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The Zeus All-In-One Printer – who needs to buy toys when you can make them?

We seem to have an unending want of stuff. We’ll try to be choosy and make it things that will actually be useful and applicable to our lives, but when was the last time you went an entire month without buying anything that wasn’t groceries? If you have the capital and know-how, you can avoid needing to buy any tangible bobble again, since you can make it yourself.

Not too long ago 3D printers were something only found in science fiction, and now they can give your imagination and logic a run for their money. Zeus is a plug-and-play 3D printer that will let you start making your first print within 10 minutes of its unboxing. It can be used to make toys, school projects, prototypes, or recreate old objects with ease. It is also fully automated in regards to calibration, so you never have to do any bed-leveling or touching the insides.

Since the parts are modular, you can quickly get to the turbtable and extruder to deal with any potential issues and get back to creating. There’s also the added bonus of having the templates for a number of parts in the machine, meaning you can create backups to have handy or create a new part in a couple of hours. Its max build is 6 x 8 x 5.7” with a max resolution of 80 microns. The 7” color display will let you do on-board editing without needing an external computer, making this a self-contained thing-making machine. This will cost you around $2,337, and you’ll need printer filament spools at around $22 a pop, so it’s an expensive way to pass the time.

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The Philips NC1 Noise Canceling Headphones help make Mondays manageable

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Some days you wish the world had a volume knob so you didn’t have to listen to people talking on their phones, listening to music way too loud, traffic, and the hum of the fluorescent lights above your head in the office. We can’t always completely tune out of our surroundings, but when we can, we want our escape to encompass enough of our senses that we can relax. Listening to some music is always a great way to unwind, but if you can hear any exterior noise, it will break the illusion somewhat.

To get a truly immersive sound experience, you either need to be in a theater, or have noise canceling headphones. There are a multitude of options, and the Philips NC1 Headphones seems like they might be a decent contender. These are 40-mm driver headphones that will let you sink into a blissful sound-scape whenever you need to. They have a standalone acoustic chamber for sound precision, and in-line controls with a mic for when you need to take a call.

They’re quite convenient for travel since they can fold up and be stowed away when they’re not in use. Additionally, they weigh less than 7 ounces, so you shouldn’t be too encumbered by tossing them in your pack. These are going to cost you around $150, and while you may not escape the world around you completely, you can at least drift off for a little while.

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Piper Computer Kit helps kids learn that the machines aren’t magic

For those of us that grew up when only one computer was in the household and phones were meant for little more than talking, it seemed like magic when the two became one in smartphones, and computers became capable of anything you can imagine. For kids who are growing up today, smartphones, 3D printers, and hover boards are just “how it is”. To make sure that they understand what makes them tick, you’ll have to educate them yourselves, as most schools only have kids learn on computers, not learn about them.

Just to make sure your little ones will be able to understand the basics, this Piper Computer Kit will help them build their first computer and much more. This has a wooden computer case, LCD monitor, Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft, and hardware components that they’ll be able to use to solve in-game challenges. The WiFi-enabled gameplay of a title everyone knows of even has extra levels and sharing capabilities so they can show off their discoveries with their friends.

There are LED lights, motion sensors, buzzers, buttons, and switches that will help your child learn how to connect the dots for making a machine, making it work, and having fun in the process. The computer aspect runs on a Raspberry Pi 3 project board with 1GB of ram and a 1.2 Ghz quad-core CPU. This isn’t cheap at $299, but will begin the journey of knowing about and understanding how computers work, which will be priceless information in today’s computer-driven world.

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JLab Audio reveals a pair of wireless sport earbuds for the active

A pair of headphones or earphones are pretty much something that many of us already own — in various forms and guises, of course, that will cater to a myriad of ways in which we use it. Some of us would prefer those puffed up headphones that offer noise cancellation as it comes in handy during those long, trans-Atlantic flights, while others would prefer something that is lightweight and more importantly, wireless, because they like to wear it on their evening runs. JLab Audio has just the perfect thing for active folks, offering the Epic Air True Wireless Sport Earbuds for $149.99 apiece.

This is definitely not the most affordable pair of earbuds in the world, but what makes it unique is the fact that it claims to offer an extremely robust battery life where wireless earbuds are concerned. Sporting a patent-pending antenna earhook that ensures it remains in place all the time, the Epic Air True Wireless Sport Earbuds comes with Bluetooth connectivity so that users will see cutouts and skips as a thing of the past.

Each of these earhooks come with Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX Technology antenna, allowing it to be more versatile since either earbud is able to pick up the connection. Accompanied by a battery life of up to 7 hours, it features a charging case that offers more than 30 hours of battery life. This charging case does more than just juice it up, since it also doubles up as a portable charger for other compatible devices. It even comes with lights that indicate the existing battery level, so that you will always know just how much juice there is left remaining.

To further sweeten the deal, the Epic Air is rated as IP55, which makes it splashproof and perfect for use even when you use it outdoors while it is drizzling lightly. Do you sweat much during your workouts? The Epic Air allows you to rinse it without any problem at all, too.

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LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset now boasts of JBL Signature Sound

lg-tone-ultraThere is nothing quite like having a lovely pair of headphones to be able to enjoy the kind of music that you like to listen to, as that would enhance all of the audio detail that it was meant to deliver during recording by the artiste at the studio. Well, LG Electronics has worked and refined on their LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset that will now boast of offering more than half a day’s worth of music listening time, now how about that?

Not only do you get a fantastic listening experience overall, you will also be able to look good while wearing it and enjoying your favorite tunes. The next item on your playlist will sound as though you were right smack in the middle of the recording studio, where this around-the-neck Bluetooth headset will boast of Dual MEMS microphones, JBL Signature Sound and Quad-Layer Speaker Technology.

The asking price for this next generation LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth headset stands at $99.99 a pop from the folks over at Sprint, and it will play nice with the latest iOS as well as Android-powered smartphones, making the most out of the new LG G6 and the LG V20 along the way. Thanks to its around-the-neck style, the LG Tone Ultra offers a personalized fit that remains there regardless of whether you are listening to music or attending to a phone call.

The presence of the legacy Tone tangle free, retractable earbuds ensure a great fit, while there are also easy-to-reach buttons that are located on the side of the LG Tone Ultra so that it becomes second nature to toggle between making and answering phone calls, as well as listening to music. Best of all is, it comes with more than half a day of listening time before requiring a recharge, which is a big deal for audiophiles who are always on the move.

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The Night N’ Day Mechanical Globe teaches practical knowledge

You can never know what information is going to be relevant to your life until you need it. Our parents hound us to pay attention in school because every ounce of knowledge might be the thing that leads us to success in the future. That being said, schools don’t teach us everything we need to know about life, and in all honesty, they never could.

If you want to make sure your kids are learning information that you personally find important, then it’s your job as their guardian to teach them. This Edu-Toys Night n’ Day Mechanical Globe will help parents who are interested in clocks and calendars give their children a visual guide as to how things work. This is a real solar time rotating globe that acts as both clock and calendar, turning to show you where people on the earth are experiencing sunrise, sunset, and twilight times.

This is very easy to set up, is 11” in diameter, and won’t take up much space standing only a little over a foot tall. It even adjusts for seasons! This will cost you around $127, but for education it would certainly be money well spent. In addition to that, knowing when and where you are on the globe is helpful, especially if you ever have to coordinate with people on the other side of the world for meetings and have difficulty remembering when they are.

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V-MODA Remix is a Bluetooth speaker and headphone amplifier

vmoda-remixV-MODA is well known when it comes to rolling out high-fidelity audio devices, and this time around, they have come up with the REMIX. REMIX is the very first portable Bluetooth speaker from the company that is able to roll out uncompromising sound quality alongside design, in addition to unrivaled 3D-printed customization options for every single surface. This is the result of three years of R&D that involved dozens of engineers and more than 50 prototypes.

With the foundation of V-MODA’s multi-award-winning audio technology shaping the REMIX into what it is today, it delivers precise and vibrant sound regardless of the listening levels. It will arrive in a couple of finishes – minimal CNC aluminum and luxurious vegan leather comes together, where the premium speaker is beautifully proportioned and completely customizable on all six sides, helping it to reflect the personality of its owner.

The REMIX measures slightly more than 8” wide, and has been specially designed to go anywhere, resulting in phenomenal, lifelike sound regardless of where you are. There is a newly designed glass-fiber diaphragm and long coil drivers that power it, while a rear-mounted bass reflex port ensures that one’s ears are treated to an accurate, clearly defined sound which is also powerful enough for monitoring duties during mobile recording and production. The REMIX is ideal for traveling as much as it is at home in your living room or at the office.

Since the REMIX is the world’s first 3D-printed custom speaker, it allows all half dozen sides of the REMIX to be personalized. It relies on V-MODA’s renowned jewelry-grade 3D-printing expertise so that owners are able to add new sides, make changes to the front grill, or even replace the main “C-shell” housing in order to deliver the ultimate in bespoke appearance. The choice of materials are aplenty, with lightweight matte fiber in 9 vibrant colors, 5 distinctive versions of steel, raw brass and bronze, sterling silver, 14k gold-plated and rhodium, 14-karat gold and platinum to boot. The sky’s the limit — or rather, your budget.

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The Artograph Projector – expand your artistic horizons

When you make art for a living, you never know when inspiration is going to strike in unexpected ways. You could exert your efforts in sculpting clay for three years and then decide to start honing your painting skills on the side. On the same page, you never quite know what sort of commissions will fall under your nose if you’re open to that sort of thing. You might work in excruciatingly small detail and have a customer wanting you to take a tiny piece of art and expand it over a larger space.

While tracing isn’t exactly considered art, this Artograph Projector will let you take flat artwork or small 3D objects and enlarge them on any vertical surface. You can be transferring a sketch to a canvas, or print something from the web and use that as a pattern. This has a 163mm lens that will enlarge the original sized image anywhere from 2-10 times over.

The copy size that you can use with this is 10.2 x 10.2cm, and you’ll want to use this in a darker room, as you won’t be able to see too much if it’s bright. You will have to get your hands on a 23W CFL bulb for this to be of any use to you, which will tack another $6.99 on top of the initial $29.99 purchase. It’s quite compact, and would be perfect for classrooms or artists who don’t want to (or can’t) pay much more for a gadget like this.

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Rand McNally Highlight is a unique Bluetooth tracker

We are all unable to have a photographic memory — only a handful of humans have the ability to do so, and these are very, very rare indeed. Well, we are thankful that there is technology which will be able to help us make better decisions while keeping track of our stuff — such as this special Bluetooth tracker from the folks over at Rand McNally. Rand McNally’s latest device, the Highlight, is touted to be a powerful and versatile Bluetooth tracker which enables users to shine a digital spotlight on tagged personal items.

You do not even need to have any kind of Spider sense in order to keep track of your devices, or use a Spider tracker like Spiderman. The Highlight trackers come in the form of decorative disks that measures slightly more than an inch in its diameter, where it will be stuck to valuables in a wide range of ways. The tiny design also makes it a snap to attach the Highlight disks to many important and yet easily misplaced items including a myriad of keys, wallets, laptops, and appliance remotes, be they for the sound system, fan, air conditioner, or even TV.

Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally shared, “We developed Highlight to help people stay organized and solve the everyday problem of misplacing items. Life is hectic and Highlight offers a helpful little reminder about your most valuable items when your mind is on other things. It also provides great peace of mind when you travel.”

Using the free Highlight app on iOS or Android-powered devices, you can then connect the handset to these disks. As long as the items are within the Bluetooth range, they can be detected. It also works the other way around, where pressing a button on the Highlight disk will then trigger a user’s misplaced phone and have it emit a sound, how cool is that?

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Polaroid Pop instant digital camera merges the old with the new

Polaroid is a name that is often synonymous with instant photos, and the company has managed to make a relatively successful transition to the digital era. Of course, no one would think of a Polaroid when it comes to purchasing a professional digital camera, but an instant digital camera? Polaroid has gotten that down to an art. The Polaroid Snap Touch is a good example last year, but this year would see yet another model released — the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera.

The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera delivers a modern take on the classic Polaroid instant print camera, bringing with it the wonders of an instant print format in 3” x 4”, while merging it with a sleek, modern design. Since 2017 is the 80th anniversary of Polaroid, it is a milestone for the company to introduce yet another easy-to-use camera that also keeps up with the rest of the times in terms of hardware and technology.

The Polaroid Pop will make use of ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, allowing users to be able to automatically print full color photos in the iconic 3” x 4″ format alongside the Polaroid Classic Border Logo. In other words, the final result would be a 3.5” x 4.25″ print, delivering a traditional digital camera experience. It sports a 3.97” touchscreen LCD that helps you to frame shots, and going through the camera’s menu is also a snap.

The Polaroid Pop comes with a 20MP CMOS sensor alongside dual LED flash, ensuring that all shots are of high quality, while image stabilization would translate to a far lower number of shaky images. Oh yes, did we forget — the Polaroid Pop has a Full HD video recording option, and all images and videos are stashed on a microSD memory card — with a maximum storage space of up to 128GB.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity enables the Polaroid Pop to hook up to a mobile device easily, turning the camera into an instant photo printer too. A trio of color modes are available: black and white, color, and vintage sepia.

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