With the front-facing Nextbase 622GW, the world’s leading dash cam maker delivers the best ride-along ally for 24/7 on-the-road protection. High-def 4K recording captures crystal clear images, and it doesn’t miss a detail thanks to advanced image stabilization to eliminate playback shakes and blurs.
Having a wrist rest at the base of your keyboard is a must for protecting your arms from carpal tunnel syndrome. OUSI’s ergonomic wrist rests offer an elegant solution to this problem. Each one is handmade from full-grain leather and wrapped around a supportive structure. Price shown is for the 18″ wide version.
Moment Motors updates classic cars with modern electric drivetrains. Their latest Signature model is this restored Mercedes-Benz 280SL. The roadster now packs an electric motor with 300 hp and 370 lb-ft. of torque, with a 62 kWh battery pack. Its steering, brakes, and climate control have all been modernized while retaining the car’s original style.
There’s a good reason that pinball machines are so expensive. These hand-assembled games incorporate multiple circuit boards, complicated wiring harnesses, and hundreds of parts. Technology Connections starts with a brief look at a 1990s pinball machine, then dives in deep to explain the amazing engineering of a vintage electromechanical machine.
A while back, we checked out Engineered Arts’ expressive humanoid robot Ameca. In this short video, the recently upgraded bot takes a look at herself in the mirror and seems quite happy with her new capabilities. It makes us wonder if someday a robot will look in a mirror and question their reality.
Many modern microwave ovens have a popcorn button, but microwave popcorn bags have a notice saying not to use that button to cook their product. Technology Connections offers an entertaining explanation of the issue, the rationale behind the warnings, and how to know if the forbidden button is okay to use on your particular microwave.
The blasters in Star Wars supposedly fire bolts of plasma energy held together with a magnetic field. This sounds like pure science fiction, but Jake Makes wanted to see if he could create the same effect with a real-world weapon. While he came up with an approach that looks pretty accurate, it’s not technically the same idea at all.
Electronics and industrial design masters Teenage Engineering created the EP–133 K.O. II., a portable synth, sampler, and composer for electronic music. It offers instant sampling with 999 sample slots, six stereo voices, 12 mono voices, a high-res sequencer, real-time FX, looping, and more. Ports include stereo audio, sync, MIDI, and USB-C MIDI. In-depth demo here.
The character Killjoy in Valorant has a nifty turret weapon. Mechanical engineer Danny Lum brought the weapon to life with a custom-built robot. At its heart is an OutofDarts Proton Pack hopper connected to a Jupiter blaster. He 3D printed a custom shell and built a motorized aiming system with an object-detection camera to shoot foam balls at human targets.
Govee specializes in RGB LED light kits. Their curtain lights can display patterns on a grid of 520 teardrop-shaped light beads. The Govee mobile app includes more than 80 scene presets, music sync, and the ability to upload animated GIFs. They’re also rated IP65 waterproof so that you can use them outside. Chris Maher’s in-depth review shows them in action.
This interactive installation reminds us of the Master Control Program in TRON. But instead of displaying the face of some omniscient computer, the pixels of FLUX 2023 display images of whoever stands in front of its cameras. The 20-foot-tall display was created by Ksawery Kirklewski, with sound by Arkadiusz Krupiński and tech mgmt. by Jakub Kirklewski.
An ordinary music box only plays a single song. The Muro Box can play any song. It uses computer-controlled wheels to flick its metal forks and can be programmed using a mobile app or a MIDI device. It has a 40-note chromatic scale, and more than 50,000 songs in a downloadable library. They also make a less-expensive N20 model with 20 notes.
ViridianChase created this unique gaming computer that looks like a tank. Its case is built from metal with a digital camo pattern and tempered glass windows. It has 13 LED-lit fans, six of which simulate tread wheels. In addition to its fans, it packs NZXT Kraken 360X water cooling, an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU, and an ASUS STRIX 6700XT graphics card.
We use a Keychron mechanical keyboard every day, and its build quality is unparalleled. We expect the same from their M3 Mini metal wireless mouse, which features with a skeletonized magnesium shell. Its 4000 Hz polling sensor ensures speed and accuracy up to 26,000 DPI, and it supports 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 5.1, and USB wired connectivity.
As part of his home workstation revamp, Ideal Idea wanted a computer case like no other. The idea? Build a PC that doubles as a kinetic sculpture. He made the case from laser-cut wood panels and created two interchangeable faces. An Arduino and a stepper motor control the mechanisms. The ripple design with the hexagons is fantastic.
Screenprinting involves coating screens with chemicals, exposing the areas you want to print to light, then washing them to allow ink to flow through. xTool’s screenprinting system uses a laser to expose pre-coated screens for crisp screens in hours, not days. Price shown includes an xTool 5-watt laser. A $200 basic kit is available for other laser engravers.
The enormous OrangeStorm Giga 3D printer can output objects up to 800mm x 800mm x 1000mm (31.4″ x 31.4″ x 39.4″.) With a top speed of 300 mm/s, it prints fast and can hold up to four FDM print heads for outputting four of the same model simultaneously. Despite its size, it’s well-priced – with Kickstarter orders starting at $1500, including one print head.
Amsterdam’s Our House is a wonderland for fans of electronic music. One of their interactive installations is a wall-sized sequencer, which lets you create your own looped rhythms by pushing its buttons. Here’s a look at it being programmed to play the Eurythmics 1983 hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
Set the mood in any room with Govee’s colorful LED cube sconces. Each app-controlled cube can produce 16 million colors plus white and casts a soft beam of light up to six feet along your wall or ceiling. The set includes six wall sconces, cables, a power supply, a control box, and mounting hardware.
Petru Design’s wood and metal record stand shows off your currently playing vinyl in more than one way. In addition to showing off your record sleeve, it has a built-in microphone and LED audio spectrum analyzer. The display shows colorful patterns based on your tunes and offers adjustable brightness, sensitivity, and animation modes.
This wallet-size card improves your smartphone photography, adding a bright and smooth field of light whenever you need it. It attaches wirelessly to Android phones and iPhones with MagSafe backs and can pull power via USB-C or wirelessly from phones that support power sharing. Add-ons include a stand, a diffuser, and an external battery pack.