If you want to make sure the house and the spouse are in good order when you're away, TelyHD may be just the ticket. If you have HDTV and a Skype account, you hook up the device (easy enough for a nongeek), sign in to your Skype account and voilà — it's visual Skype on steroids (depending on the size of your TV). Yes, you can skip TelyHD and use a laptop equipped with a webcam, but this felt spacious and relaxed. Caveat: I called a colleague in Washington, who didn't have her makeup on either. We scared each other. Info: $249, http://www.telyhd.com —C.H.
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