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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Uniden Waterproof Floating Phone
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.
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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.
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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.
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Whirlpool Centralpark Refrigerator
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.
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.
Click here to find out more about the Microsoft Surface.
For more on gadgets that can turn your house into the home of the future check out Men's Health magazine.