts a 67-in. screen, the largest ever in a DLP TV. DLP technology uses computer chips with millions of hinged, microscopic mirrors attached to project images. Sure, there are bigger TVs, like Samsung’s new 80-in. plasma model. But that TV is expected to sell for a cool $40,000, compared to ONLY $7,000 for the DLP model. The chief competitors at this price are LCD TVs, which are slightly more expensive.

Samsung claims its new model is twice as sharp and 6 in. larger than the previous largest model. It displays every pixel of the highest-resolution, high-definition broadcasts. The TV will be in stores the middle of 2005. Contact Samsung at www.samsung.com.

COMPUTER/TV BLEND

NEW SONY DESIGNED FOR MULTIMEDIA

Sony's new VAIO V-series all-in-one LCD TV/PC line combines the innards of a high-end Sony WEGA LCD television with desktop and mobile PC parts. Sony says this multimedia hybrid is perfect for people who want a TV, DVD player, PC, personal video recorder and stereo in one package.

The TV/PC line features 17-in. or 20-in. wide-format displays, 3.2-GHz Intel Pentium 4 processors, 250-GB hard drives, DVD burners and built-in 802.11b/g wireless networking capability. The suggested retail price is $2,500 for the 20-in. VGC-V520G model. The VGC-517G 17-in. model has a suggested retail price of $1,900. Contact Sony at www.sonystyle.com.

FLAT-FREE TIRES

CLOSED-CELL FOAM HAS FEEL OF AIR

Amerityre Corporation introduces a line of flat-free tires for wheelbarrows, hand trucks and mowers that avoid the flat spots that can occur with other flat-free products. The tires use closed-cell foam technology with a locking bead to eliminate flats and roll-offs and assure constant pressure to minimize rolling resistance.

The tires cost from $21 to $47, depending on the size. They are available from Gempler’s, 800/383-8473 or www.gemplers.com. Or contact Amerityre Corp., 1501 Industrial Rd., Boulder City, NV 89005, 800/808-1268, visit www.amerityre.com.