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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Retractable Blade Lightsaber Plasma Sword

Retractable Blade Lightsaber Plasma Sword

The Hacksmith has been trying to build a real-world lightsaber for quite some time now. The closest he’s gotten up until now is a deadly electric heating element. Now his shop has created a version that retracts like the ones in Star Wars, burning a 4000ºF beam of plasma. That brass and copper steampunk hilt is too cool for words.

Celluveyor Omnidirectional Conveyor System

Celluveyor Omnidirectional Conveyor System

Traditional conveyor belts can move items along a single axis. But Cellumation’s unique system can shuffle items around in any direction. It uses a series of hexagonal modules, each of which has three sets of wheels. Its controller and software can then be programmed to grab and arrange a payload in any pattern.

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Blinding Lights on Typewriter

Blinding Lights on Typewriter

William Sun Petrus previously showed off a vintage manual typewriter that he converted into a drum machine. Since it’s really just working as a MIDI controller, the keyboard can be used to play any digital instrument, in this case, the fat synths from The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights. That’s a Novation Launchpad S to the right.

Sony PS5 Teardown

Sony PS5 Teardown

We’re only a month from the release of Sony and Microsoft’s latest consoles, and both brands have been more liberal about showing the inner workings of their systems than before. Sony mechanical design VP Yasuhiro Ootori disassembles a brand new PS5, and explains each of its components. English subtitles available.

Mister UV Air Purifier

This bullet-shaped air purifier uses the power of ultraviolet light to remove 99.97% odors, pollutants, and other nasty stuff from the air. It uses a silent, brushless motor to pull air in from every direction, and its HEPA filter helps to further remove contaminants. If you have any doubt that UV light kills germs, watch this demo.

NVIDIA Virtual Meetings AI Tech

NVIDIA Virtual Meetings AI Tech

With the increased need for video calls these days, those with low-bandwidth connections may experience poor video quality. This tech being developed at NVIDIA dramatically reduces bandwidth needs by sending a fixed image, then using an AI-controlled avatar to track and replicate their facial movements in real-time.

Pl8ty Retro Bluetooth Speaker

Pl8ty Retro Bluetooth Speaker

Go back to the ’80s with this retro-style speaker that looks like an old-school Walkman. Instead of popping a cassette in, stash your smartphone inside of it, then clip it onto your belt loop for full effect. It has working control buttons and a 3.5mm aux in jack. Why not go all-in and use it with that Bluetooth cassette player?

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

Oculus goes all-in on wireless VR gaming with the latest version of its standalone Quest head-mounted display. It’s smaller and lighter, has upgraded hardware for smoother gameplay, 50% more pixels, and improved Oculus Touch controllers. It also works as a PC VR headset with an optional Oculus Link cable.

Retro Tech: HitClips

Retro Tech: HitClips

Back in 2000, Tiger Electronics released HitClips – a tiny audio player designed to get tweens to buy digital music. Techmoan looks back at this ridiculous cash grab for kids’ money and its significant limitations. Along the way, he debunks some misinformation and myths about the toys.

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Teenage Engineering OB-4 Bluetooth Boombox

Teenage Engineering OB-4 Bluetooth Boombox

Audio gear maker Teenage Engineering has a great eye for industrial design. Their minimal Bluetooth speaker continues that trend, and packs a pair of 4″ bass drivers, neodymium magnet tweeters, and a 38w per channel amp. The “Magic Radio” also records everything you play onto a 2-hour loop that you can rewind and time-stretch.

Thousand Oscillator MegaDrone

Thousand Oscillator MegaDrone

Look Mum No Computer is always building strange and wonderful electronic musical instruments. His latest creation is a massive wall full of oscillator circuits, which, when played together, create an equivalently massive wall of sound. If a symphony played synths instead of strings, it might sound something like this.

Amazon Echo 4th Gen.

Amazon Echo 4th Gen.

Amazon’s Alexa-powered speaker is now an orb, which not only looks cooler, but improves audio quality. The room-filling speaker can stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and more, and can control smarthome devices via voice commands. There’s also a spherical Echo Dot and a Echo Dot for kids.

MoonRun Portable Cardio Trainer

This unique indoor fitness rig lets you run without a treadmill. It connects to a door or other secure location and uses an upright elastic pull to enable low-impact aerobic and resistance training exercises. Its padded bar houses electronics that can track your workouts on a mobile app. Save an extra $25 with code MOONRUN25.

Tiny Arcade 2020 Collection

Tiny Arcade 2020 Collection

Super Impulse makes teensy replicas of classic arcade games. New for Fall 2020 are versions of BurgerTime, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mappy, and a special Hello Kitty Pac-Man. They’ve also got a tiny Pop-A-Shot if you’re into boardwalk basketball. Keep an eye on Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target for these latest releases.

Loupedeck Live

Loupedeck Live

The guys behind the excellent Loupedeck+ photo/video console are back with a controller for live streamers. Loupedeck Live offers integration into streaming tools like Twitch, Streamlabs, and OBS Studio for quick source switching, on-the-fly replay recording, and the ability to customize its buttons based on your workflow.

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