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10 cool gadgets we can't wait to get our hands on

They're not available here... yet

The coolest gadgets almost always debut overseas. But we'll get them eventually, and we can't wait

Three become one

NEC LUI

LUI stands for "Life with Ubiquitous Integrated Solutions" and although we might have expected the acronym to come out as LUIS or maybe LwUIS, the underlying idea is simple: store your digital media on NEC's home server (centre), and then access it wirelessly via a nifty handheld device or a slim lightweight subnotebook.

The server features two high-def tuners and a built-in DVR, and the whole system communicates via WiMax wireless. Just think - if the folks at NEC ever produce a miniaturised version of this setup, they can call it the Shrimp LUI.

Availability: Japan only; NEC plans to roll it out this year

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