Hammacher Schlemmer gets top marks again for coming up with something that hits the Crave spot. The $59.95 Motion Detecting Telephone is a discreet way to maintain home security without clashing with the room decor. I mean, how subtle can a landline phone get in the living room? Plus that motion detector looks like any blinking light on the phone, so it won't warrant a closer inspection from nosy relations or neighbors.
How does it work? When motion is detected from someone walking past the phone, it will call (ingenious!) the number you've programmed, whereupon the built-in mic will kick in to allow you to listen in on what's going on in the room. It'll even record the sounds and send it to your mobile phone if needed. And just in case you're wondering, yes, it can function as a real telephone. Too bad there seems to be only one color choice.