New products that may change how we live and work include a mobile phone with internet connection and voice activated radio.

While technological advances in the 20th century were dominated by the car and the computer, the big electronic companies are predicting the 21st century will be dominated by the internet.

Set up by Sony, the Metreon shopping centre in downtown San Francisco showcases the latest in consumer electronics. One of the more unusual items on show is a mechanical dog fitted with artificial intelligence technology called is Aibo (Artificially Intelligent Bionic Organism).

It’s man’s best friend, without the mess.

The Sony style shop displays the next generation of televisions and the latest in video technology, a personal movie screen.

In the Microsoft shop there are items destined to change how we work such as the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) a handheld mobile personal computer that functions as a personal information manager. 

Technology is getting better all the time and bigger is no longer better. Author and journalist Niall McKay says using a PDA has changed his life in that,

I can put everything in my pocket and walk out the door with it.

Journalist with ‘PC World’ Aoife McEvoy says the big electronic companies are working on a range of devices, including the latest generation of mobile phone, that will make it easier to search the web.

E-commerce, buying and selling on the Internet will be a key part of life in the 21st century. Using the latest gadgets it will be possible to

Buy things on the Web and buy stuff and check on stocks, anytime anywhere.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 December 1999. The reporter is Mark Little.