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MADE HERE: 5 awesome innovative gadgets made in the U.S.A.

by Sean Ludwig, courtesy VentureBeat, edits by TiA Staff

It’s the fourth of July, a day for fireworks, barbecue, and all things  American. So here at VentureBeat we’ve decided to get in the mood by  spotlighting some great homegrown American gadgets and products.

Despite much manufacturing being performed in other parts of the world, many  gadgets and appliances are still made in the United States. Tech companies like Apple  and Google have even done some recent flag-waving and promised to bring some  manufacturing back to the good ol’ U.S.A.

Check out five of our favorite American gadgets (and one bonus) below.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

1. Tesla Motors’ Model S

Many cars are made right here in the United States, with Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Jeep all represented. Even some foreign brands make models in plants here, including Honda, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz.

But one American carmaker really stands out for pushing innovation above all  else, and that’s Tesla  Motors. The Elon Musk-founded startup makes Model S  electric cars and while these vehicles are quite  expensive at more than $80,000, the prices are getting better over time. Musk  has even teased that a $30,000 vehicle is potentially in the  cards.

Tesla is also making gains when it comes to electric car tech in general. The  company recently showed off battery swapping technology during an on-stage  demo. During the demo, the company showed it only takes 90 seconds to swap a  Tesla battery, which is faster than getting a full tank of gas.

MakerBot Replicator 2

MakerBot Replicator 2

2. MakerBot Replicator

3D printing is hot as BBQ spit and MakerBot  knows. The New York City-based startup recently agreed to be acquired by much-larger 3D printing business  Stratasys in a deal worth $600 million.

One exceptionally cool thing about MakerBot (besides the cash it is swimming  in now) is that all of its 3D printers, including its flagship Replicator  (above), is “assembled and tested by skilled labor” in a factory in  Brooklyn.

Apple's latest Mac Pro

Apple’s latest Mac Pro

3. Apple’s new Mac Pro

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last December that some Mac computer production  would begin in 2013. And it later turned out Apple plans to start making its awesome-looking new Mac Pro machines there.

The new Mac Pro has a sleek cylinder shape and features a  lot of power under the hood, including Intel’s new up-to-12-core Xeon chips,  faster Flash memory, Thunderbolt 2 connectors for 20 Gbps throughput, and dual  AMD FirePro graphics cards.

“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!” Apple VP of marketing Phil Schiller said in  June’s WWDC conference in June after showing the new Mac Pro.

Blendtec's professional series blender

Blendtec’s professional series blender

4. Blendtec’s crazy blenders

Blendtec might be best known for its  insane “Will it Blend?” videos, where the company’s founder  puts things like iPhones and iPads into a blender and destroys them.

But the Orem, Utah company makes fancy (and expensive) blenders and does so in the United  States. Blendtec has also made recent efforts to manufacture parts for its blenders in  the U.S. as well.

K'nex Cosmic Twist Coaster set

K’nex Cosmic Twist Coaster set

5. K’NEX

I don’t know about you, but I fondly remember building structures out of K’nex parts during my childhood.  Hatfield, Penn.-based K’nex designs and manufactures bricks, rods, and  connectors that can pieced together to make all kinds of crazy things. The  company prides itself on its products being sourced and made in the  United States. The K’nex company also makes Lincoln Logs, another childhood  staple.

An ad for Motorola's upcoming smartphone made in the U.S.

An ad for Motorola’s upcoming smartphone made in the  U.S.

Bonus: Motorola’s crazy Moto X smartphone

While this gadget hasn’t been released or shown yet, it’s still a fascinating  development on the smartphone front. Motorola, which is owned by Google, has  said its new Moto X phone will be “designed, engineered, and assembled” in the  U.S. It also claims the Moto X will be the “first smartphone you can design yourself.”

We don’t believe the Moto X will be revolutionary on the design front, but it  appears Motorola will at least let consumers customize the smartphone’s colors (both the  rear color and side trim) on its website. We also believe it might offer an  engraving option for further customization.

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