Must-Have Gadgets

We round up the smartest, most stylish gear around this season

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Calling all tech geeks. Apple’s new iPhone may be making the most headlines this month (how very HAL with its new voice-activated platform), but there are plenty of other gadgets that make work seem more like play and play make you feel like a kid again.

The Atari Arcade ($60) lets old-school gamers play their favorite games – Asteroids, Missle Command and 100 other classics – in a new way that takes advantage of sleek tablet technology. Who doesn’t love a Joy Stick?

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EN&IS introduced what may be the most trailblazing wireless speaker design ever. The Megaphone ($570) is an arty speaker that’s as much sculptural as technical thanks to its flared horn shape and stunning sound.

Science & Sons also goes retro with the PHI III ($200), a gramophone-inspired speaker with more bass than you’ll know what to do with.

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Stream your entire iTunes collection on the Orb Music Player ($80). Just plug into any component to stream digital music just about anywhere – including to and from your smartphone or laptop for friendly sing-a-longs.

The WowWee Cinemin Slice Projector ($430) lets you harness the power of iPad for PowerPoint and other presentations. With this new device, you’ll definitely be the coolest co-worker in your early morning office meeting.

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If you’re planning a tropical getaway as the temperatures dip in Philly, all you need is the Kodak Playfull video camera. Not only is it waterproof, but it lets you capture precious moments (like your partner’s deep sea dive) in one easy point-and-shoot step.

Similarly, the Zoom Q3HD video recorder also lets you capture sights and sounds on the go in a compact high-def camera that puts the old Flip to shame.

Clean up your mess with the Neato XV-11, a very smart vacuum ($400) that works hard so you don’t have to. It uses high-tech mapping software to suck it up. In fact, it’s so smart that it even heads back to its charging base before running out of juice. Bonus: Your dog will love it. Or hate it. Either way – it’ll entertain you for days.