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Taking a child’s temperature isn’t always easy, especially if you have to persuade a little one to place a thermometer in the mouth, the ear or somewhere farther south.

But what if you could just record one of junior’s vital signs by placing a thermometer against his forehead? That’s exactly what you can do with the Temporal Artery Thermometer from Exergen.

The new Temporal Artery Thermometer Model TAT-2000C is about the size of an electric toothbrush. You record the temperature by placing the device’s silver ion anti-microbial head against the forehead. Within seconds, the device will give you a reading.

The device can be used on people of all ages, and the anti-microbial head is designed to destroy bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi, so probe covers are not required. Powered by a 9-volt battery, it sells for about $50, but prices can vary depending on the retailer.

Store more music on Clip: You can never have enough music, and fans who listen to their favorite tunes with the Sansa Clip MP3 Player now have plenty, thanks to a capacity upgrade. The new 8-gigabyte Sansa Clip can store up to 4,000 songs and runs for 15 hours on its rechargeable battery. Plus, it has a built-in microphone and FM radio. With a suggested retail price of $100, the matchbox-sized clip can be attached to your clothing for on-the-go listening.

Budget home theater projector: “Affordable” is likely to become a big selling point in the coming months, and that’s the concept Epson is touting with its new “value-priced” PowerLite Home Cinema 700. Priced just under $800, the compact projector includes technology designed to eliminate color break-up (the distracting ”rainbow effect“) and project a theater-like image with up to 2,000 lumens of brightness.

Remotes in many colors: Can’t find the remote again? Maybe a bit of color will help. Sony’s new universal remote controllers sport swappable colored back plates in your choice of red, pink, blue, pearl, champagne or brown. The RM-VL610 model can control a TV, DVD player, satellite receiver, cable box, VCR, CD player, tape recorder and amplifier. It can pick up commands from other remotes and has macro controls that let you combine several tasks into one easy command. It costs about $30.