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Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
When you're first away from home, you might be homesick -- and your family might want to see you from time to time.
Skype is a popular application used to make free video calls to other users, so why not invest in a decent webcam to use with it? Going beyond standard PC webcams, Logitech's webcam lets you make full HD 720p/1080p video calls.
Price: £89.99 ($138)
Nvidia's Project Shield
Unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nvidia's "Project Shield" promised to be a console-quality Android gaming device with great sound, Wi-Fi streaming and access to Google Play.
Powered by a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, Shield offers between five and 10 hours of gameplay, a 5-inch retinal-quality multi-touch display and instant access to thousands of games and apps.
It is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada.
Livescribe Echo smartpen
If a dictaphone isn't enough, perhaps a smartpen will do the trick.
Livescribe's Echo smartpen can automatically record everything you hear, say and write, and links the audio file to your notes, as long as you use Livescribe's paper. If you tap your scribbles, then the pen can automatically replay the audio footage for you.
In addition, these files can then be sent to destinations including Facebook, Evernote, OneNote and your mobile device.