Let's face it: as cool as drones are, all most of us really want to do with them is shoot video and photos. Which is why they created the Parrot Bebop Drone. Drawing on the quadricopter expertise gained by building multiple generations of the AR.Drone, the Bebop uses data from a host of sensors to help keep it stable, and is capable of shooting fantastic video and stills thanks to a 14MP camera with a 180º fisheye lens and 3-axis stabilization to maintain a steady angle of view. And since it creates its own Wi-Fi network, all you need is a smartphone or tablet to get started.
Forget desktop 3D printers — if you want a machine to help you make truly useful things out of raw materials, check out the Nomad Desktop CNC Mill. Designed for use by amateurs and experts alike, it comes with simplified software to get you up and running that hides the complexity of a traditional CNC. It boasts a machining area of 8" x 8" x 3", a high-power brushless DC motor to power the spindle, accuracy better than .001", and — perhaps most importantly — the ability to work with a variety of plastics, wood, brass, and even aluminum, letting you go from idea to real, actual object in no time.
As the temperature creeps up outside, it's only a matter of time before you decide to crank up the air conditioning to keep cool while you're indoors — but with that comes ridiculous energy bills that can start to cut into your summer travel fund. But by installing Tado Cooling, you can fight back by efficiently cooling only when you need it to. It works by connecting to an app on your smartphone, and detecting when you are getting close to your home. It then communicates wirelessly with the connector kit (which replaces your home thermostat), letting your heating and cooling system know it's time to get to work.