Handmade Candy Factory

Handmade Candy Factory

Popular Mechanics presents the best kind of factory video – one without narration or commentary. This clip will get your sweet tooth buzzing as workers at Hammond’s Candies plant make candy canes, marshmallows, and other goodies the old-fashioned way. The Denver-based company has been creating sweet treats since 1920.

Rainger FX Minibar Stomp Pedal

Rainger FX Minibar Stomp Pedal

This unusual guitar effects pedal changes its sound based on whatever liquid you pour into it. Unscrew the watertight lid, pour in the beverage of your choice, and the conductive properties of said liquid will influence signal gain, while its opacity affects the equalization of the sound. Demo video here. (Thanks Mike!)

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A Bird’s Eye View of Hawaii

A Bird’s Eye View of Hawaii

FPV drone pilot Nicolas Gaillard was invited to Oahu by Beautiful Destinations to capture aerial footage of some of Hawaii’s most spectacular sights. We think he did a masterful job zooming around the skies and shooting amazing imagery of the island’s natural splendor.

First Tracks in Japan

First Tracks in Japan

MTB master Brandon Semenuk takes us on a thrilling ride through the woods of Hakuba Valley, Japan in this clip from Red Bull and Revel Co.’s Light Speed. Watch in awe as Semenuk pulls some epic powerslides, flips, and tricks, as the beautiful and exotic scenery rushes by.

DIY NeoPixel Infinity Mirror

DIY NeoPixel Infinity Mirror

Adafruit Industries produces some really nifty components for making electronic gadgets. In this video, they show how their NeoPixel LED strips can be used with a one-way mirrored sheet, acrylic, and some 3D-printed bits to make an infinity mirror you can toss in your pocket. Build details and parts list here, and the source code is here.

Dispatches from Elsewhere (Trailer)

Dispatches from Elsewhere (Trailer)

Jason Segel, Sally Field, André Benjamin, Eve Lindley, and Richard E. Grant star in this fantasy-drama about about a group of strangers who end up teaming up to unravel a mystery, and who end up discovering much about themselves along their journey. Premieres 3/1/20 on AMC.

Creative Camera Gimbal Shots

Creative Camera Gimbal Shots

Motorized gimbals are designed to give cameras the steadiest video shots possible. But as the minds at photography channel COOPH point out, they can also be used as a creative tool for capturing some truly unique perspectives – from the whimsical to the sublime.

Maratac Dyneema Card Wallet

Maratac Dyneema Card Wallet

CountyComm’s limited-edition credit card holder is made from four layers of Dyneema, a super strong honeycomb matrix used for sailcloth. It’s got a cool see-through look, and pockets on both sides for cards. Holds up to 12 cards and 10 bills.

Joerg Sprave’s Archery Extreme

Joerg Sprave’s Archery Extreme

There’s nothing quite as joyous as the grin on Joerg Sprave’s face and his manaical laugh when he fires up one of his over-the-top homebrew weapons. In this clip, he shows off a few of his creations, a couple of commercially-available crossbows, and the real reason you came here, an insane drill-powered machine bow at 7:15.

Shadow Foam Tool Wall

Shadow Foam Tool Wall

There are lots of ways to keep tools organized, but there’s something very satisfying about custom-cut foam dividers that hold tools perfectly in place. The guys at Shadow Foam make that kind of dense foam, and recently used a huge sheet of it to create an epic wall for mounting and organizing all their Makita power tools.

Nanobook 2.0 Titanium Notebooks

Nanobook 2.0 Titanium Notebooks

These small notebooks are designed to be virtually indestructible. They have a grade 5 titanium cover, and their pages are made from stone and calcium carbonate, which makes them waterproof, fire-resistant, grease-proof, and generally everything-proof. Available in 2″ x 3″ and 3″ x 5″ sizes, with paper refills available.

Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

This Japanese kei car has supercar looks, but the Autozam AZ-1 wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. Donut Media takes some time up close and personal with this awesome little lightweight that Mazda made from 1992-1995. Like a real exotic, it’s got a mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged engine, gullwing doors, and zero cargo space.

Lumintop FW3A Flashlight

Lumintop FW3A Flashlight

This pocket flashlight from Lumintop may be small, but it’s mighty. Its triple Cree XPL-HI LED can kick out up to 2800 lumens when used with an 18650 battery. Its case is made from military-grade anodized aluminum, and it’s been sealed to IP68 waterproof standards. Measures 92.5mm (3.64″) long, and weighs just 53g (1.87 oz.)

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R/C Car Active Suspension

R/C Car Active Suspension

Dimitar Tilev shows off a truly awesome R/C car build. This scale replica of a vintage Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 wagon packs an Arduino-controlled active suspension which can raise and lower, along with a rear-wheel drivetrain that makes it especially adept at drifting. We love the engine noises and light-up tailpipes.

Best Automatic Watches 2020

Best Automatic Watches 2020

Unless you’re on perpetual vacation, everyone eventually needs to know the time. And you should have a reliable timepiece if you plan on showing up on time. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked the best self-powered men’s watches that never need batteries. We’re fans of the clean looking Maratac titanium field watch.

LEGO Ideas Giant Minifig

LEGO Ideas Giant Minifig

The iconic LEGO minifig gets maxi-sized by designer Seb_E, who came up with 11″ tall sculpture made from regular-size LEGO bricks. The concept design includes interchangeable faces and t-shirts, and articulated hands, arms, and legs. The jumbo size meta-bricks are a nice touch too. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.

Famous Vocoder Songs

Famous Vocoder Songs

From Earth, Wind, and Fire to Kraftwerk to ELO, the vocoder has been part of some of the most famous dance, disco, and electronic tracks ever. Musician Doctor Mix shows off his vocoder skills along with his nifty Behringer VC340, a modern day synthesizer that replicates the analog sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.

Magnetic Disassembly Zen

Magnetic Disassembly Zen

Despite their YouTube channel’s name, The Philadelphia Robot Factory has significantly more magnets than robots. In this highly satisfying video, they disassemble a hefty hexagonal structure they made from 50,000 individual magnetic spheres, layer by layer. Now enjoy the same in reverse.

NIXT IV-17 VFD Clock

NIXT IV-17 VFD Clock

This retro-modern digital clock from NIXT uses old school vacuum fluorescent tubes to display the time, date, and day of week. It comes with eight real VFD tubes, along with colorful LED underlighting. It’s also got GPS-based time sync, alarm, and temperature functions.

Nextool TaoBar

Nextool TaoBar

This mini multitool is designed to make quick work of opening boxes, cutting rope, strapping, and other light-duty tasks. Its hook-shaped 2Cr13 steel blade end protects package contents, while its other half packs a mini pry bar, a flathead screwdriver, and a bottle opener. Sold in a two-pack.

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Negative Harmony Covers

Negative Harmony Covers

Musician Steve Cruickshank likes to take classic songs and change them up a bit by replacing the original harmonies with their mirror image. The resulting music is at once familiar and pleasant to the ear, but also completely different from what we’re used to. Let’s kick the playlist off with his version of The Sound of Silence.

Fury Bros. Tiki Torchettes

Fury Bros. Tiki Torchettes

The tiki candle collection from Fury Bros. tips its sunhat to tropical cocktails. Hand-poured in the USA using soy wax and natural oils, they come in four scents: Mondo Mango Daiquiri, Pele’s Punch, Polynesian Painkiller, and Flamin’ Zombie. After their 70-hour burn, the ceramic tiki mugs are perfect for liquid libations.

Making an Animatronic Elmo

Making an Animatronic Elmo

James Bruton is always making cool and amazing things. His latest build is a version of Tickle-Me Elmo that can actually move and walk around thanks to an array of nine servo motors and a wheeled robot that pushes it along. The design was inspired by that creepy teddy bear in the Spielberg movie A.I. Part one here.

Jelly Comb Foldable Keyboard

Jelly Comb Foldable Keyboard

This portable Bluetooth gadget folds down small enough to toss in your backpack or other small bag, yet offers a full-function QWERTY keyboard when opened up. It also works in USB mode, and has a built-in touchpad, though that’s only compatible with Windows and Android devices. Measures 5.98″w x 3.82″d x 0.71″h folded.

The Dinner Feeder

The Dinner Feeder

It might spill a little food along the way, but Joseph’s Machines‘ ridiculous Rube Goldberg contraption does ultimately perform the task it’s intended for, feeding him a tasty meal of peas, potatoes, asparagus, and chicken, along with a cupcake and a nice cup of coffee, all without getting up from his desk.

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