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Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

What you’re looking at here is an old digital pinball game that dates back nearly four decades. TysyTube found the yellowed and badly-scratched handheld system on an auction site, and painstakingly restored it to like-new condition. Using that ice cube tray as a screw sorter is a brilliant lifehack.

Rexing B1 Night Vision Binoculars

Peer into the darkness with these digital binoculars. They can shoot daytime or nighttime photos and videos with 10x optical and 4x digital zoom, and offer seven levels of infrared illumination. Save an extra 20% with code WELOVEDAD through 6.20.2021 in The Awesomer Shop.

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Copernicus Mini Drone

This compact drone folds up small so that you can toss it in your backpack. It’s easy to fly – offering one-button take-off and landing and a fixed altitude hover feature. Choose from four options: no camera, 480p, 1080p, and 4K. Save an extra 20% through 6.20.2021 with code WELOVEDAD in The Awesomer Shop.

Thermochromic Digital Clock

Thermochromic Digital Clock

This fascinating tabletop clock tells the time by changing the temperature. Instructables contributor Twisted & Tinned created the display using thermochromic foil and surface-mounted resistors that heat up liquid crystals. They previously made a temperature and humidity display using a different

    technique.

DitherPaint

DitherPaint

Revisit the early days of desktop computer graphics with BeyondLoom’s browser-based drawing tool. Like the original MacPaint, DitherPaint has just two colors – black and white. It includes a variety of brushes, and a number of patterns to add flair to your 1-bit masterpieces. It also has a handful of animated patterns.

Neutronshop LED Pixel Displays

Neutronshop LED Pixel Displays

These colorful LED pixel displays from Neutronshop come pre-programmed to display stock tickers, cryptocurrency prices, a COVID-19 tracker, NBA scores, Twitter trends, and more. Each one can also display animations. After a USB-based setup, they update via Wi-Fi so don’t need to stay connected to a computer.

Jay-D DIY DJ Mix Table

Learn about electronics, soldering, coding, and more with this DIY DJ kit from CircuitMess. The mini DJ console can play and crossfade between tracks, control BPM, and apply equalization. It has a built-in Class D amp and two 5-watt speakers. Also available with a tool kit. Save 20% with code WELOVEDAD through 6.20.2021.

CNC Engraving a Coin

CNC Engraving a Coin

YouTuber Phuc Nguyen shared this hypnotic video of an intricate image being engraved out of a thick disc of brass. He used a Woodpecker DP1212 CNC router, and a variety of different tooling bits to gradually increase the detail of the design.

Monogram Creative Console

Monogram Creative Console

Designed for creative pros, these modular controllers let you build your own custom control scheme. In addition to the base module, there are keys, sliders, dials, and an “Orbiter” that combines tilt, spin, and pressure inputs. They work with popular creative apps on Mac and Windows and can be fully programmed to your workflow.

Sequent Elektron Smartwatch

Sequent Elektron Smartwatch

Smartwatches are great, other than having to charge them. The Elektron watch aims to change that by capturing energy with a micromechanical generator. The watch works with a smartphone app to track activity, sleep, and heart rate data and is built into a handsome titanium case with bright Super-LumiNova markings.

Bluetooth EarPods with Touch Control

These wireless Bluetooth 5.0 earphones offer noise cancellation tech for crisp and clean music and phone calls. They’re sweatproof and water-resistant and have a touch sensor for adjusting volume and answering/hanging up on calls. Available in grey, blue, green, or red. Save an extra 20% with code WELOVEDAD through 6.20.2021.

Arrowmax SES PRO Smart Electric Screwdriver

Arrowmax SES PRO Smart Electric Screwdriver

This compact screwdriver is perfect for working on electronics and other small projects. It has a 200 RPM variable-speed drive which can stop when it reaches the proper torque. An OLED screen displays drilling direction, torque, and battery levels, while multiple LED lights reduce shadows. Comes with 34 magnetic bits.

STKR Multi-Point Illumination System

STKR Multi-Point Illumination System

Give your garage, basement, or workshop a serious upgrade with STKR’s whole-room lighting system. The main module screws into a light socket, while its four pods can be connected to spread 7500 lumens of smooth, white light throughout your space. It has an adjustable motion sensor and a USB port for connecting a security camera.

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Retro Tech: Sony Face to Face Video Phone

Retro Tech: Sony Face to Face Video Phone

Nearly everyone has a smartphone with a camera these days, and videoconferencing is commonplace. But back in the 1980s, it certainly was not. Techmoan shows off Sony’s PCT-15 aka “Face to Face,” a 1988 device that could send a single black-and-white image at a time, transmitting data via a phone line – like a fax machine.

The Guitar Hero Robot

The Guitar Hero Robot

We never could play Guitar Hero on Hard or Expert levels. Engineer Nick O’Hara has no such problems, thanks to the robot he built. Jon Bot Jovi uses AI and computer vision tech to detect the notes and timing, then triggers solenoids to push the guitar’s fret buttons and strum bar to perform even the most challenging tracks.

Resin and Wood Wrist Rests

Resin and Wood Wrist Rests

Artist Jerry Lo of WosinCraft makes these uniquely beautiful keyboard wrist rests from resin, colorful pigments, and wood. Designs include soothing scenes of mountains, galaxies, ocean waves, and other dreamlike places. The transparent areas allow lighting to shine through from edge-lit keyboards for even more impact.

Camtasia 2021 Deal

Save 33% on TechSmith’s easy-to-use video editing software, along with 1-year of maintenance. With a built-in screen-recording function, it’s perfect for creating tutorials and demos. It has tools for annotating and highlighting areas of the screen, as well as a library of pre-built templates, stock music, and sound effects.

Ucam DashCam Car Safety Camera

Protect yourself and your car with this windshield camera. It shoots crisp 1080p footage, triggering when it detects motion. It has a wide 140º viewing angle, and can continuously record on a loop. In the event of a collision, it automatically locks the current recording. Save an extra 20% through 6.20.21 with code WELOVEDAD.

Sceptre 32:9 Ultrawide Monitor

Sceptre 32:9 Ultrawide Monitor

Whether you’re working on enormous spreadsheets or want to fill your peripheral vision while gaming, this ultrawide IPS monitor from Sceptre will do the trick. It offers a 3840 x 1080 (Dual FHD) resolution with 120Hz and FreeSync support, HDR600, and a 125% sRGB color gamut. It has DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C connectors.

Wireless HD Endoscope Camera

This skinny, tube-shaped camera can capture images deep within walls, conduit, dryer vents, drainpipes, or other hard-to-reach places. It has bright LEDs at its tip to illuminate dark places and can send still or video images to your smartphone via Wi-Fi. Its 16.5 foot-long cable and camera tip are rated IP68 waterproof.

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Echo Mickey Mouse Wall Clock

Echo Mickey Mouse Wall Clock

Everyone could use a Mickey Mouse clock on their wall, and this model has a trick up its sleeves. It pairs with your Amazon Echo device to work as a timer, displaying the countdown of remaining minutes one 60 individual LEDs along its perimeter.

PoooliPrint L1 Inkless Pocket Printer

This tiny printer is great for printing quick notes, doodles, or photos in black and white. It outputs 200 dpi monochrome images on 1.9″ rolls of paper and needs no ink. It can also print on sticky paper. Save an extra $10 with code PRINT10 in The Awesomer Shop.

Beosound Explore Speaker

Beosound Explore Speaker

Bang & Olufsen’s cylindrical Bluetooth speaker looks kind of like a soup can to us. The rugged portable speaker is dust-proof, waterproof, and scratch-resistant, and with a run time of up to 27 hours per charge, it’s ready for all your outdoor adventures. Available in black, grey, or green.

Picard Borg Cube PC

Picard Borg Cube PC

PC maker CherryTree is offering this awesome computer inspired by the Borg cube in Star Trek: Picard (and TNG before it). It comes as an ATX case for your own builds, or CherryTree can build a complete system for you. The Collector’s Edition comes with blueprint art and a Romulan pixmit hoodie, packed in a wooden crate.

LED Waveform Headphone Stand

LED Waveform Headphone Stand

Give your over-the-ear headphones a proper place to rest when you’re not wearing them. This handmade stand from AmbiColoredLight features a head-shaped sandalwood-veneered base. At its center is a light-up acrylic porthole that displays a laser-etched waveform graphic that can change colors to suit your mood.

Meazor Digital Measurement Device

Meazor Digital Measurement Device

Need to measure floorplans? Skip the ruler and check out Meazor. This gadget is designed to capture detailed digital floorplans by rolling it over a printed document. It can also convert scale distances from maps, and measure irregularly-shaped objects. It even has a built-in laser measure and bubble level.

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