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1/10/2008
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Transport Dreams For Foot-Weary CES Walkers

The Consumer Electronics Show is not a journey for the faint-hearted. You can walk miles on the show floors. So it's no surprise that after a couple of days of footsore product-spotting, the products that began to look most interesting were transportation-related -- like the motorized snowshoes and the 13-mph beer cooler.

The Consumer Electronics Show is not a journey for the faint-hearted. You can walk miles on the show floors. So it's no surprise that after a couple of days of footsore product-spotting, the products that began to look most interesting were transportation-related -- like the motorized snowshoes and the 13-mph beer cooler.The Cruzin Cooler is a powered beer cooler that holds 250 pounds of rider and 24 12-ounce cans plus ice. It's available in electric or gas-powered versions for prices that begin at $400. Available options include seats, covers, trailer hitches, and "Coolagons," nonpowered coolers you can tow behind your Cruzin Cooler for those times when you need extra cargo capacity.




Ideal CES transportation: Cruzin Cooler sales manager Chuck Miller rides his product to work on the show floor.
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If you're more athletically inclined, iShoes will get you where you're going standing up. These $600 gizmos look like high-tech triangular snowshoes with wheels at the corners, and work something like self-propelled rollerskates. They weigh 12 pounds, and fully charged, they'll move you about 12 mph and go for 3 miles or so. Inventor Ilya Kaganovich demonstrates them in this video:

If all you want do is find a place to sit down, the BKA Photo booth had the perfect solution -- the Walkstool, a folding three-legged stool you can carry with you. The Walkstool comes in three sizes that range in price from about $70 to $90. The largest is 26 inches tall when fully extended, weighs under 2 pounds, and is rated to support 550 pounds. (The rating is conservative -- there's a video on the Walkstool Web site that shows five Walkstools supporting a Volvo.)




The solution to finding a place to sit down: carry it with you. The Walkstool is lightweight and folds up compactly, yet the largest model supports 550 pounds or more.


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