Some nice folks from Black & Decker stopped by the WOOD shop to show us some of their latest tools. One of these was the Gyro, a compact 4-volt lithium-ion screwdriver. It’s eyebrow-raising feature: motion control.
If you’re thinking of the Nintendo Wii video game system, you’re on the right track. Squeeze the grip of the palm-sized driver, then tilt it in the direction you want to turn the screw. Click here for a video that does it far more justice than my description.
Also on the bench was the new Matrix Quick Connect System, a modular tool system. Starter kits come with a base power system (in 12- or 20-volt lithium-ion versions or a 4-amp corded version) and a drill/driver head. Additional attachments, ranging in price from $29-$39, include an impact driver attachment, oscillating multi-tool attachment, jigsaw attachment, detail sander attachment, router attachment, and circular/trim saw attachment. Each attachment is internally geared to provide the proper speed for the tool.
Both the Gyro and the Matrix system will be available October 2012.
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