A roundup of new products and servicesFor the Lost, A...


March 17, 1996|By Laura Barnhardt

A roundup of new products and services

For the Lost, A Great Find

It's an understatement to say it can be stressful navigating a car on unfamiliar roads. If you've ever taken a wrong exit or traveled miles off course to find a gas station or rest stop, you'll love UltraFinder, a hand-held computer from Ultradata Systems Inc. that provides all sorts of essential travel information with the push of a button. You simply enter key information about the road you're on and your destination and UltraFinder will immediately give you the distance to the next exit and directions and distance to your destination. You can also access information on area gas stations, lodging, food services, rest stops, campgrounds, attractions and more. The suggested retail price of UltraFinder is $129.95. It is sold at the Sharper Image stores nationally, through the chain's catalog at (800) 344-4444, and through the American Express catalog at (800) 528-8000. For the retailer nearest you or for more information, call (800) 747-2605, Ext. 35. There's no need to listen to static on the car radio once you leave a familiar area, not if you take along "Essential Radio: The Traveler's Guide to AM & FM Stations in the United States" (Peregrine Press). Newly revised and expanded, this pocket-size book lists 5,000 FM and 1,000 AM stations, organized by state, city, format and frequency. Signal-strength information and maps are also provided. The guide is available for $9.95 at Borders Books and Music, and Barnes and Noble Superstores, or by mail for $9.95 plus $2.50 shipping and handling. Call (800) 299-AMFM to order. Those of you who just dream of traveling adventures may enjoy Take Off!, a new board game that tests players' knowledge of geographic facts. Players jet from country to country, continent to continent across a 4 1/2-foot playing board that's a detailed map of the world. The winner is the first player to circle the world. You make your way by answering questions about countries, capitals, currency, native languages, etc. Take Off! retails for $35 and is available at Toys R Us, the Game Keeper and other specialty stores. A travel-size version of the game called Atlas in a Box is available at the Museum Company, Smithsonian Museum Shops and other shops. Suggested retail price is $15. For more information, call (800) 275-8818.

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Pub date: 3/17/96

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