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MakerBot Replicator

The personal printing revolution is upon us. No, not picture printing — 3D printing. The MakerBot Replicator ($1,750) is a home-sized 3D printer with your choice of single or dual MakerBot Stepstruder MK8 extruders, an on-board LCD, control pad, and SD slot for loading your models, and the ability to print objects up to roughly 9" x 6" x 6" in two different colors or materials. All you need now is something to make.

  • Twine

    It's always fun to see the crazy things our geeky brethren are able to create with some sensors and a Wi-Fi connection, but unless you've got plenty of time and a penchant for coding, odds are those projects are out of reach. That's where Twine ($100 and up) comes in. Twine is a wi-fi- and sensor-laden gadget that hooks up with a web service to monitor whatever you want in real-time, updating a dedicated Twitter account when necessary. Sensors residing inside the 2.5-inch, soap-like square include a thermometer and accelerometer, and you can add external sensors with ease. Just don't forget to follow your own Twine, lest your warnings of a freezing house go unnoticed.
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  • Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

    Oh sure, you could buy an iPad and over $300 worth of music apps instead, but then you'd miss out on all the colorful, tactile fun of the Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer ($850). This all-in-one sound box features eight built-in synthesizer engines, multiple effects, four rotary encoders, an FM radio(!), a built-in four-track recorder, a color-coded interface, OLED display, and 16 hours of battery life.