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Jawbone Up

Step one: Make the first fashionable Bluetooth headset. Step two: Make portable Bluetooth speakers more than just geeky add-ons. Step three: Use that experience to make the first lifestyle gadget people will actually want to wear. The Jawbone Up ($TBA) is a small, sensor-loaded wristband that you're expected to wear more or less all the time, so it can track your movements, sleep habits, and, via a companion app, nutrition, helping you fend off heart disease, diabetes, and other lifestyle-related issues just by having it on.

  • Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Vacuum

    Emphasis on the "slim." It might resemble an empty Christmas paper tube attached to a handheld garden sprinkler, but the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Vacuum ($300) is anything but a hacked-together design. Powered by a Dyson digital motor and weighing under 10 pounds, the DC35 features Radix Cyclone technology, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a motorized floor tool with carbon fiber brushes, it's ready to tackle even the dirtiest of floors without breaking your back. The one Dyson sent us has been sucking up everything from cat hair to drywall nails, and shows no sign of slowing down.

  • Nook Simple Touch Reader

    Pretty much everyone was expecting the next Nook to be a do-it-all, high-powered Android tablet. Boy were they wrong. The Nook Simple Touch Reader ($140) is aimed at the low-end crowd — not necessarily a bad thing — with a six-inch touchscreen e-Ink Pearl display, built-in Wi-Fi, internal storage for up to 1,000 books with a micro SD port for expansion, battery life of up to two months, and a svelte design with a soft touch back. Just think of it as an anti-iPad.