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XION CyberX Custom E-Bike

XION CyberX Custom E-Bike

The XION electric bike has a cyberpunk style and attitude. It rides on fat tires, has a full suspension, and an elongated 2-person seat. Its frame and seat colors can be customized, as well as an optional laser-cut center panel with LED lighting. Its mid-drive motor can achieve speeds up to 50 mph in Race mode.

Robosen Transformers Optimus Prime Robot

Robosen Transformers Optimus Prime Robot

Remember when you had to manually transform your Transformers? That changes today, thanks to Hasbro and Robosen. This impressive 19″ tall robot can automatically convert, and can do it via voice or a smartphone app. The G1 Optimus Prime is loaded with 80 sound effects, and the original voice of the Autobot’s leader.

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Instacart in the 1990s

Instacart in the 1990s

Offering same-day grocery and deliveries in many places, Instacart is one of life’s many modern conveniences. But what might the Instacart experience have been like had it come out on a floppy diskette and run only on Windows 95? Squirrel Monkey has the answer.

Eyecam Eyeball Webcam

Eyecam Eyeball Webcam

Saarland University researcher Marc Teyssier created the creepiest webcam we’ve ever seen. The Eyecam uses six servo motors to realistically replicate the movements of a human eyeball, eyelids, and eyebrow, staring down its subject and making sure they are paying attention during Zoom calls.

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.

Raycon E50 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Enjoy big and bold sounds without wires with Raycon’s premium E50 Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds. These in-ear headphones are great for workouts and for lovers of bass. They run for up to five hours per charge and come with a charging case that can juice them up five times. Save 45% in The Awesomer Shop.

Festo BionicSwift Bird Robot

Festo BionicSwift Bird Robot

Among its technologies, Festo are experts in robotic biomimicry. In this video, they show off the latest generation of their BionicSwift, a robot that mimics the flight mechanics of a real bird. These artificial swallows can autonomously fly in coordinated flocks, and can pull off tight turns and loops.

Surfshark VPN

Surfshark VPN is a great way to protect your identity online, masking your connections behind a network of servers that hide your IP address and prevent your history from being tracked, as well as providing secure, global access to geo-restricted content. Grab a great deal on a 2-, 3-, or 4-year subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

Self-erasing Sand Machine

Self-erasing Sand Machine

Using parts from a 3D printer, custom laser-cut components, and LED lighting RCLifeOn created this mechanical table that uses a magnet and a ball bearing to draw complex patterns in sand, only to erase everything it doodles. On the plus side, as soon as it wipes out an image, it gets to work on another.

Sandwich Assembly Robot

Sandwich Assembly Robot

Mechanical engineer Kuroki Yuto and his collaborators came up with a novel use for a 3D printer mechanism – using the 3-axis machine to manipulate and assemble parts. In this video, they show how the system can be used to put together a sandwich. They used the same technique to assemble a toy car and to fold a shirt.

BackPack Magnetic Powerbank

This wireless charging pack is equipped with powerful magnets which align perfectly with iPhone 12 models. It also works as a universal charger for other devices using its powerful 5000 mAh battery, juicing up devices via wireless, USB Type-A, or USB Type-C charging ports. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.

Skydio 2 Autonomous Drone Tracking Test

Skydio 2 Autonomous Drone Tracking Test

The soon-to-be-released Skydio 2 drone is supposed to be capable of automatically tracking and following subjects in challenging situations. Warped Perception got his hands on an early unit of the autonomous flyer to see just how good it is at tracking and avoiding obstacles, and the results are very impressive.

Flux Light Show

Flux Light Show

French art collective Scale created this hypnotic mechanical light show that uses computer-controlled motors to rotate 48 individual light bars. The installation, designed for the Constellations festival at Cloître des Récollets is interactive, allowing the public to control the display’s movements, light, and sound.

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Chainsaw Robot

Chainsaw Robot

After creating a robot that gives haircuts to humans, Shane from Stuff Made Here has bestowed one of his robots with a far more dangerous tool than a set of clippers. While his chainsaw-wielding robot arm is designed for carving shapes from foam blocks, we could see it taking off an arm if there’s any bug in his programming.

World’s Largest Working Nintendo Switch

World’s Largest Working Nintendo Switch

One of the best things about the Nintendo Switch is its ability to go from a handheld to a home console. If you prefer to play on a big screen, then Michael Pick’s mod is for you. The builder created this fully functional Switch with a TV and custom-made buttons. Best of all, he donated it to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

BattleBunk Gaming Bunk Bed

BattleBunk Gaming Bunk Bed

X Rocker’s combination computer desk and bunk bed is the perfect piece of furniture for a kid’s room or if you’re just short on space. Its lower tier has room for a complete gaming PC with dual monitors, a large 77.5″ x 35″ desk surface, and a shelf for displaying collectibles. Its twin-sized bed holds up to 220 pounds.

Soundbrenner Musicians’ Smart Watches

These unique watches are made for musicians with their built-in vibrating metronomes. The higher-end models add time and date functions, a magnetic contact tuner, and a decibel meter. Save $20 on the Pulse with code PULSE20, $40 on the Core with CORE 40 and $60 on the Core Steel with MUSICIAN60.

Bowling Ball Balancing Machine

Bowling Ball Balancing Machine

Try to balance a bowling ball on a circular object, and you’ll almost certainly fail. But engineer Stepan Ozana shows how it’s possible to do just that with a machine. It uses a principle called LQR and REXYGEN control software to monitor the ball’s position and to rapidly move the wheel back and forth to keep the ball from falling.

Genki Wave Music Ring

Genki Wave Music Ring

This wearable accessory adds new degrees of expression to musical performances. The Wave ring has motion sensors that influence sounds using gestures: tilt, pan, roll, vibrato, tap, and click. The included software lets you tweak every aspect, save presets, and even has a built-in sound engine. Works with all major DAWs.

Firebird Nixie Watch

Firebird Nixie Watch

This wristwatch combines vintage tech with modern styling. It displays the current time and date on a pair of 1970s military-grade vacuum tubes, driven by a Swiss real-time clock module. Its body is machined from aluminum alloy, and its tubes sit beneath a protective sapphire crystal. Available in black or silver.

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Smartphone Steering Rig

Smartphone Steering Rig

Smartphone racing games often require tilting the screen to steer. While it’s not a bad control method, we prefer this clever design, which places the phone in a cradle that’s been rigged up to a metal frame and steering wheel. Though if your game requires acceleration or braking, that’s another problem.

Scratching Records But with Barcodes

Scratching Records But with Barcodes

We’ve previously seen how the musicians from Electronicos Fantasticos use laser barcode readers in their performance. In this clip from Maker Faire Tokyo 2020, one of their members shows how to make record scratching sounds using the same technique.

Working Baby Yoda’s Floating Cradle

Working Baby Yoda’s Floating Cradle

The guys at Hacksmith Industries have been building out a collection of replica armor and props inspired by The Mandalorian. Among them is a version of Grogu’s floating cradle. The trick to making it hover is that it’s basically a lightweight aluminum drone with a vinyl skin.

Around the World on Tesla Coils

Around the World on Tesla Coils

During their 28 years together, Daft Punk used lots of synthesizers and electronic equipment to make their music. But as far as we recall, tesla coils were not in their arsenal. Thankfully, we have Franzoli Electronics, who used his high-voltage noise-makers to play an awesome cover version of Around the World.

JBL Tune 700BT Wireless Headphones

These wireless headphones from JBL crank out immersive sounds with plentiful bass. The lightweight over-ear design and soft ear cushions are built for comfort. They run for up to 27 hours on a charge and can also be used in a wired mode with the included detachable audio cable.

Aluminum Space Bar

Aluminum Space Bar

Upgrade your keyboard with this custom-made space bar from Holyoops. It’s made from CNC-machined aluminum with backlight cutouts. Comes in black/orange, white/orange, and purple/green color combos. The 6.25U keycap is compatible with standard Cherry MX switches. They also make a matching Escape key.

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