Our picks of the coolest, most forward-looking high-tech devices and technology gadgets for homes, hitting stores in 2012.
camera1. Android-Powered Camera
A top-notch digital camera that's as easy to use as your smartphone (and includes many smartphone features you're already used to). Taking and sharing high-quality photos and videos is a breeze. Polaroid SC1630, available this fall.
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2. Modular Solar Panels
Tapping into the power of the sun has never been simpler. Start with one module and add more over time - they just snap together - to reach your energy and money-saving goals. Sharp SunSnap Solar Panels, from about $1,000 per module.
3. Connected TV
Browse the Web and download from Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, and other services. Stream content from your smartphone or tablet. It even responds to some voice commands. And with a five-millimeter bezel, the picture goes almost edge-to-edge. LG 479 Nano LED HDTV.
4. iPad Mount
Use your iPad in the kitchen and keep it clear of counter clutter. No tools required, and it can be adjusted to fit any cabinet or shelf. Belkin iPad Cabinet Mount.
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5. Smartphone Baby Monitor
Zoom in, check the room temperature and humidity, turn on a night-light, even talk to your baby - all through your smartphone. Smart Baby Monitor.
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6. Portable Charger
If you're off the grid, or just stuck without an outlet, the PowerTrekk can generate electricity from a mere tablespoon of water - enough to power a phone, camera, or GPS device. PowerTrekk, $230.
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7. Smart TV Plug-In
Turn just about any TV into a smart TV. Streams content from hundreds of channels, and it's the size of a USB thumb drive. Roku Streaming Stick, available this fall.
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