Products To Watch In 1997

In just a couple of months, some 35,000 Hong Kong residents snapped up Mondex, a refillable electronic money card that is backed by MasterCard and that can hold up to five currencies. Hong Kong is the first large-scale test market for Mondex as the upstart competes against Visa Cash and other cards that are bidding to become a substitute for coins and cash.

They look like ordinary compact disks. But a digital video disk (DVD) can store an entire full-length movie. After numerous delays, the disks will start turning up in home theater systems in 1997, and eventually they will function as high-storage replacements for cd-roms.

PRODUCTS TO WATCH IN 1997
PRODUCTS TO WATCH IN 1997
PRODUCTS TO WATCH IN 1997
PRODUCTS TO WATCH IN 1997

Network computers ballyhooed by Oracle, Sun Microsystems, IBM, and others are stripped-down computers that draw programs from networks. They could possibly bust up Microsoft and Intel's duopoly.

GM's EV1 marks the first from-the-ground-up electric car in more than 75 years. But will consumers pay $530 to $690 a month for a two-seater that only goes 90 miles before it needs recharging?

Easton Sports' Silver Tip hockey stick is being hawked by Wayne Gretzky. The pricey $100 aluminum stick is lighter, stronger, and more flexible than a previous model used by the Great One.

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