Thursday, September 4, 2008

High-Tech Home Gadgets

While the world may not yet have flying cars, weekend trips to the moon or everyday robotic maids, some of the latest high-tech offerings can make a home seem like it's from the 22nd century. From floating phones to touch-screen coffee tables, discover some of the hottest high-tech gadgets for homes.

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The Microsoft Surface coffee table allows you to download photos onto to table and move them around.
(ABC News)
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Uniden Waterproof Floating Phone

Price: $57

The waterproof, submersible, floating phone with rubber side grips has all the standard features of typical home phone, including caller ID, call waiting and speed dial, but now you don't have to leave the comfort of your pool. It also is great for the kitchen when doing dishes or even giving kids a bath.

Panasonic PetCam

Price:$100-$300 depending on the model

Now you always can feel close to your animals, whether at work or on vacation. Did the walker show up as promised? Is the dog sleeping on the sofa? Is the cat scratching your new leather chair? You'll know instantly with this webcam. With its built-in motion sensor, the camera can be set to record and/or notify you by e-mail when someone enters the room. The camera can be viewed and controlled from a standard Web browser, video display or even a compatible cell phone or PDA. More advanced models feature two-way audio so you can hear and speak to your pet.

Sonicare UV Toothbrush

Price: $180 for combo or $50 for chamber only

Great, you've graduated to an electric toothbrush, but if you want superclean teeth and gums, invest in this. Germs don't always obey the boundaries of the sink and can still find their way onto your brush head. In a 10-minute session, this device kills 99 percent of bacteria on the brush head.

Whirlpool Centralpark Refrigerator

Price: $1,999

This new refrigerator is like a home electronics hub, integrating a plug and play platform for consumer electronics. Interchangeable components such as this digital photo frame allows you to display thousands of pictures on your refrigerator without using a single magnet. You also can plug in satellite radio, portable DVD systems and MP3 players. Whirlpool will bring this to market starting in late October.

Microsoft Surface

Price: Approximately $10,000

This is basically a touch-screen coffee table or a table with a 30" display. It allows a user, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of natural motions and hand gestures, similar to the futuristic computer screens portrayed in the movie "Minority Report." So, the family can gather and look at digital photos or leave each memos just by touching the table. These will soon launch in hotels, casinos and restaurants and will make it to your home in three to five years. Future versions of Surface will incorporate a myriad device-sync capabilities. For instance, users could set a digital camera or mobile phone on the surface and watch as their pictures spill out across the table.

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1 comment:

maneesh said...

Recent numbers show that 63% of US households own a pet - that's 71.1 million homes and families with dogs, cats, iguanas, parakeets, fish, ferrets, potbellied pigs, etc, etc., Taking care of a pet is tougher than taking care of an infant, since our pets can't speak. Hence, making sure your pet is safe and happy when you leave it alone at home should be a priority for all pet owners. One of the simplest ways of watching over a pet remotely is by using some sort of webcam software like GotoCamera that is easily available online these days. Thanks to technology and some very smart people who are working on making things easier for us, you can now use your basic webcam to monitor your pets while you're away from them.