Shaper Origin CNC Machine

A proper CNC router will set you back an absurd amount of money. Cheap it’s not, but Shaper Origin CNC Machine at least makes this technology affordable for the serious DIYer. It’s also the first hand-held CNC machine but instead of leaving precise work to your shaky, non-expert hands the Shaker Origin guides you using a 5-inch touchscreen display up top that’s programmed with a precise design and automatically corrects the tool’s bit to the desired position — as well as completely handling the z-axis depth — for a perfectly smooth cut. Thanks to its open ended handheld nature it’ll help you tackle projects of various sizes and complexities. It’s also clean thanks to a dust extraction port (bottom left) that connects to your external vacuum to quarantine the dust and features a collect that accepts standard 1/4-inch shank router bits.

Learn more at Shaper Tools – $1,500+

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HacBook Elite

It’s not as svelte as the latest MacBook Pro (or even the original from ten years ago) but the HacBook Elite offers a nice discount on existing Apple options. It starts with a refurbished business class HP laptop that comes with an Intel i5 processor, a 14-inch 1600×900 display, and customizable options which include up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage space, all in all putting it in direct competition with the MacBook Pro from 2013. Most importantly it can dual boot both Windows and native OS X without the use of emulators, making it a solid option for developing Mac apps on the cheap. We can’t comment on the legality of the thing, though, so buy at your own risk.

Learn more at HacBook – $330+

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Px Invisible Backpack Mini

It’s tastefully spartan on the outside, earning the px Invisible Backpack Mini its name. But there’s more to this simple looking backpack than its exterior would have you know. First, the shell material is of a slightly glossy, water resistant 800x600D nylon and polyester blend that’s both durable and more elegant than standard ballistic variants. Two stealthy medium-sized front pockets organize smaller goods while a concealed laptop slot on one side fits up to 13-inch computers — and all three, along with the main compartment, close up using durable water resistant YKK zippers. It’s big enough to hold all your daily carry essentials at 14 litres, all without weighing you down like an unnecessarily large bag would.

Learn more at px – $168

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Playstation Now For PC

Playstation Now lets you stream PS3 games — but up until now you’ve needed to own a modern and pricy Sony console. Playstation Now For PC does away with all that extra hardware, instead letting you use your computer to play. You’ll need a compatible Windows PC with some half decent specs as well as fairly fast internet (5Mbps+) and a DualShock 4 controller that can either plug in via a USB mini cable or be used wirelessly with a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter — but that’s it. It makes us wonder if dedicated gaming console’s days are numbered.

Learn more at Playstation Now or preorder the adapter at Amazon ($25) – $20/month subscription

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Samsung CF791 34-Inch Curved Monitor

It’s both massive and the most curved gaming monitor you can buy. The Samsung CF791 34-Inch Curved Monitor boasts an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio to preserve content and practically acts as multiple screens in one while shrinking borders to a minimum to reduce distraction. It also boasts a 100 Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync to synchronize refresh rates with your AMD graphics card, and a brilliantly colorful 125-percent sRGB spectrum that makes all the difference for distinguishing subtle details. And each is calibrated prior to leaving the factory, optimizing black gamma levels, white balance, and more.

Learn more at Samsung – $TBA

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Review: Starry Station

Routers: they’re a necessary evil to get the internet that’s piped into your home seamlessly split across all your devices. But what if you could do away with the need to ever type in a router IP address, dig up old manuals to find default credentials to log into it, and then deal with an interface that looks like it was designed before you were born? In a nutshell that’s the idea behind Starry Station ($280): a router that’s not in any way cryptic or convoluted. Is it really as user friendly as you’d assume? Spoiler: yes. But read on for the full review.

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Omnicharge Power Bank

Most power banks handle only smaller devices like smartphones and tablets that plug in via USB. The Omnicharge Power Bank has no such limitations. On top of two 2.4A USB ports this battery-pack-on-steroids also packs an AC/DC power outlet into which to plug anything — a laptop, projector, drone charger, hell even a projector or television. Omnicharge recognizes connected devices and adjusts power output to either efficiently power or charge them, with a small screen displaying power flow, estimated charge time, battery life, and more. It’s available in both standard 13,600 mAh and Pro 20,400 mAh versions, the latter equipped with higher wattage output on top of its far greater power storage capacity.

Learn more at Indiegogo – $110+

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MDK9 Dog Haus

It’s the twenty first century. Ensure your dog’s residence is up to snuff with the MDK9 Dog Haus, the first such creation that uses both modern materials and design to come up with something far more attractive than the run-of-the-mill four-walled dog house. Brazilian Teak is used in the roof and walls, reinforced with power coated steel and built upon a concrete base. It’s also equipped with a custom Jax & Bones memory foam pillow for use as bedding and a Modern House Numbers name plaque customized with your dog’s name.

Learn more at Rah Design – $3,650

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Zodiac Engineering Slingshot

There is elegance in simplicity. Zodiac Engineering’s Slingshot is proof of this concept. Machined from aluminum, titanium or G10, this slingshot is designed to pack a punch and still fit in your pocket. Just one tool is necessary to assemble or repair the slingshot, a simple 5mm hex key. The key is both used to push the 5/16” steel balls into the slingshot band for attaching it to either side of the prongs and for tightening the chainring bolts. Since the thru holes are smaller than the 5/16” retaining balls, they can never pull through. With a little practice you’ll be able to down your evening meal or at least breakout a window.

Find it at Kickstarter – $100+

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Can-Am Maverick X3

Slick, paved roads too tame for your taste? Fortunately the Can-Am Maverick X3 is built to drive off of them. Low seating and a low centre of gravity keep this machine — and you — glued to the ground through terrain both smooth and rough with up to 24-inches of suspension travel thanks to Fox 3.0 Podium RC2 HPG shocks along with plenty of clearance (15-inches) to not have to worry about going in too fast. Which is bound to happen often considering it’s equipped with a 154 horsepower turbocharged Rotax ACE engine that kicks it from zero to 60 in a blistering quick 4.9 seconds. Available in three models with two wheel widths (64 or 72 inches) in several colors and customizable with a long line of optional accessories.

Learn more at Can-Am – $23,000+

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ITS Kevlar Escape Laces

Escape gear comes in many forms, but we definitely didn’t expect to find it in laces. ITS Tactical’s Kevlar Escape Laces are made of 100% Kevlar and come in 54-inch, 60-inch and 72-inch sizes to fit standard shoes and boots. Sure, they’re strong, providing 360 lbs of tensile strength, are both fire and chemical resistant, and they won’t break. But they really shine if you’re ever in a bad situation and tied up with zip ties or the like, doubling as a friction saw with a bit of ingenuity (i.e. stringing the laces through the zip ties, tying them up between your feet, and basically pedalling for a few seconds until it cuts).

Find it at ITS Tactical – $11 [via]

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