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Making Flat Speakers from Foam Board

Making Flat Speakers from Foam Board

Inspired by a Tech Ingredients video that claimed that a couple of pieces of foam board and inexpensive audio exciters were the “World’s Best Speakers,” AmplifyDIY decided to put the design to the test. It’s hard to know how they sound in person, but he certainly was impressed at the audio that $60 worth of parts can produce.

Rockpals Portable Car Fridge

Rockpals Portable Car Fridge
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Keep your food and drinks nice and cold while on the road with this compact refrigerator unit. Its cavernous main compartment holds up to 50 liters and can drop the temperature inside from 77ºF to 32ºF in just 15 minutes. It runs on 12/24V DC or 110V AC power and offers adjustable temperature control from -4°F to 68°F.

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OXI ONE MIDI + CV Sequencer

OXI ONE MIDI + CV Sequencer

This robust input device for music production and live performance packs not one but four fully configurable and independent sequencers, with LFOs, loopers, arpeggiators, and more. Each supports up to 128 steps, with auto-harmonization capabilities. It connects via MIDI, CV, or Bluetooth.

LEGO Domino Machine 2

LEGO Domino Machine 2

We’ve previously seen a LEGO machine that could neatly distribute and space wooden dominoes. But this one works a bit differently. JK Brickworks‘ machine carries stacks of LEGO bricks in a cartridge then dispenses them to form perfect lines of dominoes. Its drivetrain allows it to be driven in straight lines or curves.

Moose Designs Workstation Bag

Moose Designs Workstation Bag

This versatile laptop bag from Moose Designs not only has lots of pockets and straps for organizing small items, but its main section also opens up to provide a stable work surface for your computer and easy access to accessories and office supplies in its removable workstation panels. Holds up to a 15.6″ laptop.

Soundform Connect AirPlay Adapter

Soundform Connect AirPlay Adapter
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Belkin’s handy accessory can add any set of speakers, receiver, or amplifier to your Wi-Fi network, enabling AirPlay 2 remote streaming from Apple devices. The box has digital optical and a 3.5mm audio connectors, and outputs CD-quality audio. Pre-order now for the June 2021 release.

SampleTron 2

SampleTron 2

IK Multimedia’s virtual instrument can replicate the rich and emotive sounds of tape-based samplers like the Mellotron. SampleTron 2 comes with over 400 virtual tape tracks, including choir, strings, brass, organ, piano, bass, synths, and vocoders. You can also load your own samples and run them through the tape sound engine.

Betka Portable Qi Wireless Charging Power Bank

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Keep your phone charged wherever you go with this portable charging bank. Its 10,000 mAh battery can charge a phone multiple times, it has a Qi-compatible wireless charging plate built-in, and can also power up gadgets via its USB ports. Save 28% in The Awesomer Shop.

MIDI-controlled Slide Whistle

MIDI-controlled Slide Whistle

The slide whistle is one of the goofiest-sounding musical instruments out there. Now, thanks to the engineering smarts of mitxela, we’ve now got a way for a computer to play music on a slide whistle using MIDI commands. It uses a pair of servos and a scissor mechanism to move the slide, and a pump to blow into it.

Google Project Starline

Google Project Starline

Google shows off the future of video calling with a prototype system that makes distant people feel like they’re sitting face-to-face in the same room. It uses multiple cameras, 3D depth sensors, high-speed video compression, and a “light field” display to convey an incredibly realistic sense of depth.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford’s first electric pickup truck has a dual-motor, four-wheel drivetrain that makes either 426 hp or 563 hp and 775 lb-ft. of torque, with a range of 230 or 300 miles. It has a large front storage space in place of the engine and can be equipped with a 2.4kW or 9.6kW Pro Power system for powering AC tools, lights, and more.

Smart Home Fingerprint Lock

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Keep your home safe from intruders and never worry about losing your keys with this high-tech deadbolt lock. It has an integrated biometric scanner so you can open it with just your fingerprint, while also supporting password and remote unlocking using the optional app. Save 42% in The Awesomer Shop.

2022 Kia EV6 Specs

2022 Kia EV6 Specs

Kia follows up on the reveal of its EV6 electric crossover with some impressive specs. Depending on drivetrain, it will offer a 300-mile range and can charge to 80% in less than 18 minutes on a 800v DC fast charger. While its base RWD model has just 167 hp, the tricked out EV6 GT AWD has 576 horses and goes 0-to-60 in under 3.5 sec.

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SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router Machine

SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router Machine
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This compact machine offers a great and inexpensive entry point to computer-controlled fabrication. It can be set up in less than 30 minutes and can mill various materials like foam, wood, plastics, and metals. Its working area measures 300mm x 180mm and can work on objects up to 45mm thick.

LaserCube Piano Key Demo

LaserCube Piano Key Demo

Wicked Lasers shows off a neat use for its LaserCube programmable laser projector and LaserOS software. By syncing up the laser’s beams with MIDI keypresses they’re able to project colorful lights onto the keys of a synthesizer, synced perfectly with the music being performed.

FPV Robot Lawnmower

FPV Robot Lawnmower

There are a number of legitimate robot lawnmowers on the market today, but none are as quite as exciting as the one that I Did a Thing built for himself. Instead of navigating on its own, this robot features an FPV remote control setup, and it looks terrifying. We cringed every time we saw him walking near it without shoes on.

Typewriter Beats

Typewriter Beats

A few years back, John Lagomarsino of The Verge recorded the sounds of various keyboards and edited them together to create a catchy and rhythmic track. The dozen keyboards used include a vintage IBM PC mechanical keyboard, a classic Olympia manual typewriter, and an Apple eMate portable computer.

Bluvy Smart Shower Mirror

Bluvy Smart Shower Mirror

Bring your shower into the 21st century with this slick gadget that combines a touchscreen Android tablet, Bluetooth speakers, lighting, a fogless mirror, and UV-C sanitization lights. Its base unit holds securely with double-sided adhesive pads, while you can easily remove its water-resistant display for recharging.

Ninja Dragon Vortex 9 Drone

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This palm-sized quadcopter has a built-in 4k camera and the ability to send real-time images to your phone via wi-fi. It offers a 6-axis gyroscope and altitude-hold mode for stable flight and automatically returns to where it started with one click. Save 46% in The Awesomer Shop.

The Pizza Compass

The Pizza Compass

A normal compass uses the Earth’s magnetism to point North. But wouldn’t it be useful if compasses could point to more specific things? WIRED challenged maker Joe Grand to build a compass that sniffs out places that serve pizza and points its user in the right direction for a pepperoni fix no matter where they are.

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Rainbow Keycap Set

Rainbow Keycap Set
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Love rainbows? ManaTek’s colorful keycap set gives will make your keyboard look like a pack of square Skittles. The 104-key set comes in either a center-out or wave pattern and fits Cherry MX switches. They’re made from PBT for long life and wear resistance.

Noodle Pad v1.0 Keyboard

Noodle Pad v1.0 Keyboard
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The Mad Noodle’s 8-key mechanical keyboard is fully programmable. It has Cherry MX switches, an knurled encoder knob, and RGB LED accent lighting in its baseplate. Outfit it with custom keycaps and make it your own. It runs QMK firmware for ease of configurability. They also make a special Star Trek edition.

Wainlux L3 Desktop Laser Cutter + Engraver

Wainlux L3 Desktop Laser Cutter + Engraver

This compact desktop laser can cut wood, acrylic, leather, and other textiles, and the 10-watt model can engrave just about anything, including glass and aluminum, and cut through 5mm wood in a single pass. Its bed is large enough for objects up to 8.26″ x 7.48″, and an optional roller allows for engraving cylindrical objects.

Jumbo DeskStand

Jumbo DeskStand

Want to upgrade to a standing desk, but already have a regular desk? The Jumbo DeskStand offers a double-decker design that lets you place your keyboard and mouse on one level, and your display (or displays) on another. Shelf heights are easily adjusted on its 10-slot ladder. Made from durable baltic birch plywood.

Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

BuyStuffStore is working on something truly awesome – a TV stand that can transform from an arcade machine with a 50″ screen into a horizontal pinball table in seconds. It’s shown here with the AtGames Legends Gamer Pro. It’s not in production yet, but they are accepting a small number of participants for their beta tester program.

Olight Obulb Light

Olight Obulb Light
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This tiny 2.13″ diameter sphere provides a splash of light wherever you need it. It has both a warm white light and red emergency light, and runs for up to 56 hours on its low setting. It’s IPX7 waterproof so you can float it in water, and has a magnetic back for attaching to metal surfaces.

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