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Altec Lansing ALT-500 Turntable

Whether you own a collection of records you haven’t played in a while, or you’re just hopping onto the vinyl bandwagon, this Altec Lansing turntable is a good place to start. It’s got a 3-speed belt drive, built-in stereo speakers, and Bluetooth streaming. Save 50% in The Awesomer Shop.

GoSun Chill Cooler

This cooler keeps drinks cold without ice. Its refrigerated compartment can be powered by the included battery pack, an AC adapter, 12V cord, or an optional solar panel that comes built into a folding metal table. The included 144Wh PowerBank+ battery can also charge mobile gadgets. Save 15% in The Awesomer Shop

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Atari Mini Pong Jr.

Atari Mini Pong Jr.

Atari, working in collaboration with UNIS Technology, Ltd. is bringing back its 1970s arcade classic PONG. This tabletop gaming system has a 7.9″ LCD panel and offers both classic 2-player mode, and 1-player vs. AI mode. It runs on USB power or AAA batteries and is expected to be released in time for the 2020 holiday shopping season.

Best Portable Chargers 2020

Best Portable Chargers 2020

Phones, tablets, headphones, watches. It seems that everything you buy these days needs to be charged. You need a good charging pack to keep all your gadgets juiced up, and Everyday Carry has picked a dozen of the best portable chargers, from compact battery packs to solar units to high-performance wall chargers.

Alexa in 1988

Alexa in 1988

We already know what Siri might have been like back in the 1980s, now Squirrel Monkey imagines another virtual assistant existed during a time when voice synthesis and voice recognition were in their infancy. We love how it uses a cassette recorder to download songs from Amazon Music.

NPKC Engraved Wooden Keycaps

NPKC Engraved Wooden Keycaps

Transform your mechanical keyboard into something special with NPKC’s wooden keycaps. This set comes with a full 104 keys, including numeric keypad, arrows, and function keys. Available in beech, rosewood, or walnut, and compatible with Cherry switches. Pre-order now from Drop, with shipping starting January 2021.

Making a See-through Computer Screen

Making a See-through Computer Screen

See-through computer screens are a staple of sci-fi design. While they look really cool, they’re not the most practical way to view content. Still, makers Evan and Katelyn wanted to give it a try, set to building their own by modding a standard LCD screen, removing its LED backlight and polarizing filter, then building a new frame for it.

Auto-aiming NERF Blaster

Auto-aiming NERF Blaster

There are lots of cool NERF guns and NERF mods out there, but very few of them actually help with your aim. 3DprintedLife engineered this cutom build which can lock onto targets and track them automatically, reducing the chances of missed shots. The main blaster is based on a kit from CaptainSlug.

It’s Pronounced GIF

It’s Pronounced GIF

It’s a debate that’s been raging since the first file was produced in CompuServe’s Graphical Interchange Format back in 1987. With the help of podcasters Molly Ruhl and Gretchen McCulloch, YouTube personality Tom Scott takes a couple of minutes to set us straight on the proper pronunciation of the popular “.GIF” file extension.

Thermite Firefighting Robots

Thermite Firefighting Robots

Designed to combat blazes while keeping humans at a safe distance, Textron Systems and Howe & Howe’s remote-operated robots can blast 1,250-2,500 gallons of water per minute. The robots can climb stairs, shove and winch vehicles, and endure extreme heat. Would also be fun as a response to Elon Musk’s flamethrowers.

Editor X Responsive Website Builder

Want to experience web design in a completely new way? Editor X is a sophisticated website creation platform that has brought disruptive advancements to the world of responsive web design. They’re changing the game with intuitive design, built-in business solutions, and custom code capabilities. Start creating.

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.

Sony Spatial Reality Display

Sony Spatial Reality Display

Sony has developed an intriguing new technology that allows viewers to look at 3-dimensional objects without the need for special glasses. While it’s too expensive for consumers, it could be useful for designers who want a realistic view of items they’re working on. The display is compatible with Unity and Unreal Engine content.

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Tula Mic Portable Microphone

Tula Mic Portable Microphone

Podcasters and indie recording artists will definitely want to check out this unique portable microphone. It combines a premium USB desktop mic and a digital recorder with a slick retro-inspired industrial design. It also has integrated noise cancellation tech for eliminating unwanted background sounds.

Amazon Halo Band

Amazon Halo Band

Rather than focusing strictly on activity, Amazon’s Halo smart band works with a mobile app to also measure sleep trends, body composition, and even the tone of your voice to monitor your expression. It requires a subscription at $3.99 per month but includes 6 mo. free. A variety of optional bands are also available.

Lightsaber Plasma Sword Test

Lightsaber Plasma Sword Test

After building a retractable blade lightsaber, The Hacksmith is back to show off what this impressive plasma weapon can do. Watch in awe as it burns right through a Stormtrooper, slashes through walls, and melts metal and glass like butter. It’s not as quick at cutting as the ones in the movies, but just as awesome.

AI Video Object Removal

AI Video Object Removal

If you’ve used Photoshop’s content-aware fill, you know that it’s gotten easier to remove objects from still images. Doing the same in video is much trickier, but as Two Minute Papers explains, there’s new AI-based tech that’s really good at removing objects from moving images. It can also expand content into missing areas.

Nacon MG-X Android Controllers

Nacon MG-X Android Controllers

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming service lets you play more than 100 Xbox games on Android devices. To get the most out of mobile gaming, you need a proper controller. Nacon will offer two designs – the tablet-style MG-X, and the MG-X Pro, which looks like a stretched-out Xbox controller. Both models drop in early 2021.

Moovy Bag

This handsome backpack/briefcase incorporates a large 22,000 mAh battery for charging your gadgets on the go. It includes a dual cable for Lightning and USB-C devices, padded storage for your laptop and tablet, as well as an elastic organizer grid for cables and accessories. There’s also a version with a built-in solar panel.

Arcade1Up Infinity Gaming Table

Arcade1Up Infinity Gaming Table

Home arcade company Arcade1up has created a tabletop gaming system that lets you play digital versions of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and more. It will come in 24″ and 32″ versions, both with a touchscreen with tactile feedback, and Wi-Fi connectivity for downloading games and other content.

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8BitCADE XL

8BitCADE XL

This DIY handheld gaming system offers gamers an opportunity to learn about electronics. The system features a 2.42″ monochrome widescreen and comes with 200 Arduboy games pre-loaded into its memory. Advanced users can even program their own games for it. Available with or without a tool kit.

Self-Playing Circle Guitar

Self-Playing Circle Guitar

Wonder World shows us an unusual guitar that uses a motorized wheel to strum its strings, so the person playing it only needs to worry about the frets. Anthony Dickens‘ unique instrument has a other interesting innovations like the ability to output sounds one string at a time with the push of a button.

Zooming Into Circuits

Zooming Into Circuits

LaughsMicroscopically uses a scanning electron microscope to take us deeper and deeper inside of a series of integrated circuits dating from 1989 to 2001. These now “vintage” circuits are far less dense than today’s designs, but are still an amazing marvel of engineering viewed in this way.

Vizio OLED Displays

Vizio OLED Displays

Vizio is now the third major player to offer televisions with OLED displays. These super-slim 4K screens offer incredible black levels and rich colors, and support various HDR formats. They come in 55″ and 65″ versions, and pack Vizio SmartCast for viewing content from hundreds of free TV channels and streaming apps.

Majextand M Phone + Tablet Stand

Majextand M Phone + Tablet Stand

This unique gadget stand features a scissor-lift design that can angle your phone or tablet anywhere from flat to a 90º angle. It works with removable docking sheets that attach to the back of devices and folds down to just 0.23 cm (0.09″) thick when not in use. Made from durable stainless steel.

Aeris Copper iPhone Cases

It’s common knowledge these days that copper has anti-microbial properties. That means it’s very difficult for germs to live on the metal’s surface. This case has a 100% copper coating to help keep bugs at bay on one of the dirtiest objects you interact with – your phone. Available in a variety of sizes for different iPhone models.

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