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We've seen all manner of phones controlling robots, cars and helicopters, but a HTC Hero operating a Lego Mindstorms robot? Awesome. It works via a purpose-built app which uses the Hero's accelerometer, connecting to the 'bot over Wi-Fi.

2009 has been a pretty amazing year for the discerning gadget lover. From Microsoft finally fixing the disaster that was Vista with Windows 7, to the surge of Android handsets, DSLRs that shoot HD video and the arrival of some pretty decent video on demand services, 2009 has had plenty to keep a gadget writer busy. Here are my favourite gadget moments over the past 12 months.

Last week, while watching an extremely disappointing movie on Blu-ray which won't be named for fear of inadvertantly promoting it, my receiver switched off on its own, naturally at the film's climax. At first I thought it had just overheated, but after a bit of playing around, I discovered that one or more of the speaker cables had short circuited. So my weekend will be spent replacing those cables - Joy! Oh, I'll also be playing with the new HTC Tattoo and HTC Hero Android phones.

Yesterday afternoon, the folks at HTC finally announced the Aussie release of the HTC Hero and HTC Tattoo. The good news? They're being sold unlocked through Harvey Norman for $799 and $599 respectively. The bad news? That means you'll have to find your own contract with a data plan, which isn't necessarily the easiest thing in the world.

I don't read Chinese, nor do I own an HTC Magic. But it looks like the promised Sense UI ROM update for the HTC Magic has been made available on the HTC Taiwan site. If you own a Magic and are game to have a play around with the ROM on your phone based solely on a website in Chinese, let us know whether or not the update works...

Reasons to hack, or "root," your Android handset: Custom OS upgrades, PC tethering, full-phone SD backups. Reason not to: It's really scary. At least it was, until now.