The Smartest Products of the Decade

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Netbooks, Flip Video Camcorder, and One Laptop Per Child

Life without modern technology would be rough. But that doesn't mean everyone on the planet needs -- or can afford -- tech toys with every proverbial bell and whistle. That's why the past decade has seen a rise in back-to-basics, low-cost electronics like the netbook and the Flip Video Camcorder. For under $400, the next teenage tech guru can have more computing power than a young Bill Gates ever dreamed of, and for $200, the next Spike Lee can start shooting an indie HD opus. Perhaps the best example of this is the One Laptop per Child program, which aims to have kids all over the developing world logging on and bringing us all closer together.