Cognitive Surplus offers all kinds of great gifts for lovers of science, engineering, nature, and the world around us. We love their festive flasks which feature detailed illustrations with a tactile feel. They’re made from stainless steel with a wide mouth opening, and hold up to 18oz of hot or cold beverages.
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O3D’s modular storage drawers remind us that hexagons are the bestagons. They’re perfect for organizing small hardware and electronic parts. Modules include two types of drawers, which can be customized by sliding together sections. They’re sold as a set of digital files for 3D printing, and also come in a square design.
NFTs are all the rage these days. This bundle of online courses will not only help you learn about non-fungible tokens, how they work, and how to buy and sell them, but also how to create your own. You’ll also learn how to buy, stake, lend, and trade cryptocurrencies. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.
LEGO builder marian519 built this mechanical contraption inspired by a vintage mechanical clockwork. As its crank is turned, it demonstrates the rotational relationships between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. The instructions and parts list for the 2305-piece, 70-gear model are available for purchase on Rebrickable.
We’ve always wanted a proper cockpit for playing racing sim games, but most of the ones you can buy aren’t exactly living-room friendly. Maker Chris Salamone built this elegant sit-down racing rig from wood, and it looks like an expensive piece of modern furniture that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
Modustrial Maker shows off how he built a sweet coffee table from concrete, wood, epoxy resin, and LED strips. The design is inspired by the lighting patterns found inside of the Death Star. Unlike the pure white lights of the movies, these ones can change colors to the beat of the music.
Watch an artist make this incredibly precise model of a Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa motorcycle entirely out of paper and glue. Every tiny detail is there, from the engine to the dashboard gauges to the drive chain. It’s just one of several intricate papercraft models you can find on the Paper Modelling YouTube channel.
BMW turned up at CES 2022 with a uniquely eyecatching version of its all-electric iX crossover wrapped in E Ink panels, the same display material used in e-readers. The technology allows the vehicle to change from black to white and shades of grey as it transitions. The video explains how they created it.
FPV drone pilot Tony Catapano aka Tonnoz takes us on a flight through the twisty and turny art installation known as Tiger and Turtle. Located in Duisburg, Germany, the interactive sculpture allows visitors to walk along its undulating staircase like a human rollercoaster. It’s especially awesome lit up at night.
(PG-13) With films like A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, and The Shining to his credit, Stanley Kubrick was one of the greatest film directors to ever walk the earth. TheGaroStudios celebrates Kubrick’s mastery of visual and auditory storytelling through a montage of iconic scenes and monologues.
If you dare to summon spirits and demons at your dining table, you might as well do it the right way. Denver artist Matt Verges makes this fantastic ash wood Ouija board with an ominous laser-carved three-eyed goat at its center. The set includes a matching planchette (pointer) to guide your otherworldly conversations.
Let’s face it. You never want to get stuck in the face with an arrow. Blacksmith Alec Steele replicated the Bradmore Extraction Tool, a medieval device that was used to remove an arrow from 16-year-old Prince Henry’s skull back in the 15th century. As awful as it sounds, it saved the future King Henry V’s life.
This commercial by Dorian & Daniel uses incredible miniature scenery to deliver a powerful message about humanity’s impact on the environment, and how we’re the only ones who can change it. The promotional spot is for Erste Sparkasse, the first bank to join the EU Green Consumption Pledge.
Goldthread takes us inside a factory that makes special good fortune candies, each of which has a meaningful Chinese character in its center. Using soybean, black sesame, and maltose, their artisans handmake each rope of candy by stacking contrasting layers then stretching them smaller and smaller to reveal the letters.
An essential reference guide for setting up your own blacksmith workshop and working with metal. The first half of author Nicholas Wicks’ book covers shop safety, equipment, and techniques, while the second half offers 55 simple projects like tools, hardware, utensils, and decorative objects you can create.
Artist DP Truong previously showed us how he uses a compass to draw black and white portraits. Now he’s taken that idea to another level by drawing and erasing six Marvel characters in the same spot on the same sheet of paper. The time-lapse footage is as magical as the drawings themselves.
Matt Pritchard’s trick chess set took home first prize in the 2021 Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Using a mirror and an anamorphic camouflage shield, the moving white queen only appears in the mirrored image. Gizmodo compiled more of the year’s best illusions here.
Artist PaulDeGraaf aka PaperPaul creates awesome pop-up cards based on memes. Among our favorites are Leonardo DiCaprio laughing, Disappearing Homer, and of course Shut up and take my money! Most of them aren’t available for sale, other than the Dumpster fire and an upcoming This Is Fine collab.
We have fond childhood memories of playing one of those tabletop hockey games and trying to smash the puck into our friend’s goal. Maker Sean Yan Muk of SeansCrafts decided to build himself a version of the classic game using cardboard, curtain rods, popsicle sticks, springs, and toy soldiers.
We throw out a whole lot of plastic, and very little of it gets recycled. Brothers Make shows us how they used ordinary kitchen appliances to melt milk bottle caps and other plastic bits to create a colorful and functional cutting board. They say the HDPE plastic they used is food-safe.
Modern umbrellas are mass-produced from synthetic fabric and a metal frame. On the other hand, Wagasa umbrellas are painstakingly handmade from bamboo, string, tapioca glue, washi paper, and linseed oil. Business Insider visited artist Kotaro Nishibori to see how he carries this beautiful Japanese tradition.
Synthesizer maker Teenage Engineering applies their stripped-down aesthetic to a small form factor PC case. The orange sheet metal kit comes flat-packed for easy assembly and has room for a mini-ITX motherboard, an SFX power supply, and a dual-slot GPU up to 180 mm. Computer components not included.
OUROBOROS ARQ loves to make miniature models of buildings and other structures using realistic construction materials. In this video, they show us how they built a modern multi-level house with concrete walls, brick details, a wooden staircase, and built-in lighting.