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Ryze Tech Tello Quadcopter

Ryze Robotics‘ bargain-priced compact flying machine uses tech from the drone experts at DJI. It’s super easy to fly with its toss-and-fly launches, and first-person view smartphone control. It can transmit and capture 720p video, shoots 5MP stills, and runs for up to 13 minutes per flight.

The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more that 650 different sounds that skateboards make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.

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Dollar Flight Club Premium

While there are plenty of apps out there to help you find good travel deals, Dollar Flight Club automatically alerts its members to deals to their favorite destinations, helping to save hundreds of dollars on flights. Save 50% on a 1-year premium subscription in The Awesomer Shop, for access to 4x as many deals, and other perks.

Vintage Bookshelf Board Games

Vintage Bookshelf Board Games

A series of classic board games, each presented in vintage style, and packed inside a box designed to look like a hardcover book. Each one packs its board, pieces, dice, etc. inside. Choose from Monopoly, Clue, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Scattergories, or LIFE.

High ‘N Dry

High ‘N Dry

(PG-13: Language) The Wet ‘N’ Wild water park in Palm Springs, California recently closed down. Skateboarding magazine Thrasher managed to get permission from its new owner to let a group of overgrown skate punks – including the famed Tony Hawk – to ride the pipes, ramps, and rails of the park before it gets torn down.

Stranger Things Film References

Stranger Things Film References

(Spoilers, Gore) Stranger Things creators Ross and Matt Duffer sat down with Wired to walk through some of the many references to 1980s science fiction, horror, and adventure movies peppered throughout the series. While some, like E.T. and Alien, are obvious, others, like Altered States are a little more subtly integrated.

Undone (Trailer)

Undone (Trailer)

This rotoscope-animated series follows the story of a woman (Rosa Salazar) who keeps seeing visions of her dead father (Bob Odenkirk) after a tragic car accident, and becomes convinced that he’s trying to teach her how to go back in time to save him. Premieres 9/13/19 on Amazon Prime.

Driving on the Ceiling

Driving on the Ceiling

Maker Ivan Miranda’s decided to see if he could modify a remote-controlled car so it can drive upside-down on the ceiling. He added a pair of powerful fans to create downforce (or is it upforce?) It took some trial and error, but he ultimately got it to work. Of course, he could have just bought one of these.

Endless Paper Airplane

Endless Paper Airplane

In this brief clip from ViralVideoLab, they show off a simple way to make a paper airplane remain airborne for a very long time. The trick requires just the right kind of plane, and a series of small fans to keep it circling in the air. You can find folding instructions for the plane here.

Beer Varieties Print

Beer Varieties Print

Pop Chart’s intricate 24″ x 36″ poster diagrams the relationships between 89 different kinds of beer, along with roughly 200 examples to choose from. Follow the lines to the bottom of the chart, and you’ll find glassware recommendations as well.

Diamondback: Mission Control

Diamondback: Mission Control

Diamondback Bicycles worked with Juicy Studios director Mike Hopkins and cinematographer Scott Secco to create this awesome ad spot to promote its new Mission Carbon bike. The clip takes us on a wild ride down the side of a mountain as the director himself, Micayla Gatto, and Reilly Horan put the badass bike to the test.

The Making of Alien

The Making of Alien

Author J.W. Rinzler’s 336-page hardcover book takes us inside the production of Ridley Scott and Dan O’Bannon’s 1979 science fiction/horror classic Alien. The book includes interviews with the original crew, and photographs, artworks, and storyboards from the production.

Layla: Funk Cover

Layla: Funk Cover

Scary Pockets turns in another wonderfully funky cover of a classic tune, this time taking on Derek and The Dominos’ 1970 track Layla. Though this time, they left the comfort of their studio and recorded the performance live at DC’s Union Stage. That’s Jacob Luttrell kicking out the soulful lead vocals and keys.

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BugOut Speaker

BugOut Speaker

This rugged, wireless speaker is designed for outdoor play, and doesn’t care about splashes or a little rain. Its buttons and inputs are designed to keep water out, and it can play audio via Bluetooth, USB, SD card, or 3.5mm inputs. It’s also got a built-in FM radio.

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

These beautiful, precise, and substantial RPG dice can pick a random number between 1 and 60. Each 37mm piece is carved from solid aluminum using a 5-axis CNC mill. Also available as a spindown version with all the numbers in sequential order. Each die includes a case.

Primal (Clip)

Primal (Clip)

Genndy Tartakovsky is best known for creating Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Now, he’s working on Primal, a new Adult Swim series that follows a caveman who befriends a dinosaur on the brink of extinction in a brutal, primordial world. It looks incredible from this brief clip. Drops Fall 2019.

Zombieland: Double Tap (Trailer)

Zombieland: Double Tap (Trailer)

Director Ruben Fleischer returns to the world of the undead along with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone as their dysfunctional post-apocalyptic family faces off against new kinds of zombies on a road trip from the East Coast to America’s heartland.

Funko POP! x Steve Irwin

Funko POP! x Steve Irwin

Funko is getting set to release two sweet POP! vinyl figures based on the late, great Crocodile Hunter himself, Steve Irwin. He’s holding a baby croc in the standard edition, while the rare “chase” edition gives him a tortoise instead. Drops 11/19.

The Fanatic (Trailer)

The Fanatic (Trailer)

John Travolta steps out of his comfort zone as a movie fan obsessed with an on-screen action hero, and manages to find the star’s home after being denied an autograph. Then really bad things happen in this thriller directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

The Hardest Puzzle Lock

The Hardest Puzzle Lock

Magician and puzzle fanatic Chris Ramsay shows off an incredibly complicated “Level 10” puzzle by designer Rainer Popp. The beautifully-crafted T11 Popplock weighs in at about 5 pounds, and requires a sequence of 13 tricky steps to unlock it. The only clue provided is to use the key in the keyhole – but there is no keyhole.

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Willy Wonkska

Willy Wonkska

We always enjoy listening to Ska Tune Network’s performances, and this might be our favorite yet. Crank up your headphones, and tune in for Jeremy Hunter’s smooth and jazzy ska cover of Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Mario Grand Piano Medley

Mario Grand Piano Medley

Classical pianist Martin Leung dropped by the University of Michigan’s Britton Recital Hall to perform a medley of tracks from the world of Mario Bros., kicking things off with the classic Super Mario Bros. theme – and just to show off, he did that first bit blindfolded. If it seems familiar, he first performed the medley back in 2007.

The Science of BBQ

The Science of BBQ

There’s nothing quite like the delicious flavor of grilled, seared, or smoked meats. But the way you cook and handle meats after cooking can dramatically improve its quality. SciShow explains tips for making the perfect BBQ meal and the scientific reasons that these techniques improve flavor and texture.

LEGO Ideas Treehouse

LEGO Ideas Treehouse

Based on Kevin Feeser’s awesome fan submission to LEGO Ideas, this 3,036 piece set (#21318) is truly epic. It features a 14″ tall treehouse setting with lots of great details in its three floating cabins. It comes with both spring and fall foliage elements, made from sustainable sugarcane-based plastics. Drops 8/1/19 for $200.

Westworld Season 3 (Trailer 2)

Westworld Season 3 (Trailer 2)

The upcoming season of HBO’s Westworld sees Dolores trying to make a life for herself in the real world, and coming to realize that her supposed freedom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The trailer also includes a brief look at what appears to be a new WWII-inspired theme park, filled with what we presume are Nazi hosts.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Academy award-winning actor Tom Hanks portrays childhood favorite Fred Rogers in the later years of his life, as he meets a cynical journalist assigned to write a story about him, and the friendship that ultimately formed between these two very different people.

Super Mario Maker Dominoes

Super Mario Maker Dominoes

With the recent release of Super Mario Maker 2, TheDominoKing decided to pay tribute to the franchise with an epic setup of 127,055 dominoes, all arranged to form images from the Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, and Super Mario World styles from the game. It took him about 2 months in total to set it all up.

LEGO RC 1:24 Crane Scale Model

LEGO RC 1:24 Crane Scale Model

Dawid Szmandra made one of the best LEGO creations we’ve seen. It’s a fully functioning, detailed and remote-controlled 1:24 scale model of the Liebherr LR11000 crawler crane. It’s strong enough to lift objects as heavy as a dining chair.

Canine Kleptomaniacs

Canine Kleptomaniacs

This family-friendly card game puts you in the paws of a pooch who likes to wander off with various household objects. Players must collect sets of items like stinky underwear, socks, shoes, and hide them away while you attempt to keep other dogs from stealing your improvised toy collection. Gameplay video here.

Watchmen (Trailer)

Watchmen (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) “People who wear masks are dangerous. We should be scared of them… ‘Cause they’re hiding something.” Masked vigilantes take down criminals, but are treated as outlaws themselves in HBO and Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of the comic book by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, John Higgins. Premieres 10/2019.

Star Trek: Picard (Trailer)

Star Trek: Picard (Trailer)

Nearly 20 years after he left Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard has retired to his winery in France. But after an encounter with a mysterious young woman, he finds himself longing for adventure and back at the helm of a starship once again. We’re so excited to see a couple of other familiar faces.

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