The biggest complaint so far when it comes to consumer-level 3D printing has been the barrier to access — 3D printers are too expensive, too hard to use, too large to fit into a small space, and materials are too hard to come by. The MakerBot Replicator Mini ($1,400) takes huge leaps into making 3D printing at home a lot more approachable. By reducing the price to almost a quarter of their previous models, they've made it a little more attainable for the average guy, while making its footprint considerably smaller. With a reimagined interface, wireless connectivity, a digital store for downloading designs, and touch-and-print capability, it's never been easier to get started with rapid prototyping and modeling. An onboard camera for monitoring the process, a replaceable extruder, and compatibility with Makerbot PLA filament just make it that much easier.
It seems everyone and their mother is throwing their hat into the wrist-worn fitness tracker ring lately — and Garmin is no exception. The Garmin Vivofit ($170) is pretty typical as far as the competition is concerned, save one important feature. Its user-replaceable battery will last up to one year at a time, saving you from annoying recharges every couple of days. Meant to be worn at all times, it tracks your sleep as well as your physical activity, and has functionality that monitors how long you've been stationary, letting you know to get up and walk every hour. It's also water resistant, available in a range of colors, and syncs automatically to their online fitness community, letting you log miles, compete with friends, and more.
Just because you need more storage space for everything on your computer — whether it's regular backups, your ridiculous collection of MP3s, an archive of every photo you've ever taken, or your complete video library — doesn't mean you need to junk up your desk with some clunky-looking hard drive. The LaCie Sphère ($500) is a truly gorgeous work of industrial art, and with USB 3.0 connectivity and a terabyte of storage space, it's no slouch either. Handcrafted and silvered in France, the enclosure is made by master craftsmen at Christofle, sports a unique round shape, and is polished for a highly-reflective surface. And with USB 3.0, it's nearly three times faster than regular USB, all without requiring a power cable.