We know how durable Moleskine notebooks can be, and we also know that most guys printing out a photo book likely want it to last — so it only makes sense to combine the two. Moleskine Photo Books ($40) are custom printed 20-page books filled with photos of your choosing. The hard cover of the roughly 9" x 7.5" book features a title and one of your images inset into the cover, and ivory inner pages make sure your photos look their best. There's even an expandable inner pocket for adding to the memories. Looking for more? The $75 Photo Book Plus offers 60 pages, a linen fabric slipcase, a downloadable PDF version, and an online digital flipbook.
The best movies create new worlds that we get to visit for short periods of time. The Beetlejuice Terrarium ($350) takes one of these worlds — that of Beetlejuice — and scales it down so it can fit in your office, den, or pretty much anywhere else you like. Created using moss taken from a forest near the artist, the placement of the tree, posts, and driveway are all accurate relative to the house, which is made out of wax, stands 1.5-inches tall, and is detailed enough to make you worried about saying the titular character's name three times when in the vicinity.
Tired of trying to learn guitar via videogame? The Fretlight Guitar ($TBA) is an honest-to-goodness instrument that will have you playing in no time. Thanks to a system of lights inside the fretboard itself, the Fretlight lets you see the correct finger positions instantly, without needing to glance back-and-forth from a book to the guitar — just hook it up to your PC or Mac, select a song, and go. Available in a variety of colors and styles, it'll have you ruining otherwise decent parties in no time.
Another year, another step closer to being able to print out nearly any object you desire. The Makerbot Replicator 2 ($2,200) is the latest such step, boasting a resolution capability of 100 microns and a 410 cubic inch build volume for creating ever larger things. It's new black powder-coated steel chassis is more secure than ever, and just in case your building of useless stuff gets your conscience involved, you can rest assured knowing that it was designed and optimized for Makerbot's new renewable bioplastic PLA filament.
Tossing a piece of popcorn into the air and catching it with your mouth is a time-honored snacking tradition. But what do you do when your hands are full and you're hungry for a bite? The Popinator ($TBA) is here to help. Using binaural microphones, the Popinator listens for you to say the word "pop", estimates your mouth's position, and then fires a single piece off in that direction, letting you catch it with your mouth and continue on about your business. No word on when or if it might hit the market, but you can sign us up for one when it does.