Price $200

Price $200

Touch and go

Touch and go

VExplorer robot

Price $200

The kit comes mostly assembled with parts compatible with the larger VEX Robotics Design System, which was bought last year by Innovation First. Unlike the Lego Mindstorms snap-together approach, the VEX system resembles a serious Erector Set with real nuts and bolts and strong servo motors. But these robots are harder to assemble and modify, making them better suited for older children. VEXplorer requires 11 batteries, and includes 24 gears, four motors, a camera and a six-channel remote. The VEXplorer could come in handy for simple spying or trickier jobs such as retrieving a stolen sweater from behind enemy lines.

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Hi-Tech Rosary

Price: $41.70

The gadget is being produced in Loreto, a town in central Italy famous for a shrine to the Virgin Mary. The factory owners are working on producing electronic rosaries in English, Spanish, French, German and Polish.

The electronic rosary can be purchased in religious shops near the Loreto Sanctuary, and in Rome, near St. Peter’s Square.

The average price is $41.70. It can be purchased with optional headsets. According to the factory owners, some 7,000 of them have been sold since they first went on sale in April. AP

Hewlett-Packard Home photo center

Price: $179

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Sony DSC-T200

Sony DSC-T200, Price:$400

The T200 can send video to an HDTV set in true high definition at 1080p. It has a Carl Zeiss 5X zoom lens and 31 MB of internal flash memory. A slot for Memory Stick Pro Duo cards lets you add up to 8 GB of storage. The T200 has a larger LCD screen than earlier models, at 3.5 inches, and it is touch-sensitive, so most functions are easily accessible. A special “Smile Shutter" mode takes a shot automatically when you have fixed the focus and your subject laughs or smiles. More traditional features include face recognition, red-eye reduction and image stabilization. ©2007/THE NEW YORK TIMES

AT&T Tilt

Price: $499

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