When you need some extra storage to share those all-important files — whether it's your latest Photoshop masterpiece, video from an event, or photos from your wedding — it helps to have a USB drive on-hand. And with Gigs 2 Go, you never need to be caught in need. They offer packs of four drives (available in either one GB, eight GB, or 16 GB) encased in 100% recycled post-consumer paper. Just tear off the storage you need whenever you need it, pass it on to a friend, or store it for later. At the size of a credit card, they fit conveniently in your pocket or wallet, because it's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Instead of fumbling with keys or dealing with a cryptic combination, Skylock makes securing and untethering your bike as easy as walking up to it. Developed by engineers from Boeing and Jawbone, this smart lock uses built-in solar panels to stay charged, with Bluetooth LE to enable automatic unlocking, Wi-Fi for extended range, and an accelerometer that can alert you should your bike get moved, or call an ambulance should it detect a crash. So, basically everything a simple chain lock isn't.
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.