As 3D printing slowly creeps from the edges of technology, disruptive enthusiasts, hobbyists with a few grand to spend for tinkering with their AutoCAD doodles and closer to retail center, so do the variety of options an imaginative person has available to use to create and construct. Carbon fiber once was a material exclusive to Formula One racecars, spaceships, luxury goods and other items far from the reach of day-to-day life. Well, for the most part it still is. However, thanks to Boston-based startup MarkForged with the Mark One 3D printer carbon fiber has made its way to 3D printing, making the previous entrants into this emerging field appear as toys for children. The Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D printer has an aluminum frame (unibody of course), follows a design favorable to engineers, uses kinematic couplings to enable precise placement (within 10 microns) and lays claim as the world’s first 3D printer to handle composite materials. Although if you do not need the strength of carbon fiber to construct your Cobra H.I.S.S. tank or Generation 1 Optimus Prime trailer, the Mark One also handles nylon, fiberglass and biodegradable PLA.
The Razer Ouroboros Mouse delivers ambidextrous capabilities, ergonomic satisfaction, wireless or wired functionality and a multitude of possible customizations that allow you to extend the Ouroboros gaming mouse to fit your specific needs. With 11 programmable buttons, 8200 DPI and 12-hours of battery-life, this wireless mouse should survive the most brutal gaming sessions on one charge, but just in-case, a single AA alkaline battery can work if you insist on not using the wire while the included NiMH battery recharges. The Ouroboros mouse also allows you to customize the length and arch so the mouse fits as close to perfect as possible so there is no strain when you empty your last clip in your favorite FPS using the dedicated DPI Clutch Trigger or making perfectly timed maneuvers during adventure or action game sequences where every twitch counts.
The new pint sized entry into 3D motion control by a company named Leap Motion seems to have taken the online tech world by storm. 4 out of 5 tech websites agree that the new Leap device has the potential to give motion control technology a much wider use than video games. Boasting accuracy close to one hundredth of a millimeter, the Leap tracks multiple movements, can chain devices together and is smaller than an iPod. Compatible with Windows and Mac OS X, you can pre-order the USB peripheral for $70.
For you office types who have been longing for the Full HD resolution of the big game screens at your home, the ViewSonic Pro8300 Business projector should meet your demanding presentation needs. Full 16:9 widescreen ratio, 3,000 lumens and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. If those specs are pure gobbledygook, just know that as of today the ViewSonic Pro8300 has the best projection quality for industrial graphics, presentations and multimedia. And when you and your arch nemesis go to battle with your slideshows both of you can plug into the Pro8300 thanks to dual HDMI, VGA and PC inputs. Now you can argue over which idea is better with ease and sophistication.
Further expanding into the touch mouse market, Logitech deftly combines their skills for aesthetics and function with the Logitech Touch Mouse M600. Designed for comfort and performance the M600 wireless optical mouse fits comfortably in either hand allowing for ambidextrous use and has a wide touch surface allowing you to use gestures easily. The M600 also uses Logitech Flow Scroll software that gives the wireless mouse a scrolling capability that rivals your favorite quick scrolling smartphone. That being said when the M600 hits the market you will be able to right click, left click, swipe, browse and scroll horizontally or vertically with just a touch for less than eighty bucks. Logitech Touch Mouse M600
Lexar is now shipping those 128GB memory cards you’ve been waiting for since CES 2011. The massive Lexar 128GB SDXC memory card is an industry first. With Lexar guaranteeing speeds at 20MB per second you can upload those hi-res hangover photos of your buddies, the HD bachelor party videos you’ve been wanting to post online and of course the professional stuff that pays the bills, without feeling as if you are waiting forever and a day for the process to finish.
Amazon is now promoting the next generation Kindle. The new device, the Kindle 2 has more storage (2GB) and is thinner than the previous model. However, you might like to know that the Amazon Kindle 2 is slightly larger device than the original.
Gizmodo recently covered the SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus, a 4GB USB drive that stores your data online for $29.99 a year after the 6-month free teaser. Aside from secretly storing data in your g-mail account, what is your opinion regarding online storage?
Hoping to find Bluetooth in the iPod Touch so you can h4x0r / homebrew up an 16GB iPhone? Well keep waiting. Like a hopeless romantic, you believed ifixit would find the iPod Bluetooth chip and end your agony. Don’t worry you are not alone.