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Popular Gadgets

These are the 15 most popular gadgets from the past week, based on how many people looked at their pages.

Aero-Garden Kit

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This is the perfect gift for cooks or gardeners or yourself, no green thumb required. It's a counter-top herb garden, with the perfect balance of organic nutrients, oxygen, lighting and automation technology. No messy soil is needed. It comes complete with everything including seed pods and nutrients.

Motion Activated Lawn Sprinkler

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I wish I had one of these last spring when raccoons were digging up my lawn. It's a motion activated lawn sprinkler, for the express purpose of scaring away garden pests such as raccoons, dogs, cats, and other animals. When triggered by its infrared day-or-night motion sensor, it sprays a forceful stream of water at the intruders.

CEIVA Digital Photo Frame

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CEIVA offers the world's only connected digital photo frames. With a digital photo frame, you can display photos from your digital camera as if they were regular photos, except that the frame can bring your pictures to life in a full-color slideshow.

CEIVA frames can receive photos through the internet (no computer required) directly from friends and family anywhere in the world. New photos can also be sent directly to the frame from camera phones.

CEIVA Digital Photo Frames are on sale now with a number of special offers to choose from.

Philips DECT Digital Baby Monitor

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Having suffered through two kids worth of basic, no-frills baby monitors, I now greatly appreciate the features that Philips have built into their new DECT digital baby monitors. DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication, and it's basically the same technology built into high-quality digital cordless phones. Unlike the older-style baby monitors I had to use before, this one has zero interference from nearby monitors or other devices in or around the home. It's also a totally private connection -- the neighbors can no longer listen in.

Recently featured in Time Magazine, the Philips DECT Baby Monitor features a two-way intercom so you can communicate with your child directly from the handset, an integrated thermometer reads ambient room temperature and displays it on the handset and base, 5 different lullabies are controllable from the handset, a nighlight is controllable from the handset, and rechargeable batteries with up to 12 hours operation between charges.

Also included are a belt clip, neck cord, zippered travel bag, and a lifetime guarantee.

Casio Atomic Time Watch

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I've seen so many watches lately that record and display all sorts of data that I'd forgotten what a watch is really for: to tell you the time. But how do you make sure your watch has the right time? With Casio's atomic time watch, you don't need to worry about it.

The watch receives radio signals from five atomic clocks across the world, thus ensuring that your watch will tell you the correct time for the next 30 million years. Other features include the usual multiple alarms (4), timer, stopwatch, and solar power!

Lego Mindstorms NXT Robotic Building System

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This all-new Lego Mindstorms pack has a new NXT Intelligent Brick with a 32-bit microprocessor and more memory. The kit features 3 servo motors with built-in rotation sensors for precise control, and over 500 Lego Technic elements. The computer software features intuitive drag-and-drop programming.

Digital Picture Frame

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Why stare at the same photo all the time? This 8" digital picture frame has 64 MB of built-in memory allowing you to store up to 100 6-megapixel photos. It can be positioned in six different ways for optimum landscape and portrait viewing, and is wall-mountable. Built-in speakers can play music while it plays a slideshow of your photos (remote included). New photos can be loaded via USB 1.0 or 2.0, or via various digital camera flash memory card formats.

Shure E500PTH - The Ultimate Sound Isolating Earphones

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While these may the most expensive earphones ever, except perhaps for those with gold plating and diamond studs, the Shure E500PTH Sound Isolating Earphones are pretty much the earphones to drool over.

Sound quality is, no argument, the best in the market.

I normally hate ear bud style headphones, but the comfort of these can't be beat. They feel like nothing is there.

And one of the nicest features - push to hear. Most noise-isolating earphones do just that, isolate the outside noise so that all you hear is your music. And then when someone talks to you, or you actually want to hear something outside, you have to pull them off. The Shures have a switch that causes them to reverse the sound isolation, so that you hear what's outside and not what's playing.

They include a carrying case, and the "push-to-hear" switch can be removed for increased portability. You can't go wrong with these, as long as you can afford the steep price.

Voice-Activated R2-D2 Droid from Star Wars

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How would you like your own little R2-D2 droid chasing you through the hallways of your battle-cruiser... er, I mean house?

This motorized replica responds to more than 40 voice commands, and plays games like tag using an infra-red sensor to find people.

R2-D2 has lights, a swiveling dome top, and sounds that mimic the real thing.

Airboard Hover Scooter

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Hailed by the The New York Times as a "...miniature flying saucer with handlebars," the hover scooter provides an unprecedented experience in personal transportation, levitating inches above the ground and speeding a single rider across land on a cushion of air. Gentle lift from an engine-powered fan elevates the scooter off the ground, and a stream of air exiting a vent in the back provides light forward thrust. Learning to ride the scooter takes less than five minutes, and no previous skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, or other experience is required. Easy and intuitive to control, the rider simply leans left or right to perform smooth turns. The scooter deftly glides over level, solid ground such as concrete, asphalt, or well-groomed grass free of debris, sand, stones, and other obstacles. (We know what you are thinking and the answer is "Yes:" Red, Blue, Green, or Yellow.)

Transfer CDs to your iPod directly - no computer required!

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So you've bought the LP to CD Converter and created CDs of all your old Elvis 78s, but now that you have a taste of modern living, you want to go all the way? Forget the CDs, you need an iPod!

But how do you get all that music from your CDs onto your iPod? With the handy-dandy iLoad CD-to-iPod Music Transfer System of course!

This is the only device that lets you load a CD directly onto any type of docking iPod without the need for a computer or internet connection. An entire CD takes only 8 minutes to convert and transfer.

Superior Surge Protector

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I hate it when I can only use half the outlets in a surge protected power-bar because the power bricks (or AC-adaptors if you want to call them by their real name) are so wide they block they outlets next to them. Here's a nice solution: A surge-protector with each outlet on a flexible connector. It not only protects against electronics-killing power surges, but also filters the electricity for a cleaner signal with less electromagnetic interference. There's a reason it won an award at the Consumer Electronics Show - it's a great product!

Levitron Omega Levitating Spinning Top

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The American Association of Physics Teachers called the original Levitron "the best new science toy in a generation." This, the latest version, is so much more than a spinning top. As it spins (using only your finger-power, no batteries are required), it levitates above a magnetic pad, high enough for you to pass your hand under it, and is great fun for kids and adults alike.

Lighted Tweezers

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How often have you struggled with a tweezing job because the light was too dim? Here's a brilliant product (no pun intended) that solves the problem once and for all. Tweezers with a built-in light. They're stainless steel, with a bright long-lasting LED light, and batteries included.

Maytag SkyBox Personal Beverage Vendor

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"Ka-Thunk." Want to hear that satisfying vending-machine sound when grabbing a cold beverage? This customizable personal beverage vendor from Maytag holds 66 12-ounce cans or 33 12-ounce bottles. Child lock-out lets you lock some sections while leaving others accessible. To add some personal style, the front and side panels of the SkyBox can be customized with NFL, college, NASCAR, and other sports and beverage logos. It operates without coins or dollar bills. And just think about how much room you can free up in your refrigerator.

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