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Giving toothbrushers a hand

Putting a finger in one's mouth may not seem like a route to cleanliness. But Dental Dots, from the company of the same name, give the act a practical twist, adding to a range of new portable oral-hygiene products that also includes "dental strips" and mouthwash tablets.

Apply the adhesive side of the dot-size toothbrush on a dry fingertip, then brush your teeth using the pre-applied toothpaste. Be as discreet as you want to be.

The toothpaste, which comes in cool- and fresh- mint flavors is billed as ingestible, as is the dot, so - in theory - there's no need to be near a sink.

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Suggested price: $5 for a pack of 18.

A wearable forklift (for two)

For many Americans, moving furniture is the lone test of strength in an otherwise labor-free lifestyle. Successfully hoisting a love seat in one clean and jerk can give self-esteem a boost.

After a few trips to the moving truck, however, some of us might welcome a little help. Enter the Forearm Forklift, a super-strength harness that straps under the base of an object and over the two carriers' forearms, providing extra support and leverage.

The straps are adjustable to fit the size of the object and height of the lifters. It is 9-1/2 feet long, 3 inches wide, and supports an object weighing up to 500 pounds.

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Suggested price: $40.

Big-ticket toy: the family ATM

You're out of cash. The pizza delivery man won't accept your credit card. What's to be done?

Head to the living room to make a quick withdrawal from your automatic teller machine.

Think of it as a glorified piggy bank: Toymaker FAO Schwarz's Personal ATM, which must be stocked by the owner, can dispense real or play money. (It's up to the parents to ensure that the machine doesn't trivialize spending.)

You can customize the front-panel display with a personal logo. The device comes with up to 10 personalized ATM cards.

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Suggested price: $20,000

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