10 Technologies that Bring the Family Closer


Digital Photo Frames

What home doesn't have at least a few framed photos? Lining hallways or adorning bedside tables, pictures give us a window into our family's past.

But silver-plated frames are so passé -- digital photo frames are like old-fashioned pictures-plus. They offer a constantly changing view of whatever photos you'd like to see and, better still, can be instantly updated with new pics. Imagine you're on the beach with your husband and kids, and you manage to capture a one-of-a-kind shot of your son surfing for the first time. If his grandmother has a WiFi-enabled digital photo frame, she could be enjoying that same image by the time he makes his first wipeout. It'll be like she was there, but she didn't have to get her feet sandy.