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SurfacePad for iPhone

SurfacePad for iPhone

Twelve South presents an elegant wallet style case for your iPhone. The slimline case is made with premium leather that protects both the back and front of the phone, and supports automatic wake/sleep for iPhone X/XS/11 Pro. It’s got two card slots inside, doubles as a display stand, and is compatible with Qi chargers.

Monster LEGO Technic Tank

Monster LEGO Technic Tank

This impressive LEGO Technic vehicle uses 16 Mindstorms EV3 controllers and 48 motors to drive its tank-like treads along the ground. Its builder, Eric Steenstra says it can tow over 220 pounds, so he likes to use it to pull people in their wheelchairs.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Cybertool M

Victorinox Swiss Army Cybertool M

The Cybertool M is a 32-in-1 pocket tool comes from the leading maker of Swiss Army knives. It packs blades, bit wrenches, hex sockets, torx, hex, pozidriv bits, screwdrivers, pen, pliers, and wire tools, making it the perfect EDC for anyone who works on gadgets. Also has tweezers, a toothpick, and key ring.

Slagwerk-101 Robot Drum Machine

Slagwerk-101 Robot Drum Machine

Designer and maker Love Hultén is best known for his retro-inspired video game and computer builds. But this one is quite different – an electromechanical drum machine that plays rhythms using a MIDI sequencer. Each of its components is modular, so it can be reconfigured to create unique audio sculptures.

This Video Has X Views

This Video Has X Views

Science and technology vlogger Tom Scott created a YouTube video that automatically updates its own title based on its view count. As he explains in the video, he used YouTube’s programming APIs to pull off the trick, then talks about the wonders and downsides of open data interfaces.

Tesla Ventilator

Tesla Ventilator

Automotive manufacturers have been called on to use their production expertise to help build ventilators to stem shortages and save lives. GM and Ford have already started to help, and now Tesla’s engineers are showing off their design for a custom respirator, made with car parts they already have on hand.

Blon B20 Headphones

Blon B20 Headphones

When it comes to headphones, planar magnetic drivers offer some of the best sound you can get. Linsoul’s cans not only pack these drivers, but are wrapped up in real wood enclosures, with memory foam ear cushions, and a stainless steel expansion bracket for a luxurious look. Deal available from Drop through 4/8/20.

CMYK Generative Portraits

CMYK Generative Portraits

Artist Samer Dabra programmed Evil Mad Scientist’s AxiDraw v3 plotter to take photographic images and reinterpret them as twisty, turny, abstract line art. By overlaying CMYK inks, the images have an appearance of being in full color. More images on Instagram.

LED Lantern Speaker

LED Lantern Speaker

At first glance, this hurricane lamp looks like a classic oil lantern, but it’s actually packed with modern technology, using a vintage style LED bulb as its light source, and cranking out tunes from its Bluetooth speaker. Its light is dimmable and burns for up to seven hours, while its speaker plays for up to five hours per charge.

Rockubot Sterilizing Robot

This robotic gadget uses an array of sensors to drive itself across various household surfaces, exposing them to powerful UV-C light, which can destroy up to 99.99% of bacteria and other germs, while ultrasonic waves can get rid of mites. It can even drive across your bed or under sheets. Save 26% in The Awesomer Shop.

MSI GE66 Raider Gaming Laptop

MSI GE66 Raider Gaming Laptop

The GE66 Raider is a powerful 15.6″ gaming laptop that features a sleek aluminum housing, with sweet panoramic “aura” RGB lighting and individually-addressable RGB keyboard lights. It’s powered by 10th gen Intel CPUs up to a Core i9, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics, and has a crazy fast 300Hz display refresh rate.

Couchmaster Cybot Lap Desk

Couchmaster Cybot Lap Desk

This oversize lap desk opens up a serious workspace while you sit on the couch or in bed. It has vented spot for up to a 17″ laptop, along with a large mousepad, built-in wrist pads, a tablet holder, and pockets for your mouse and other accessories. Its padded armrests provide support and comfort, and can be repositioned.

iBoy Collectible Figure

iBoy Collectible Figure

Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.

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Sony Extra Bass Headphone Deal

Want some extra boom to rattle your brain? These Sony MDR-XB650BT over-ear wireless headphones kick out lots of thump with their Extra Bass capability. They feature Bluetooth connectivity and NFC pairing, and will run for up to 30 hours per charge. This new, open box deal saves you 53% off the original price.

Aluminium Laptop Stand

Aluminium Laptop Stand

Improve your work from home setup with Equal Peaks‘ sturdy aluminum laptop stand. Not only does it put your computer in a better position, it includes a built in smartphone holder, and clears desk space for storing small items underneath. Available in silver or black, with protective plastic pads and rubber feet.

AI Gahaku: AI Painter

AI Gahaku: AI Painter

Developed by software engineer sato_neet, this online plaything lets you upload a portrait, and then uses deep learning technology to transform your image into a renaissance painting. The resulting outputs range from artful to hilarious.

Roland Facet Grand Piano

Roland Facet Grand Piano

Digital musical instrument maker Roland introduces us to Jong Chan Kim, who came up with a hypermodern design for a grand piano. Since digital pianos don’t depend on acoustic properties, he was able to come up with this futuristic low-poly design. The Facet has powerful speakers built into its base, and a flat screen for sheet music.

Why Dark Video Sucks

Why Dark Video Sucks

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the most expensive display you can buy, gradients of color in dark scenes often look like a blocky mess. Tom Scott offers a great explanation of the technological limitations that cause these issues, and the visual mechanisms that make them less noticeable in brighter scenes.

MIDI-Controlled Pipe Organ

MIDI-Controlled Pipe Organ

With help from the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, musician Rob Scallon got to check out how a pipe organ works, and noticed that the one they have is capable of outputting MIDI signals. After a bit of experimenting, he figured out its keyboard and pedals can also be controlled via the digital music protocol.

Best Work from Home EDC Gear

Best Work from Home EDC Gear

While you’re working from home, you might not be thinking too much about the gear you’ll need when you eventually head back out into the world. But Everyday Carry has some great ideas for items that are useful both at home and in the field, along with some great productivity tips for WFH living.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Training

Everyone knows Adobe is the leading maker of creative software. Level up your Adobe Creative Cloud skills and become a graphic design guru with eight online courses in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.

Wood and Linen Record Player

Wood and Linen Record Player

Victrola’s turntable audio system features linen-wrapped wooden enclosures for both its record player and stereo speakers. It offers 50-watts of amplification, and can play vinyl at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 speeds. You can also stream music to its speakers via Bluetooth. It’s also available in oak and white variants directly from Victrola.

Casio Edifice ECB-10 Watches

Casio Edifice ECB-10 Watches

These models from Casio’s Edifice collection have an octagonal case and bezel design that’s really eye-catching. They feature a hybrid analog-digital face, stopwatch and countdown timers, five daily alarms, date/month display, automatic time-zone setting via smartphone, and bright dual-LED lighting.

Turning 2D Objects into 3D

Turning 2D Objects into 3D

Starting with a handful of 2D images, and using a deep network to synthesize volume and reflective properties, Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF) can transform flat images into detailed 3D objects. Engineer Matthew Tancik shows off the tech developed with co-authors from UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Google Research.

Tenikle 2.0 Suction Phone Mount

This wacky looking accessory is like a three-tentacled octopus (tripus?), but it’s quite useful. It can bend and wrap around objects, and its suction cups stick to smooth surfaces. It comes with an expandable phone clip and a male 1/4-20″ camera thread. It’s also available with an optional Bluetooth remote control.

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