Tools, DIY, Home, Office

Origin: Hand-held, Computer-aided CNC Wood Router

Origin computer robotic CNC Wood RouterHey woodworking geeks, salivate over this hand-held CNC. It’s called the Origin, and it can work at any scale down to some very intricate pieces. Even better, its computer brain and robot innards corrects for your mistakes.

Other niceties: display so you can see what your cutting below, a touch-screen, a variable speed router, z-axis settings, dust extraction, and even cloud connectivity to transfer and share your designs.

Gift Guide for Geeks

Amazon FireDo you have someone on your gifting list with particular taste in all things Geek?  If so, the Geeks have your gifting playbook depending on your level of investment (how much money do you want to spend?).  Below are some great gift ideas under $50, under $100, under $200 and over $200 but you can also check some geek-centric stores such as ThinkGeek, Hammacher Schlemmer and Sharper Image.  Enjoy!

Review: Doxie One portable scanner

Doxie One scanning a photoI love the Doxie One. Paperless nirvana, here I come. I’ve dreamed of a paperless and more importantly, an electronic document repository, for a long time, but that has been mostly a dream as I’ve dreaded having to haul my papers over to my clunky all-in-one printer-scanner, then scan papers 1 or a few at a time.

I’ve used the Doxie One for the past 4 weeks and with a few exceptions that I’ll talk about, I love it. If your goal is to go paperless and stay that way, I can highly recommend the Doxie One as an essential component of your paperless toolbox.

Stanley Safety Socket Reduces Power Cord Tripping Accidents

You know when you’re vacuuming the house and someone decides to trip over your cord and hurt themself? What we really need is a socket that easily detaches at that point so you don’t get caught out. Stanley Tools have got the answer – their Stanley Safety Socket.

A little bit how Apple’s magnetic cords plug into your Mac, simply tug on the cord and the socket breaks away, meaning no accidents and no stretched wires. You can have this safety for just $20.

We’ve been holding onto this gem for a long time now hoping that Stanley would release this widely, but we still can’t seem to find it on the Interwebs for sale. If you spot it somewhere, drop us a line so we can update the rest of our readers. Thanks!

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(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Livescribe Echo smartpen

Livescribe Smartpens go Online – Can Now Share Socially to Facebook, Twitter

Livescribe Echo smartpen

Over the last two years we’ve brought you the Livescribe Pulse and Livescribe Echo smart pens, and now in 2011 comes news of Livescribe Connect. While the previous pens were pretty amazing in their capabilities (refresh your memory: they record exactly what you write and you can sync audio with this, and a few neat apps such as playing piano with it) but they were a bit incomplete in their ability to post this data online. Not anymore!

Black & Decker Pivoting Automatic Paint Roller

The pivoting rapid roller from Black & Decker brings the paint roller into the modern day. You fill the pot attached to the roller and get painting. This eliminates the need for a cumbersome paint tray and applies the paint straight from the container to the wall.

Other nifty little features include a kickstand so you can keep the paint off the floor when you put it down, a pivoting head for easy access to almost any spot and a splatter guard to protect you from paint splashes.

OCD Chopping Board for Vegetable-Lovers Everywhere

If you’ve got a case of OCD and like to have your vegetable cut up perfectly, or if you’re just having guests over and want to make your dish perfect, then the OCD Chef Cutting Board is exactly what you need.

The wooden chopping board has a grid printed on it so you can chop the vegetables to precise lengths, or dice them in perfect cubes. If it’s that perfect angle you’re after then don’t worry as this is catered for (pardon the pun) too – lines and arcs come out from one of the corners of the board for you to get that perfect slice on your cucumber.

Wireless Chime Turns Your Mailbox into an Inbox

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that sometimes we do get real mail – you know, those paper letters that end up in our mailboxes. If you want your mailbox to behave more like your email inbox though you don’t need to look much further. This wireless mail chime will let you know when you’ve got mail just like Mail or Outlook.

To set up the mail chime you stick a sensor on the inside of your mailbox door, and place the receiver in your house somewhere. When your mailbox door is opened, the box will beep and light up red, alerting you to the fact you have mail.

UltraSonic Pest Repeller is Disguised as a Nightlight

Pest control is a tough nut to crack sometimes, but an ultrasonic pest-repelling device might just do the job for you (I’ve had good results myself with one). This one in particular is a nightlight and repeller – when the device is plugged in it lights up with a blue glow, and emits an ultrasonic sound that will scare away any pests in your house.

The design of it makes it look just like an ordinary nightlight and no one visiting your house would be able to tell its actual function.

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