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3M’s high-def pocket shooter is the only camcorder in the U.S. with a built-in pico projector. It can display an image as large as 65 inches onto any flat surface, so you can instantly share videos and photos wherever you are. 3M’s Camcorder Projector Shoot ‘n Share CP40 is available for $300 at
Most projectors dictate contrast by blocking light with an iris, which can contribute to poor image quality. JVC’s model does so with a series of chips and a polarizer to deliver a richer spectrum of shades without adjusting the light. The JVC DLA-X9 D-ILA Home Theater Projector costs $12,000 at
This notebook mouse lets your wrist rotate 30 degrees in any direction to help avoid stress injuries such as carpal tunnel. Two perpendicular hinges in its base create a joint so that the top of the mouse can swivel freely. The Smartfish ErgoMotion Notebook Mouse costs $60 at
One of the first
Windows Phone 7 handsets, HTC’s smartphone has a five-inch slide-out speaker, so you can enjoy wide and detailed virtual surround sound when streaming Netflix or listening to live broadcasts from the Zune Marketplace. The HTC Surround costs $200 (with a two-year contract) at AT&T; stores or htc.com.
Timberland’s new work boots protect your toes and fight foot fatigue. The reinforced multi-alloy toe is expanded to give toes wiggle room, while the polyurethane midsole is filled with cone-shaped channels that absorb more shock than other boots. Timberland’s PRO Helix starts at $130, available at
These bags are as green as the yard waste they hold. Each 45-gallon mesh sack is made from corn resin that breaks down the same way leaves, grass and sticks do. And since the mesh is expandable, the bags are less prone to tears than paper yard bags. The dsolv Starter Kit costs $20, available at
Tame your pet’s coat. Dyson’s own vacuum attachment works just like a regular grooming brush to loosen fur. A trigger then retracts the stainless- steel bristles and uses suction to trap fur and dander in the vacuum canister. The Dyson Groom runs for $70, available at
An infrared motion sensor sees when you’re about to toss something and opens this trashcan, so you won’t touch a dirty bin. If the sensor sees you standing over it for three seconds, the can stays open for 30 seconds, giving you time to deal with larger messes. The simplehuman sensor can costs $225, available at
Casio’s camera always knows where you are, even if its GPS doesn’t. If you walk indoors, a motion sensor and accelerometer track speed and distance, so photos can be geo-tagged relative to your last location. The Casio Exilim EX-H20G runs about $350;
This key-size dongle upgrades any car with an audio input to a Bluetooth- enabled luxury model. It syncs with your cellphone via Bluetooth and streams in-call audio through your car’s stereo. The Scosche motorMOUTH II costs around $80;
Enough with blaring alarm clocks. The LARK Bluetooth-enabled bracelet syncs with your iPhone to gently wake you—and only you. Pulsing vibrations on a pressure point on your inner wrist roust you gradually over three minutes. If the shaking doesn’t work, a musical backup plays. The LARK Up costs $100 at
Most MP3 players boost bass by damping down other frequencies and upping the volume, but that can distort tiny speakers. This address-label-size amplifier sits between your player and earbuds to pump up bass without losing fidelity. The digiZoid Zo Personal Subwoofer costs $50 at