Top 5 iPad Pro Accessories to transform your Tablet into a Productivity Powerhouse

The leap from M2 to M4 was Apple’s way of completely future-proofing the iPad against any sort of competition. The iPad Pro 2024 edition is easily the world’s most powerful tablet (and the thinnest one in its category too)… and every powerful superhero definitely needs a sidekick or companion right? We’ve put together a list of accessories that empower your iPad Pro physically, allowing you to do more with it, and be more secure with it. From productivity gizmos to protective gear, here are our 5 favorite accessories to pair with your 2024 iPad Pro.

1. Pitaka MagEZ Case 2

Pitaka’s MagEZ Case 2 coats your iPad in a protective layer like no other. The ultra-slim case comes made from aerospace-grade aramid fibers (like Kevlar) along with polyurethane, impact-proofing your iPad from all corners. The camera comes with a protective lip too, shielding the lenses from damage when you lay down your iPad Pro flat on a surface, or even if you drop your tablet. The beauty of the MagEZ Case 2 is how stunningly light it is, weighing a mere 78 grams or 2.5 ounces. The fibers on the back are put together using Pitaka’s Fusion Weaving technology, resulting in a gorgeous checkered design all along the back of your iPad Pro. Meanwhile, the exposed edge on the side lets you snap your Pencil Pro with ease… and here’s the kicker, the MagEZ Case 2 is compatible with Apple’s Magic Keyboard Folio, so you can snap the tablet onto the Magic Keyboard, case included.

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2. HyperDrive USB Hub

Sometimes just a multiport hub isn’t enough – the HyperDrive packs buttons too. With 6 ports and 3 playback control buttons, the HyperDrive expands your iPad Pro’s capabilities in a way that most hubs couldn’t. Sure, it helps to have HDMI, USB, SD Card, and 3.5mm Aux input for your iPad Pro… but imagine being able to remotely play/pause or skip tracks/episodes through a USB-C hub. Three playback buttons on the HyperDrive unlock this possibility, allowing you to control playback without switching apps, dragging down the control center, or even touching the screen. You could be working on an important document with YouTube or Spotify playing in the background and the HyperDrive lets you play or pause music or even skip tracks while you work, without letting you skip a beat. Meanwhile, those 6 extra ports are perfect for turning your iPad Pro into a pro-grade workstation.

3. CUKTECH 10 Power Bank

Powerful enough to handle your iPad Pro’s (or even MacBook’s) charging requirements, the CUKTECH 10 is a 10,000mAh power bank that outputs a stunning 100W of power. A Xiaomi sub-brand, CUKTECH developed the CUKTECH 10 to be an all-in-one power bank small enough to fit in your laptop bag, but capable enough to juice even your tablet or laptop at fast-charging speeds. A USB-A and USB-C port let you charge up to 2 devices at the same time, while the 10,000mAh battery on the inside is enough to juice your iPad Pro to 100% at fast-charging speeds, doubling your tablet’s battery life while you’re working on a holiday, on a flight, or at a cafe. The CUKTECH 10’s sleek all-metal design stands shorter than your phone, and the entire power bank can literally fit in your pocket while traveling. Not to mention, a nifty TFT display on the power bank lets you know its battery percentage while also measuring the output of the power bank’s dual ports.

4. Pitaka MagEZ Folio 2

We’ve seen folio cases galore, but this particular one from Pitaka has a pretty clever design that allows you to prop up your iPad Pro in as many as 4 different angles. With a simple origami-inspired creased flap on the front, the MagEZ Folio 2 lets you quickly have your iPad standing at 62° in portrait mode, or 57°, 53°, or 34° in landscape mode. Like any good folio case, it protects your entire iPad Pro (screen included) from damage, while the flap on front has an auto-sleep/wake feature. Meanwhile, a separate magnetic flap on the side actually holds your Apple Pencil in place, preventing it from accidentally being knocked off the tablet. The MagEZ Folio 2 comes with a PU leather exterior, a microfiber interior (to safeguard your screen), and weighs a remarkable 240 grams or 8.4 ounces, making it lighter than 95% of folio case/stands on the market.

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5. Twelve South HoverBar Duo

Designed to work with iPads and even Kindles, the HoverBar Duo is a tablet stand on steroids. It holds the iPad Pro in infinite positions, heights, and angles thanks to its two-arm adjustable design. You can lift your iPad up to face level for better viewing, or attach it to your bedside for hands-free movie-watching while you’re in bed. The HoverBar Duo gets its name from the fact that it can be desk-mounted or shelf-clamped. A weighted base lets you stand your iPad Pro on a table without the fear of having it topple over, and friction hinges on the arms let you adjust your iPad to pretty much any angle you need, giving you a display that’s exactly where you want it to be.

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The Tiny DWARF 3 Smart Telescope Can Track Stars, Capture The Milky Way with Gigapixel Resolution

For centuries, telescopes have been the gateway to the cosmos, allowing us to peer into the vast expanse of space and unravel its secrets. However, traditional telescopes often come with drawbacks – their bulky size and complex setups can be intimidating for beginners and hinder portability for outdoor adventures. Moreover, aside from their complicated nature, telescopes were just downright unaffordable to the masses… but technology always endeavors to make innovation accessible to everyone. Enter the DWARF 3, a revolutionary smart telescope that bridges the gap between cutting-edge technology and user-friendly design, making astronomy and nature observation more accessible than ever before.

Designer: DwarfLab Team

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The name DWARF 3 isn’t without reason, as it breaks from the norm of what we expect from a telescope. The name comes from its dwarfed design, which condenses the massive linear telescopes into something the size of a dictionary or novel – and it does so by borrowing a trick from smartphone camera designs. The DWARF 3 boasts a unique periscopic design, a leap forward from its successful predecessor, DWARF II (which raised over $870,000 on Kickstarter). Unlike traditional telescopes with a straight light path, DWARF 3 utilizes a prism to fold the light path, resulting in a remarkably compact and portable form factor. This innovative design allows the telescope to fit comfortably in a backpack, making it the perfect companion for stargazing trips, camping adventures, or even spontaneous backyard astronomy sessions. Despite its compact size, DWARF 3 packs a powerful punch when it comes to optical capabilities, quite like a smartphone’s camera does. By bending light in a different way that doesn’t need a massively long tubular structure, the DWARF 3 achieves telescope-grade zooming but in a small package.

Portable Design

DWARF 3 brings you a state of the art upgrade: in optics, sensors, and more processing power.

That isn’t all the DWARF 3 borrows from smartphones – touted as a smart telescope, it’s designed to be entirely automatic and can remotely be controlled by a user. Whether for astronomy or nature photography, DWARF 3 is ready in minutes via a smartphone app, letting you capture the world around you in a bunch of ways. The DWARF 3 features a dual-camera system, catering to both wide-field observation and detailed target magnification. The wide-angle camera lets you preview shots before the telephoto camera allows you to zoom in on subjects, but also has the unique distinction of being wide enough to capture the entire Milky Way within one frame. An Astro Mosaic mode also lets the DWARF 3 capture and stitch together incredibly detailed panoramic views of the sky so you can zoom in on stars. The EQ mode, combined with the star-tracking feature, allows the camera to automatically correct for the Earth’s rotation and follow specific cosmic objects, eliminating the need to manually reset the camera’s aim. You can even set schedules, so the DWARF 3 kicks in at the right time to begin capturing the star you’ve set your eye on.

DWARF 3 also includes a better view and even better photos!

The true star of the DWARF 3’s optical system is the telephoto lens. A 150mm lens that actually has an equivalent focal length of 737mm, this lens brings distant celestial objects into sharp focus, inviting you to explore the cosmos with unprecedented detail, from the subtle textures of nebulae to the captivating lunar phases. But DWARF 3 isn’t just for astronomy enthusiasts. Nature photographers will find this telephoto lens invaluable. With its wireless control capabilities, DWARF 3 allows you to capture stunning wildlife images from a safe distance, ensuring minimal disturbance to the animals in their natural habitat. Whether it’s a majestic hawk soaring high above or a shy deer peeking out from a thicket, DWARF 3 helps you capture those fleeting moments of nature’s beauty in exceptional detail.

DWARFLAB App leads you to stunning shots on a single click. Designed with beginners in mind, the one-click shooting feature streamlines the process, ensuring effortless photography. At the same time, for advanced users, manual adjustments are still open for your precise control over every aspect of the shot.

DWARF 3 goes beyond simply providing magnified views. To elevate the user experience, it boasts a suite of intelligent features powered by cutting-edge technology. The autofocusing functionality utilizes a built-in step motor, ensuring crisp and clear images at all magnifications. This eliminates the need for manual adjustments, allowing you to focus on enjoying the view. For deep sky objects (DSOs), DWARF 3 employs a sophisticated object tracking system that leverages the power of deep learning to automatically track your target object. Simply select your target on the intuitive DWARF App, and the telescope will keep it in focus, even as it moves across the sky. AI-powered post-processing also allows the DWARF 3 to automatically reduce or remove noise from pictures (often a problem with low-light photography) while preserving celestial details, ensuring clarity and texture even when shooting in less-than-ideal conditions.

With the built-in Sky Atlas and top pick target suggestions, you can quickly identify worthy objects for observation and effortlessly begin your night sky imaging journey without any hesitation.

The DWARFLAB App serves as the central hub for controlling your DWARF 3 telescope. This user-friendly app, compatible with both Android and iOS devices, connects seamlessly to your telescope via Wi-Fi. Through the app, you can access a range of features, from basic camera control settings, image/video settings, and even time-lapse photography options. You can browse a virtual map of the sky and tell the DWARF 3 what to point at, and just in case you’re a noob like me, the app has its own recommended tab that tells you what cosmic bodies to watch out for, from nebulae to galaxies, stars, and even the Moon or Milky Way. The intuitive interface makes DWARF 3 accessible to users of all experience levels, allowing beginners to dive headfirst into the wonders of astronomy and experienced observers to unlock new levels of exploration. The app also lets you download images from the DWARF 3 onto your device, be it a phone or a tablet. There’s support for popular formats like JPEG and PNG, but the DWARF 3 can also capture FITS and TIFF formats (essential for preserving detail in those massive panorama photos).

Milky Way

On just a hardware and software level, the DWARF 3 packs quite a lot for a $469 telescope. Although catered towards both serious stargazers and hobbyists, the DWARF 3’s specs are solid. A 150mm telephoto lens (equivalent of 737mm) and a 6.7mm wide angle lens (equivalent of 45mm) offer the DWARF 3 a massive FOV range. A Sony IMX678 STARVIS 2 sensor captures precise imagery across a variety of shooting modes including regular photo, astro, burst, and time-lapse, along with videos at 4K@30fps or 1080p@60fps. For the image processing functions, the telescope has an NPU capable of 5 TOPS of processing power (an upgrade from the 2 TOPS on the DWARF II model). A 128GB eMMC comes included with the DWARF 3 for storing photos, and a whopping 10,000mAh built-in battery lets the telescope work for long hours, capturing massive panoramas or long-duration star trails. All this fits into a device that weighs 1.3 kilograms, works automatically, and outperforms most pro-grade camera setups that are 10 times the cost.

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This Steampunk Perpetual Marble Machine feels like the Ultimate Desk Accessory for LEGO Enthusiasts

Building it is just half the experience… Once it’s assembled, JMBricklayer’s Steampunk Marble Run works as a perpetual machine of sorts, creating a dynamic mechanical toy that’s always running on your desk. A rollercoaster for marbles, this over-5300-piece marvel offers a closed-loop design featuring interweaving paths, flamethrowers, dinosaurs, and nuclear reactors… all made from bricks of course. The entire structure measures a whopping 24.8 inches tall, and runs on two motors powered by a battery module. A perfect desktop toy for LEGO and other brick enthusiasts, puzzle geeks, pinball nerds, gamers, steampunk-lovers, and just fun YouTubers who like to have an interesting toy in the background of their vlogs, the Steampunk Marble Run’s $158 price tag makes it a no-brainer for people looking for a challenge.

Designer: JMBricklayer

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This isn’t your dad’s LEGO set. It’s rated extremely difficult, with over 5,391 pieces that come together over days of painstaking work. The result, however, is beyond glorious. The entire set looks like something out of a mad scientist’s playroom. The GBC(Great Ball Contraption) features multiple paths and a randomizer that sends marbles on unique journeys. The balls roll down these dizzying routes, overshadowing any Hot Wheels track you could have ever built in your life, and make their way to the bottom of the contraption. A lift then carries them back up to the top, where the entire process repeats itself… with different results every time.

The entire Steampunk Marble Run set is the visual representation of a sensory overload. It’s so incredibly detailed you end up discovering new things every time you observe it from a different angle. The 2-foot-tall structure has industrial equipment, prehistoric monsters, chemical tanks and nuclear reactors, flamethrowers, two different kinds of lifts, and just random rails/paths connecting them all together into a symphony of sheer chaos.

The way the Great Ball Contraption is visually complicated, but theoretically simple. A battery module powers the entire set, delivering juice to the two lifts that carry the marbles up, and the stairways that also help move the marbles around. However, once the marbles hit the tracks, gravity and randomness kick in. Multiple tracks allow your marble to take a unique path of its own, and objects and obstacles on the journey help the marbles change their paths midway. For example, the T-Rex model at the center plays a role in moving marbles around. Its spine has a two-way switch that allows marbles to go either left or right, and the flamethrower emerging from its mouth also nudges balls into different routes, pushing them down a funnel that diverts them thanks to the same two-way switch.

Although JMBricklayer’s set doesn’t use official bricks from ‘that one famous plastic brick company’, it’s designed to be compatible with them… so if the 5,391-brick megastructure doesn’t feel detailed enough, you can actually add more to it and customize it in different ways. With that many pieces and an ‘extreme’ difficulty rating, the entire set should take days or weeks to put together depending on how proficient you are. There’s a detailed guide that comes with your kit, which should definitely make things easier… but don’t expect it to be as simple as putting together an IKEA sofa set.

Other details add to the Steampunk Marble Run’s gloriously otherworldly design. The color palette is overwhelmingly grunge-inspired, evoking an almost Mad Max style. Meanwhile, you’ve got a combination of industrial machinery, pipes, girders, chains, flamethrowers, Gatling guns, chemical tanks, nuclear reactors, and two dinosaurs dominating the design. The kit comes with a battery pack that lets you input 6 AA batteries to run the entire experience. The battery pack powers two motors that control various aspects of the marble run, and the entire set includes 10 marbles as a part of the experience… although you can absolutely add a few more of your own.

One of the Motors

The Battery Module

The entire kit is an experience to be had. It measures 22×21 inches in length and width, with a 24.8-inch vertical that has allows the kit to look positively monstrous. The complete gizmo also weighs a staggering 15.4 lbs (or a whopping 7 kilos), so it’s best if you placed it away from overtly curious/enthusiastic pets and children. The set starts at $189.99, although JMBricklayer is offering early backers an 18% discount, bringing the full kit to $158 excluding shipping. Grab yours now and the Steampunk Marble Run ships starting August 2024.

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HILU Bluvet blanket/duvet hybrid feels like you have a personal AC in bed

There are many techniques and strategies going around the Web on how to get a good night’s sleep, but many neglect the most basic requirement of all: comfort. If you’re sweating buckets all through the night, it shouldn’t take a genius to know why you feel even more tired when waking up, presuming you even got any shut-eye at all. Keeping the body cool is critical in getting that good night’s sleep, but that’s easier said than done, especially given how different people respond to environmental factors differently. Some find air conditioning units too cold, while others feel they aren’t enough, and that’s not even considering you might not be the only one in the room sharing the bed. It would be nice if you could envelope yourself with cool air tailored specifically to your body, which is what this simple yet innovative blanket brings to your bed and to your life.

Designer: HILU

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Blankets and comforters are designed to keep you toasty on cold nights but also tend to trap warm or hot air on warm nights. Four times cooler than linen but just as comfortable on your skin, the HILU Bluvet, a portmanteau of “blanket” and “duvet,” actually works in reverse to keep your body temperature down and experience a refreshing and comfortable sleep. This works wonders for your body during warmer seasons or weather, making it feel like you have your own personal air conditioning unit under the sheets.

HILU Bluvet is made of a special cooling yarn blend, revolutionary Adaptex CoolWeev fabric, that wicks away excess body heat, keeping you cool, dry, and fresh all night.

The secret is HILU’s proprietary Adaptex CoolWeev fabric designed to wick heat away from your body. Made from gel-spun fibers, the Eco-cool Polyfibers are woven into yarn to produce a material that is incredibly strong yet also feather-light. While other cooling mattresses need to make you sweat to cool you down, the Bluvet stops you from sweating in the first place by absorbing excess heat from the air around your body. Whether you’re using it as a blanket, a duvet, or even a mattress topper, the HILU Bluvet guarantees a soothing slumber every time.

Of course, a cool body won’t be much help if you’re scratching all night, which is why the Adaptex CoolWeev fabric is designed to be antimicrobial and hypoallergenic to protect your skin from irritation. It also prevents the build-up of bacteria and odors, so you wake up not only feeling fresh but smelling as fresh as when you went to bed. And when the blanket does get dirty, you can safely put it in the washing machine in the morning and have it dry and ready for bedtime on the same day. Built to last and with a 10-year limited warranty, this blanket/duvet hybrid will keep you company and cool for thousands of nights to come.

With the HILU Bluvet, you’re not just investing in comfort; you’re also choosing a cleaner, healthier sleep environment.

HILU Bluvet also lets you sleep with peace of mind thanks to its environment-conscious design. Made with OEKO-TEX-certified materials, the blanket utilizes eco-friendly and recycled materials that help not only reduce waste but also minimize any harmful impact on the environment. The HILU Bluvet comes in cream, blue, and green colors as well as Queen (90in x 90in) and King (102in x 90in) sizes to match your style, but why stop at having a cool body when you can have a cool head as well? Grab a set with two HILU Dual-Tech Pillowcases, with one side utilizing graphene technology to keep a consistent perfect temperature regardless of the season, while the other side features the same Adaptex CoolWeev fabric for that refreshing cool feeling every time.

After introducing the world’s first thermoregulating graphene blanket, HILU is once again revolutionizing the market to offer a cool new blanket that will also keep you cool no matter the season. So stop wasting your nights tossing and turning, drenched in sweat, and wrap yourself in the cool embrace of the HILU Bluvet and get the most comfortable sleep every night.

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RIP Ergonomic Keyboards, the Tetra boasts a Split Wireless Design, with an Elgato-style Display in the center

Remember the watershed moment when Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air for the first time? He walked up on stage with a manila envelope, and opened it to reveal the thinnest laptop ever made. It changed how laptops looked from then on, and when people first saw the stunningly thin MacBook Air, everyone had the same question on their minds – why doesn’t my laptop look like this? The Tetra keyboard does the same thing for other keyboards. When you look at the Tetra for the first time, chances are you’ll have never seen anything quite like it before. It challenges the notion of keyboard design… and for the better. It’s more compact, easier to use, ruthlessly ergonomic, and comes with a world-first touchscreen display built right in. The keyboard splits in half, allowing you to place the parts wherever you want for a more comfortable typing experience… and the display tilts upwards or sits flat, transforming into a dock for widgets, shortcuts, playback controls, or a media center of sorts. Think Keyboard-Meets-Elgato-Stream-Deck.

Designers: Zikang Feng, Jarvie Liu, and Stephen Ng

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Trust the folks at Mobile Pixels to come up with such a unique idea. The company first jumped to prominence with its plug-and-play laptop extending displays (lauded for their compact designs). These displays were targeted at one thing – boosting productivity through multi-display setups. The Tetra keyboard does the same too, in a matter of speaking. The split keyboard comes with its own dedicated screen that can be used as a secondary display or as a control center for apps and shortcuts. While keyboards are a first for Mobile Pixels, the Tetra highlights their bigger goal of enhanced productivity, thanks to a split wireless keyboard design that can be used in a variety of ways for a more comfortable and efficient typing experience.

SPLIT MODE

SPLICE MODE

Split keyboards aren’t new, conceptually. Most researchers noticed that a cramped keyboard, although compact in size, wasn’t great for your wrists and fingers. Over prolonged periods of time, people developed carpal tunnel and ulnar deviation (where your fingers end up deviating sideways) because of the way these keyboards were designed. The split keyboard was created as an ergonomic alternative, increasing the space between your left and right hands while typing, so that they’re in a much more relaxed position. The Tetra takes that concept and builds further on it, turning it wireless, while also introducing a display into the mix.

Use Bluetooth to Connect to Your Device (up to 3 devices with 3 channels).

Position keyboards at shoulder width for ergonomic comfort.

Customize Your Experience

Type Away!

Broadly, the Tetra exists in three pieces – a central display unit, and the two keyboard halves that attach onto either side. Snap them together or use them independently, the Tetra gives you freedom to set your workspace up exactly the way you want. When attached together in a linear format, you’ve got a comfortable split keyboard with a screen in the middle. The screen functions as an extra display, a shortcut center, or perhaps even a trackpad if you want. The keyboards get spaced out on the left and right, allowing you to type comfortably without having your fingers and wrists bend awkwardly. Alternatively, you can snap the keyboard’s halves away from the display, accessing what Mobile Pixels calls the ‘Split Mode’. The keyboards then can sit anywhere on your desk, as can the screen, giving you full ergonomic freedom. If you want a more traditional keyboard experience, just the two keyboard halves can be attached to each other, creating a compact typing device, while the screen exists independently. Dubbed the ‘Stacked Mode’, this lets you opt for something that feels familiar, with the added benefit of a dock-style screen on the side.

Secondary Display

The keyboard comes with a 65% layout, split across its two halves. Scissor switches enable a fair amount of key travel, up to 1.3mm, and a backlight lets you type with ease. The keyboard halves and screen also have an underglow that feels reminiscent of gaming gear. 1200mAh batteries in each half of the keyboard allow it to operate wirelessly for hours if not days, and the central screen remains connected to your machine via a USB-C cable at all times. To charge your keyboard, simply snap them to the screen and pogo pins allow the Tetra to charge all the way through.

The screen is truly where Mobile Pixels’ innovation shines. It’s a little smaller than the ones that Mobile Pixels offers, measuring just 8 inches diagonally – but it’s an IPS LCD display with a 60Hz refresh rate and 300 nits of brightness. The screen stays connected to your machine at all times via cable, and sits on a unique tilting mechanism that lets you either lay it flat or tilt it upwards to face you. Touch sensitivity means you can control the display the way you would a tablet PC of sorts… and the Tetra offers a fair amount of flexibility in terms of how you use said display. You can use it as an extension of your PC or Mac’s shortcut bar, adding your favorite apps to it. Conversely, it also doubles as a media control center for playback, and even transforms into a tiny secondary display for extending or mirroring your screen. Use it to store notes while presenting on a video call. Turn it into a calculator. Allow it to be your dedicated Spotify device. Mobile Pixels created a special interface known as the Tetra Board App that you can use to customize your display. Yes, you can even load functions, tools, macros, and shortcuts, unlocking power-user potential while running apps like Photoshop, Premier, Final Cut, Logic Pro, After Effects, etc.

All this functionality and the Tetra still remains ruthlessly portable. The three components come apart and stack together, allowing them to be carried around with ease. There’s even a soft-fabric case to store your Tetra during travel, allowing you to slide it right into your laptop bag along with your charger and other accessories. I bet your existing ergonomic or split keyboard can’t boast this level of portability. The Tetra starts at $249 and ships globally starting September 2024.

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The Ultimate DIYer Powerhouse: Unveiling the xTool M1 Ultra and Heat Press

The realm of design, creativity, and DIY culture thrives on innovation – on being able to physically keep up with our ideas. Crafters and aspiring entrepreneurs constantly seek tools that empower them to translate their visions into reality. xTool, a company championing this movement, consistently pushes the boundaries of what’s possible. Their latest offerings, the M1 Ultra and the Heat Press, promise to revolutionize the way we approach creative projects, offering a powerful one-two punch for any crafting enthusiast. xTool has established itself as a leader in the laser engraving space. Machines like the S1, and F1 Ultra have garnered a loyal following for their precision and ability to handle diverse materials. However, given the rise of modular multipurpose 3D printers that can also CNC machine and laser cut, xTool decided that it was time to bring modularity to their flagship laser cutter – the M1 Ultra.

Enter the M1 Ultra – a 4-in-1 machine that boasts an impressive array of functionalities. With laser engraving, blade cutting, pen drawing, and inkjet printing at its disposal, the M1 Ultra unlocks immense creative freedom. Imagine meticulously etching intricate patterns onto wood, then adding vibrant pops of color with inkjet printing. To finish it off, personalize your creation with a touch of calligraphy using the pen drawing function. All within the same machine, all within a single workflow.

Designer: xTool

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Beyond its impressive 4-in-1 functionality, the M1 Ultra boasts impressive technical specifications. The 10W or 20W laser diode allows for clean and precise cutting and engraving, while the working area of 11.8 x 11.8 inches (300 x 300 millimeters) accommodates a variety of project sizes. It boasts a revolutionary inkjet printing function too, opening doors to a world of colorful creation. Unlike traditional laser cutters limited to engraving, the M1 Ultra can print vibrant color designs directly onto various materials thanks to an inkjet module that swaps right into the M1 Ultra, replacing the laser diode module. This opens doors for personalizing phone cases, mugs, keychains, and a whole host of other items with custom artwork, logos, or photographs. The ability to print directly onto unconventional materials like wood, clay, and even stone further expands the creative potential of the M1 Ultra.

xTool M1 Ultra The World’s First 4-in-1 Craft Machine

xTool Heat Press Versatile 3-in-1 Heat Press Machine Kit

Laser and Inkjet modes aside, the M1 Ultra also has a Blade mode that lets you swap out the laser diode and CMY head for a blade that can deep-cut into thick materials, rotary cut in any shape or profile, and even help with foiling and debossing. Finally, a pen head lets you mount a pencil or pen into the M1 Ultra, turning it into a sketch-machine that can make ‘hand-drawn’ and ‘hand-written’ graphics with precision and at scale. The modules take under 3 seconds to switch out, letting you essentially go from laser to printing to inking to cutting in one device and in minutes.

The M1 Ultra isn’t just about power; it’s designed for ease of use. The intuitive software ensures a smooth learning curve, and the machine itself is compatible with over 1,000 materials, from wood and fabric to leather and even stone. This broad material compatibility empowers crafters to think beyond single materials and break from the limitations of having machines that only work within constraints. You can now design objects, customize them, and even create the packaging for them within one device.

While the M1 Ultra empowers creators with unparalleled versatility, xTool’s Heat Press acts as the perfect complement. This versatile tool offers multiple configurations, transforming from a handheld unit to a mini press or even a platform press, depending on the project at hand. With a precise temperature control range of 100°C-205°C (212°F-400°F) and rapid heating, the Smart Heat Press is ideal for heat transfer projects like creating custom t-shirts, tote bags, phone cases, and a multitude of other personalized items, all with professional-looking results.

The M1 Ultra starts at $1299.99, while the Heat Press comes in at $299.99. This range caters to a broad spectrum of budgets, making these tools accessible to seasoned crafters and aspiring creators alike. With the M1 Ultra handling the intricate details and the Smart Heat Press adding a professional touch to heat transfer projects, xTool’s offerings streamline the workflow and unlock a world of creative possibilities. The future of crafting is not just versatile, it’s efficient and empowers crafters to bring their visions to life with greater ease than ever before.

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Enhance Your Living Space with Moss Echo’s Eco-Friendly Air Purifier

Embrace the tranquility of nature with Moss Echo, an innovative indoor air purifier that seamlessly integrates natural moss with cutting-edge technology. Perfect for any room, this device enhances air quality while adding a touch of greenery to your home or office. Its sleek design and interactive features bring a slice of nature indoors, promoting relaxation and well-being.

Designer: Yoonsang Kim of Mosslab

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Designed by Yoonsang Kim of Mosslab, Moss Echo was inspired by nature’s tranquility and ever-changing beauty. Amid busy lives, stepping away from the city and into the mountains, fields, and forests reveals nature’s infinite stage. From the dance of shadows and light at dawn to the vibrant colors painted by the sun and the transforming atmosphere at dusk, nature provides an endless symphony of life. The gentle chorus of cicadas, the soft rhythms of the waterside, and the footsteps of wildlife compose an infinite melody. Fireflies light up the forest even in darkness, presenting yet another mesmerizing show. This product encapsulates these experiences, transforming urban and indoor spaces into vibrant sanctuaries of relaxation.

Mosslab aims to bring this diverse spectrum of nature into our daily lives, leading to the development of Moss Echo. Encapsulating nature’s sounds, colors, and vitality transforms urban and indoor spaces into vibrant sanctuaries of relaxation. Share the experience of becoming one with nature with this innovative air purifier.

Beyond aesthetic appeal, Moss Echo significantly improves indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants such as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Having undergone rigorous laboratory testing for Air Purifier Effectiveness Certification for CO₂ and VOC levels, Moss Echo has proven its capability to effectively remove harmful pollutants, ensuring a healthier living environment. Whether in a busy city or serene countryside, this device ensures you breathe cleaner air. The soothing presence of natural moss reduces stress and promotes a calm environment, making it ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and workspaces.

The design of Moss Echo is both functional and stylish, seamlessly blending natural aesthetics with modern technology. Central to its appeal, the living moss purifies the air and adds vibrant greenery, forming a lush, green canvas that contrasts beautifully with the sleek, minimalist frame. Available in sophisticated black or clean white, the device’s frame can be further personalized with interchangeable materials like wood and metal, allowing it to complement a range of interior decors. Its compact form ensures it fits well on desktops, shelves, or any small space without being obtrusive, making it a versatile addition to any room.

Advanced Light Pole Technology supports moss growth by providing optimal lighting and allows for dynamic visual displays on the moss surface. With an integrated infrared sensor, the intelligent spray technology detects hydration, triggering visual and sound responses that enhance the user experience. This feature adds a dynamic and interactive element to the device, making it more than just an air purifier. The interactive display features customizable options, such as nature scenes and a clock, all managed through an intuitive app interface. The attached image also highlights the sleek, modern design, emphasizing its ability to blend seamlessly into various interior settings while serving as a functional decor piece. This balanced lighting and interactive technology ensure the moss remains healthy and vibrant, making Moss Echo a captivating and practical addition to any space.

User-friendly features include a control panel located at the back, designed for ease of use with a rotary knob for switching displays and a one-touch button for power and sleep mode. Clear LED indicators provide feedback on the device’s status, including power, Wi-Fi connection, and watering needs, ensuring users can easily maintain the moss. The electronic components are protected by a moss filter and essential waterproofing, allowing safe interaction with water sprays without damaging the device. The design includes a replaceable moss filter, ensuring longevity and ease of maintenance.

Imagine transforming your home into a sanctuary of natural rejuvenation, where the calming presence of nature heals and revitalizes. Powered by a robust 120 MHz Qualcomm Kalimba DSP, Moss Echo provides crystal-clear audio for music or nature sounds, enhancing your environment with immersive sound quality. Embrace the refreshing benefits of moss in every indoor space. Enjoy cleaner air, a serene atmosphere, and a deeper connection with nature.

Click Here to Buy Now: $179 $299 ($120 off). Hurry, only 18/500 left! Raised over $209,000.

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Enhance Your Living Space with Moss Echo’s Eco-Friendly Air Purifier

Embrace the tranquility of nature with Moss Echo, an innovative indoor air purifier that seamlessly integrates natural moss with cutting-edge technology. Perfect for any room, this device enhances air quality while adding a touch of greenery to your home or office. Its sleek design and interactive features bring a slice of nature indoors, promoting relaxation and well-being.

Designer: Yoonsang Kim of Mosslab

Click Here to Buy Now: $179 $299 ($120 off). Hurry, only 18/500 left! Raised over $209,000.

Designed by Yoonsang Kim of Mosslab, Moss Echo was inspired by nature’s tranquility and ever-changing beauty. Amid busy lives, stepping away from the city and into the mountains, fields, and forests reveals nature’s infinite stage. From the dance of shadows and light at dawn to the vibrant colors painted by the sun and the transforming atmosphere at dusk, nature provides an endless symphony of life. The gentle chorus of cicadas, the soft rhythms of the waterside, and the footsteps of wildlife compose an infinite melody. Fireflies light up the forest even in darkness, presenting yet another mesmerizing show. This product encapsulates these experiences, transforming urban and indoor spaces into vibrant sanctuaries of relaxation.

Mosslab aims to bring this diverse spectrum of nature into our daily lives, leading to the development of Moss Echo. Encapsulating nature’s sounds, colors, and vitality transforms urban and indoor spaces into vibrant sanctuaries of relaxation. Share the experience of becoming one with nature with this innovative air purifier.

Beyond aesthetic appeal, Moss Echo significantly improves indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants such as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Having undergone rigorous laboratory testing for Air Purifier Effectiveness Certification for CO₂ and VOC levels, Moss Echo has proven its capability to effectively remove harmful pollutants, ensuring a healthier living environment. Whether in a busy city or serene countryside, this device ensures you breathe cleaner air. The soothing presence of natural moss reduces stress and promotes a calm environment, making it ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and workspaces.

The design of Moss Echo is both functional and stylish, seamlessly blending natural aesthetics with modern technology. Central to its appeal, the living moss purifies the air and adds vibrant greenery, forming a lush, green canvas that contrasts beautifully with the sleek, minimalist frame. Available in sophisticated black or clean white, the device’s frame can be further personalized with interchangeable materials like wood and metal, allowing it to complement a range of interior decors. Its compact form ensures it fits well on desktops, shelves, or any small space without being obtrusive, making it a versatile addition to any room.

Advanced Light Pole Technology supports moss growth by providing optimal lighting and allows for dynamic visual displays on the moss surface. With an integrated infrared sensor, the intelligent spray technology detects hydration, triggering visual and sound responses that enhance the user experience. This feature adds a dynamic and interactive element to the device, making it more than just an air purifier. The interactive display features customizable options, such as nature scenes and a clock, all managed through an intuitive app interface. The attached image also highlights the sleek, modern design, emphasizing its ability to blend seamlessly into various interior settings while serving as a functional decor piece. This balanced lighting and interactive technology ensure the moss remains healthy and vibrant, making Moss Echo a captivating and practical addition to any space.

User-friendly features include a control panel located at the back, designed for ease of use with a rotary knob for switching displays and a one-touch button for power and sleep mode. Clear LED indicators provide feedback on the device’s status, including power, Wi-Fi connection, and watering needs, ensuring users can easily maintain the moss. The electronic components are protected by a moss filter and essential waterproofing, allowing safe interaction with water sprays without damaging the device. The design includes a replaceable moss filter, ensuring longevity and ease of maintenance.

Imagine transforming your home into a sanctuary of natural rejuvenation, where the calming presence of nature heals and revitalizes. Powered by a robust 120 MHz Qualcomm Kalimba DSP, Moss Echo provides crystal-clear audio for music or nature sounds, enhancing your environment with immersive sound quality. Embrace the refreshing benefits of moss in every indoor space. Enjoy cleaner air, a serene atmosphere, and a deeper connection with nature.

Click Here to Buy Now: $179 $299 ($120 off). Hurry, only 18/500 left! Raised over $209,000.

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This Patio Umbrella has Built-in Fans to help you Cruise through the Summer Heat

Summer warmth can be a blessing and a curse. As the days lengthen, inviting us to parks, beaches, and outdoor gatherings, the sun’s relentless heat can quickly turn a leisurely afternoon into a struggle against sweat and discomfort. That’s when you crave the indoors, with its shade and its fans and modern cooling – but what if you could get shade and fans while outdoors? Say hello to Alizé, a foldable patio umbrella that comes with a set of 4 built-in fans. Designed not just to shelter you but to actively keep you breezy and sweat-free, Alizé is a patio umbrella with a weatherproof design, built-in fans, and even USB ports that let you charge your gadgets. ‘Sunbrella’ fabric keeps the harsh sun out, and a robust aluminum frame and wide span lets Alizé host up to 4 people at a time, bringing the comfort of the indoors to the fresh vibrancy of the outdoors.

Designers: Tony Lee and Ryan Dickerson

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What really stands out with Alizé is that it’s a clever idea executed in a totally new way. At first glance, it looks like a high-end patio umbrella with a slick, foldable, weatherproof design. Open it using the pulley system and you’re greeted with a control panel on the main stem that connects to a set of fans integrated into the umbrella’s structural frame. Press a button on the control panel and the fans begin to spin, generating a steady breeze directed at the perfect downward angle keeping everyone cool throughout the hot summer days, windless mornings, or humid evenings. The fans move a lot of air thanks to powerful brushless DC motors, – quite similar to the ones found in drones. When deployed, the system transforms the Alizé into a personal air conditioner, generating a breeze from fan blades that can turn at speeds up to 2200 RPM. The blades have been custom-designed to limit turbulence for quiet operation and each is individually controlled by the person sitting directly under it for a truly personalized experience that no outdoor fan has been able to achieve before. At the heart of the design is an ingenious electro-mechanical locking system that ensures the fan’s blades line up perfectly with the frame so you can shut the umbrella without manually making sure everything is aligned. Advanced safety features prevent the fans from operating when the umbrella is closed as well as automatically turn off and lock the blades if the umbrella is accidentally closed with the fans still spinning.

The umbrella offers a choice between 2 or 4 fans, depending on how many people will sit under it. The smaller parasol comfortably seats two people, while the larger, with 4 fans, lets up to four people lounge in the shade. Three speed settings on the control panel let you easily adjust the fans’ intensity, and if that wasn’t impressive enough, multiple USB-A ports let you plug your gadgets into the Alizé too, so you can charge your phones, earbuds, or Bluetooth speakers. Suffice it to say that the umbrella directly connects to a power source given its fixed design, eliminating the need for batteries.

Moving onto the umbrella itself, the Alizé comes with a robust marine-grade construction that can take on any weather – be it harsh sun or strong winds. The canopy is constructed from Sunbrella fabric, a premium material renowned for its durability, UV protection, and resistance to fading. This ensures the umbrella provides ample shade while withstanding the harsh summer sun. The frame is crafted from rust-resistant aluminum, offering a lightweight yet sturdy structure that can handle unexpected gusts or sudden downpours.

Beyond its innovative cooling technology, the Alizé Umbrella prioritizes user convenience. The setup process is designed to be quick and effortless, with an external pulley that allows you to bask in a cool shade under its canopy within minutes. User-friendly controls with adjustable fan settings empower you to personalize the airflow for optimal comfort. No more struggling with clunky buttons or confusing dials – the Alizé is designed for intuitive operation. Each Alizé comes in a choice between 3 models, with an ability to further customize the fabric color, or the finish on the fan’s frame, choosing between polished metal or a faux wood finish for that rustic cabana aesthetic.

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SwitchLens Pro Camera System turns any Smartphone into a Photography Powerhouse

Smartphone cameras have come a long way and have become quite capable tools in preserving memorable moments for posterity. There is, however, still a very good reason why they haven’t completely overthrown pro cameras. You can only squeeze so much hardware into a slim smartphone, and you can’t really have large lenses or even a lens mount bulging out from the back of the phone. There are admittedly a few accessories that try to bring some of that interchangeable lens experience but usually limit themselves to small lenses made just for smartphones. Bringing a true “pro camera” experience to mobile requires taking a few cues from pro cameras themselves, and that is exactly what the SwitchLens does to level up your mobile photography game.

Designer: sneaki design

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SwitchLens is a complete pro camera system that not only takes the lessons learned from digital cameras but even the technologies employed there. In particular, it embraces the popular micro four thirds or MFT system that leverages large sensors and interchangeable lenses to create highly detailed and breathtaking shots. The large 20.75MP 1.33-inch CMOS sensor that SwitchLens uses is unmatched by even flagship phones, which means it can take in more light and record more details just with the hardware alone, no post-processing or AI touch-up required.

And just like the MFT used in compact digital cameras, you can also swap out lenses to get the best shot out of a scene, whether that’s a 25mm f1.8 portrait lens for closeups or a 12mm f2.8 wide-angle lens for sweeping panoramic shots. What makes the SwitchLens system even more impressive is that it can actually support MFT lenses from Panasonic or Olympus that you might have lying around. You are no longer limited to what the manufacturer provides, and you are definitely not limited to tiny lenses that compromise on performance in return for their pretty sizes.

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Unlike other such accessories, SwitchLens is a powerful device that can function even when detached from the back of your phone. Using a stable and fast Wi-Fi connection, you can control SwitchLens remotely for more difficult shots, or magnetically stick it to the back of your iPhone or Android phone to recreate the experience of using a digital camera but with a much larger and clearer viewfinder. From selfies at extremely low angles to macro photography, SwitchLens gives you the flexibility to take a shot in the most comfortable and most convenient way.

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The pro camera experience doesn’t end there. SwitchLens’s Peaking Focus assistance feature easily marks out which objects are in focus with vibrant, eye-catching colors to ensure sharp and in-focus images every time. With support for microSD cards up to 1.5TB in capacity, you have nearly limitless room for taking thousands of RAW photos and recording 4K 30fps videos without filling up your phone storage. With the SwitchLens MFT modular camera system, your phone is no longer a stumbling block for a pro photography experience and becomes the launch pad for taking stunning photos and videos like a pro.

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