Singapore-based Shiro has launched the SQ-S, a media player that can be recharged by the sun. The solar-powered unit, which also can be recharged via USB port, has as much as 16 GB of capacity and an expected battery life of 35 hours.
Several consumer-electronics companies are releasing new products before the official Black Friday start of this year's shopping season. Among them Duracell's new rechargeable batteries, an all-in-one printer from Hewlett-Packard and new laptop speakers from Logitech.
Cisco's ambitions for consumer networks, laid out by Cisco CEO John Chambers at the 2007 International CES, may face some growing pains as the company works toward becoming a consumer name, analysts say.
Households spent an average of $1,500 on new tech devices last year, and that number is expected to increase in 2007, according to CEA. Consumers' fast adaptation of technology has been attributed to cost reductions and HDTV accelerations.
Battery makers are improving the power of their rechargeable offerings on increasing demand. Consumers who frequently use digital cameras, flashlights and other battery-charged products expect charges to last more than a few hours, and companies are taking steps to improve battery staying power.