Sometimes you gotta’ treat yourself; and when buying for others,
you might want to be a bit more frugal. We’re giving you both
options and you decide who gets what.
Metabo DS 200 8-in. Bench Grinder
The German-engineered 8-in. grinder provides the power ( 1 HP) for heavy-duty
jobs, while staying relatively quiet with
low vibration. It’s made to last, with a
maintenance-free induction motor and
sturdy die-cast aluminum protective covers
for the wheels.
Dewalt DW756 6-in. Bench Grinder
This highly rated, smooth-running bench grinder employs
a 5∕ 8 HP induction motor and reaches up to
3,450 rpm to shape, sharpen, or buff any of
your tools or metal projects. The corded machine includes 36 and 60 grit wheels, and
provides solid, pro-level performance for a
The long wait for Jibo, the animated Pixar-ish
personal assistant, is over. Spawned from the
mind of MIT professor and social robotics expert Cynthia Breazeal and funded ( 2,241%
over the goal) by an Indiegogo campaign, Jibo’s
certainly one of the more intriguing new robots,
what with its ability to dance and follow you
while you’re talking to it. Along with cameras
for taking pictures and streaming and playing video, it uses facial
recognition to identify different users, and the advanced AI allows it to
develop a distinct personality and anticipate your needs. The software
is expected to constantly evolve and make it even more personable,
and with it, maybe our expectations of human-robot interaction as well.
Amazon Echo Show
Like the Echo and Dot before
it, the Show reacts to your
voice commands to order take-out, control the thermostat, play
some tunes, or anything else
Alexa can help you with. And it
adds a 7-in. screen to display
images or video without having
to interface with a touchscreen.
Theoretically, this hands-free tool could help
you access work instructions without having to wipe your greasy
hands. You can also easily make video calls, so it’s a great gift for
family members you love, but not enough to visit.
Qidi Technology X-one
A few years ago, China started a massive initiative to getting 3D printers in every one of its
400,000 elementary schools, so it’s no surprise
a Chinese company—using an open sourced
MakerBot design—constructed a beginner’s
3D printer that even pros would love. The FDM
printer has sturdy metal frame and weighs 42
lb., so it’s tough, but is also really easy to use.
It also supports Simplify3D to quickly turn any digital 3D fle into an
accurate physical model.
MakerGear M3 Independent Dual
For highly accurate, high resolution prototyping and production jobs,
even in an industrial setting, bet on this dual extruder
desktop printer. Using two modular extruders means you
get twice the throughput and can use two different mate-
rials on a max build volume of 100 x 254 x 203 mm per
extruder in Mimeo mode. This allows you to infuse fexible
and rigid elements to your build, with at least 13 different
materials to combine, ranging from ABS to carbon fber.
The previous M2 was named the world’s #1 ranked workhorse 3D
printer, so you know this 29-lb. thoroughbred will race to a quick ROI.