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Connected TVs and TV boxes are making it easier to cut the cord

If you want a connected TV, you have a ton of options: Boxee, Apple TV, Roku, and a ton of "Smart TVs" from big-name manufacturers like Samsung and Sony. Smart TVs give you access to streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Instant, YouTube, you name it. Why it's innovative: Thanks to smart TVs, we're inching closer and closer to a world where we can watch anything we want, whenever we want, over the web. It's going to take a lot of finagling with content providers and cable companies, but we're getting there.

The 15 Most Innovative Gadgets

Tech moves fast. Even we have trouble keeping up with the latest and greatest stuff. With every new smartphone, every new computer, every new chip, we get closer and closer to what will become the standard in the future. Wireless high-speed Internet everywhere? We're getting close thanks to LTE. Cars that drive themselves? Google is working on it. Appliances that sync with your smartphone? Android has you covered. We put together what we think are the best gadgets and technologies that are setting the stage for tomorrow's tech.