Marvelous Media Engine created this awesome animated music box based on the Catbus from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro. What’s even more impressive about this is that it’s all CGI, using Blender3D and other CG animation software to pull off the photorealistic look of the zoetrope.
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Inspired by the bumpy lunar surface, this analog-digital watch is one of the boldest G-SHOCKs we’ve seen in a while. Its forged bezel, vapor-deposited dial, metal band ring, and buckle are all gold ion-plated, and its caseback has an engraved moon design. We only wish the rocket packaging was available in the U.S.
IKEA is now making home accessories using a 3D printing technique known as selective laser sintering. The collection includes wireframe models of heads and hands, which can be hung on the wall or placed on a tabletop. They’re currently only available from IKEA Germany, but we hope to see them elsewhere soon.
Everyday Carry looks back at the past year for the ten most popular tools, knives, flashlights, and gadgets, based on reader interest. Among them are the Leatherman FREE T4 multitool, the CRK Pilar knife, and the Nitecore TIP SE flashlight, all of which would make great additions to any pocket tool collection.
This pocket knife accepts standard utility blades, so it never needs sharpening and is great for opening boxes, cutting cardboard, and getting through plastic packaging. It’s made from stainless steel, has a pocket clip, and features a liner lock mechanism for safety. They also make a lite version with a skeletonized handle.
Icemule’s waterproof cooler backpack has a 33-liter capacity – enough space for up to 24 cans plus ice to keep them cool. PolarLayer insulation foam helps keep ice solid for 24 hours or more, while a valve lets air in for increased insulating as well as buoyancy so it can float.
StatGear’s SKRAWL pen features a lightweight aluminum case with a tapered, ergonomic design. It has a bolt-action mechanism and a carbide-tip window breaker tool on its tail end. It comes with a Schmidt 4889 pressurized cartridge that can even be used to write while inverted.
Vocalist Matthew Van Ness has impressed us with his orchestral vocal covers of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park themes. This time, he did something a little different, but similarly entertaining by turning 100 copies of his voice into the choir from the familiar opening theme from Halo video game series.
Looking for a real challenge? Look no further than illustrator Tim Jeffs‘ coloring books, each of which includes highly-detailed greyscale animal images, with lots of tight spaces for you to embellish. Each book has 25 images, printed on high quality paper and a lay-flat binding. Jeffs also offers coloring lessons in his Etsy shop.
Artist Ross McSweeney created this beautiful work of moving sculpture, which uses a series of cams to create a wave-like action. A tiny boat rocks back and forth as a wooden ocean moves below, and fish dive in and out of the waves. We also love his caterpillar marble machine.
This intricate wooden sculpture offers a wonderful way to pass the time, first by assembling its 180+ laser-cut pieces to form its structure, then by guiding a marble through its 3D maze. In all, there are over 150 obstacles to navigate inside of its acrylic cube. Includes everything you need – no tools or glue required.
A drill press is a large piece of workshop equipment mounted to a heavy base to provide a steady work surface for drilling through objects. Hands on Table thought it might be fun to make a miniature replica of a drill press and did an outstanding job building the tiny, working tool from scrap metal and some old motorcycle parts.
The Curl takes much of what users love about Leatherman’s Wave multitool, and makes it more affordable. Packed with 15 useful tools, including needlenose and regular pliers, spring-loaded scissors, a bit driver, and a one-hand-deploy knife. It’s also got wire cutters/strippers, bottle and can openers, a file, and an awl.
The nature photographers at John Downer Productions are known for infiltrating animal communities by packing cameras into lifelike robots. In this clip from Spy in the Wild 2, one of their robots crab-walked with thousands of real-life crustaceans and played a crab version of Frogger crossing the roads on Christmas Island.
This unique motorcycle-shaped decanter is handmade in Hungary by blowing and bending borosilicate Pyrex glass, using similar techniques to laboratory glassware. It measures 14″ long and holds 500 ml of spirits. We also dig UNI-G’s construction excavator decanter. Sale price available through 1.17.22 on Touch of Modern.
Today, the Las Vegas Strip is an ever-changing landscape of mega-resorts. This footage from the Kino Library gives us a glimpse at the Strip as it appeared in 1975. While Caesars and the Flamingo live on, most other properties on display have since been bulldozed. Though you can still find their signs at The Neon Museum.
Argali’s unique belt is ideal for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor adventures. It’s not only comfortable, but it can sharpen knives, broadheads, and fishing hooks. It incorporates a 6″ vegetable-tanned leather strop, tungsten carbide sharpening bar, and an 800-grit diamond plate along the back of its buckle.
It’s tricky enough for a cameraperson to keep their lens aimed at the right player during a fast-moving game like basketball. But this pro goes above and beyond the call, not only focusing on the action between the players but zooming in on the ball at precisely the right moment and then right back into the game.
This lightweight technical jacket keeps you comfortable no matter the weather. Its breathable graphene-infused fabric regulates temperature and resists bacteria, while three heating elements add warmth on chilly days. It’s water- and wind-resistant and machine washable. Ten pockets provide plenty of space.
Oleg Berg’s YouTube channel is packed with popular songs electronically reworked into a minor or major key. This version of the crowd favorite Neil Diamond track Sweet Caroline has a decidedly more foreboding sound to it than the original, and as one observant commenter pointed out, it could be the theme to a James Bond movie.
Jet Bent-Lee’s father, Iron Chef Susur Lee is back to upgrade another fast food meal. This time, he transformed a chicken bowl, chips, and salsa into a beautiful looking savory pie inspired by French and Mexican cuisine. He also made some colorful horchata from the rice blended with spices and prickly pear juice.
Lazer Lizard Designs makes these unique drink coasters inspired by honey bees and their hives. Each coaster is crafted from laser-cut wood filled with a smooth epoxy resin that looks like honey. The price shown here is for a set of four with a matching holder, but they also sell them in other quantities.
No one’s gonna take me alive. The talented musicians of Mariachi Entertainment System took on quite the challenge. With the help of a little tequila, they performed this awesomely unexpected cover of the Muse track Knights of Cydonia, which always felt like a post-modern soundtrack for a Spaghetti western.
These connect-the-dot puzzle books are much more challenging than most, with each design made from an average of 1,000 dots. The first book’s 30 images include the Statue of Liberty, an Egyptian Pharoah, and a Day of the Dead sugar skull. There’s also an Ultimate Dot-to-Dot Animals edition.