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Nine great ideas on display at CES

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A Kolibree connected electric toothbrush is displayed during the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2014. The smart toothbrush uses an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer to track how well the user brushes their teeth. The French company expects the toothbrush will be available in the third quarter of 2014 and retail for $99.00 to $199.00 depending on the model.
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1. A toothbrush that gives you feedback. It's called Kolibree, and it's the world's first electric toothbrush that teaches you how to brush properly. The toothbrush itself is much like a Sonicare; you charge it up and brush your teeth by gliding the vibrating head along your teeth and gums. The difference is that the brush monitors how well (or how badly) you're doing, and sends feedback to your smart phone. Pretty soon, we won't need dentists anymore!

2. ID Guardian, aka Teddy the Guardian. It's a comforting stuffed bear that monitors an infant's vital signs in the hospital, sending the information straight to a doctor's tablet. A home model is in the works but is not yet available.

3. Rii Touch, a remote control for any of your wireless devices. It looks like a Blackberry with all its keys, but it acts as both a keyboard and a mouse.

4. Systech's ZCAN mouse scanning. Need to scan a document? Simply scroll your mouse across the document. Once it appears onscreen, you can instantly convert it to Excel.

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5. Xcrool smart scrollers for your remote. It seems such a simple concept, but you have to wonder why someone didn't think of this until now. These raised thumb rollers making turning the channel or adjusting the volume a snap—especially at night, when it's hard to see your remote.

6. SenseGiz. In a year where wrist-oriented technology is king, this one stands out for its simplicity: It contains all your emergency contacts, and if you're in danger, all you have to do is press the device's one button—it automatically calls everyone on the device. It also contains a movement sensor, so for the elderly user, it senses if you fall down, and again calls everyone on the device. Genius.

7. Paws Cam. For those who want to monitor their dog's movement and overall health, this small scanner, which attaches to their collar, tracks their movement and keeps an overall record in case there's ever a significant change in activity.

8. Mother. A lifestyle-improvement system, this app features sensors which you attach to items you use in every day life, both to remind you of daily activity and to keep a record in case you lose track. Best example: It reminds you of pills you need to take, and records when you took them.

9. WigWag. Imagine getting home and all your lights coming on automatically. Or getting an alert when people arrive at your home, or leave. WigWag turns your entire home into one connected entity. And it's pretty darn affordable.

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