The Build-A-Cade is a 1:6-scale arcade cabinet that works with your own Raspberry Pi 3 or 4 board. It has a tiny metal joystick and three buttons, plus 5-button joystick, trackball, and spinner control options. Its rear has an SD card slot, USB ports, and an HDMI port, while its coin door has a hidden headphone jack.
It’s been 38 years since Miami Vice hit the airwaves. The NBC cop drama influenced and reflected 1980s fashion, music, and pop culture. It also featured performances from dozens of celebrities who would go on to bigger things. This compilation showcases 55 stars who appeared on the show between 1984 and 1989.
Most rubber band guns require manual reloading between shots. But Nagy Big designed a 3D-printed toy gun that can fire multiple rubber bands in sequence thanks to its spring-loaded mechanism and multi-band clip. If you want one for yourself, you can download the STL files on Printables.
The NERF Ultra Speed blaster fires up to seven darts per second, barraging your opponents with foam projectiles. The fully-motorized blaster comes with two 12-dart magazines and 24 AccuStrike Ultra darts. A built-in drop-grip helps with stability and accuracy, and a top handle lets you carry it briefcase-style.
Mountain biker Sam Pilgrim took the five-wheeled Street Surfer for a ride on a variety of urban freeriding locations, including skateparks, stairs, and a pump track. The unusual bike has four small wheels in place of a single front wheel and both front and rear suspension. It’s all about the lean.
The Halo Infinite Forge lets fans build their own custom game environments. YouTuber Red Nomster spent countless hours using the modding tool to built a level based on Andy’s Room from Toy Story. Not only does it look incredible, but the object scaling makes players feel like they’re the size of an action figure.
A while back, LEGO expert Akiyuki showed off a series of mechanisms called mangle racks. Now they’re back with a much more complicated build based on the same principles. This fascinating clock uses a mangle rack to gradually spin its hands around the dial. A time-lapse at the end shows how remarkably accurate it is.
Even the slightest breeze or unsteady hand will cause a house of cards to topple. Tian Rui remains undaunted. Using a stacked card technique, he built a 27-level tower in under an hour, setting a Guinness World Record. It’s nowhere near the tallest house of cards ever, which measured 25 feet tall, but Bryan Berg built that with no time limit.
This special edition of Monopoly features a see-through game board made of tempered glass. It’s outlined in gold foil and sits atop a dark wooden frame to elevate it off your tabletop. It includes gold-plated game tokens, real wooden houses and hotels, and artfully-designed cards and currency.
Looking for some weekend ear candy? Put on your headphones and crank it up the volume to 11 for Marcin Patrzalek’s excellent acoustic cover of Eurythmics 1983 hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), with a nod to Marilyn Manson’s dark and creepy 1995 version.
Rugrats fans will recognize this green monster as Reptar, the goofy Godzilla from the long-running Nickelodeon series. Super7’s 16″ tall, 13″ long vinyl figure has a poseable head, arms, legs, and tail, and is ready to stand watch over your own rugrats. Also, we’ve got that Reptar cereal song stuck in our head now.
Richard Rey aka Office Drummer, has a unique skill. He accepts song requests, then live streams an improvised drum beat regardless of whether or not he’s played it before. His performances include Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic, Outkast’s Hey Ya!, Green Day’s Brain Stew/Jaded, and MGMT’s Electric Feel.
Places… numbers… the future… all of these things seem limitless, but are they? This documentary explores the nature of infinity through interviews with prominent mathematicians, physicists, and cosmologists. Is the universe genuinely boundless, or is that just human wishful thinking? Drops 9.26.22 on Netflix.
Hailing from Hyvinkää, Finland, Taija Taika is a magician and an expert soap bubble artist. If we knew that could be a profession, we might have chosen a different career path. Here, she shows off her unique skill by blowing a smoke-filled bubble, then using a bubble wand to bounce it like a tennis racket.
Charlie Hunnam stars in this Apple TV+ series about a man who tries to flee his past by moving to India and reinventing himself as a doctor. But he can’t escape his nature and finds himself pulled into Bombay’s underworld. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts. We want to call it “Slums of Anarchy.”
Capcom’s squad-based shooter Exoprimal drops players into a crazy world where dinosaurs have started to replicate by the millions across the planet. You’ll suit up in a state-of-the-art Exosuit to battle the horde and teams of opposing players. Coming to consoles and PC in 2023.
MPC is printing just 375 decks of these very special fluorescent playing cards. Each card’s front, back, and edge is printed with special ink, which glows brightly under UV light. They come in peach, bubble gum, and pumpkin color schemes, each with a fluorescent tuck box. They’re great for cardistry or card games under black light.
This amazing book is loaded with more than 100 cross-sections of vehicles and spaceships from the Star Wars universe. Each image features call-outs detailing the inner workings of the vehicles from every Star Wars feature film. Highlights include Boba Fett’s Slave I, Vader’s TIE Advanced X1, and a Republic Gunship.
This hand-powered flashlight won’t ever leave you in the dark, even if its battery runs out. The Fenix E-Star is the perfect addition to your emergency kit, outputting up to a 100-lumen beam with the squeeze of your hand. Pumping its handle loads up its supercapacitor, providing about 2 minutes of light for 20 seconds of input.
Mashup maker Bill McClintock combined tracks from two bands at opposite ends of the musical spectrum: Steely Dan and Mötley Crüe. The result is a delicious blend of jazz, rock, and heavy metal. Listen closely, and you might hear some Ted Nugent and Van Halen too.
(PG-13: Nudity, Language) Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, and Jean Smart star in this epic film about characters living it up in 1920s Los Angeles, where decadence, deviance, and drama rule the early days of Hollywood. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land). In theaters 12.25.2022.
If you visit Normandy, France, 60 euros will give you the chance to float off the ground strapped to your own personal blimp. Each blimp is filled with about 70,000 liters of helium and has a harness and wings for controlling flight. Tom Scott visited Aéroplume Écausseville to take the low-altitude flight inside of an aircraft hangar.
This fascinating machine uses gravity to draw smooth spiral images known as Lissajous curves. It’s modeled on a 19th-century device called a harmonograph, updated with self-aligning gimbals and a spring-loaded pen holder that can accept various writing instruments. It attaches to any tabletop using a single clamp.
Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder is one of the most iconic Star Wars vehicles. Inspired by the one in the movies, Joel Creates added a real turbojet engine to a pint-sized Landspeeder for kids. It needed additional mods to make it roll smoothly and bypass the safety systems. Fingers crossed he makes a 3-jet version.
The battle between good and evil – the Jedi and the Sith – is at the heart of many a Star Wars story. In this video for WIRED, filmmaker and superfan Kevin Smith offers his take on all of the Jedi and Sith characters in the Skywalker Saga and its associated movies and TV series.
Harpist Kristan Toczko offers up an early Halloween treat with this seamless medley of music from Call of Duty: Black Ops – Zombies, Halloween, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead. Then she finishes things off with a little bit of Still Dre. We also love her cover of The Simpsons theme.