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.
Modern smartphones can take outstanding pictures — but they're not so outstanding for taking those images and immediately turning them into prints. Fortunately, the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer is. Designed for use with smartphones and tablets, this portable printer runs off two CR2 lithium batteries, and creates its own Wi-Fi network so you can wirelessly send your photos to the printer, which quickly recreates them on 2" x 3" Instax Mini Instant Film. Just think of it as the easiest way to turn your smartphone into a Polaroid.
Whether you're trying to build your vinyl collection or simply looking to add to your already encyclopedic array of records, ever-so-carefully stored in arrays of Ikea Expedit shelves, Vinyl Me, Please is worth checking out. This self-proclaimed "best damn record club out there" brings a new vinyl record to your doorstep each month for a reasonable price, and throws in a custom cocktail recipe that's paired with the album as well as a limited edition art print inspired by the music for good measure.