Bitluni’s Lab follows up his sweet LED video wall with a much bigger and more spectacular version. This time, the light grid is made up of 1200 RGB LEDs, set into a punched sheet of aluminum, each capped with a ping pong ball to diffuse the light. This one can also stream live video.
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Bump up your storage space with this huge 4 terabyte external hard drive from Fantom. The G-Force 3 Pro has a 7200 RPM hard drive, and connects easily to any USB port for transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. Save 24% off the list price in The Awesomer Shop.
This portable 20,000mAh power bank cranks out a total of 150-watts, and includes a 100-watt USB-C port for charging laptops. It can charge up to four gadgets at once, and claims exceptional speed, low temperatures, and long life thanks to its Tesla-sourced graphene batteries. It also has a wireless charging pad.
While most of us use our phones or computers when we need to do math, sometimes a desktop calculator can be more convenient. This model from Sengu will look great on your desk, with its case and keycaps made from real bamboo wood. Available in 29-key or 18-key variants.
Samsung drops three new flagship phones, the 6.2″ S20, the 6.7″ S20+, and the 6.9″ S20 Ultra. The big news here is the cameras, with the S20 and S20+ getting a 64mp resolution, 4X “hybrid optic”/30X digital zoom, and the S20 Ultra getting a 108mp camera with 10x “hybrid optic”/100x digital zoom. They also offer 5G and up to 8K video.
The Apex Pro is designed to offer the fastest response time (0.7ms) and longest life (100 million presses) of any mechanical keyboard you can buy. It also lets you customize the actuation distance of each key individually, has customizable RGB backlighting, and a programmable OLED display and command wheel.
Virtually every word written on this website is composed on a clicky mechanical keyboard. If you love the sound of clicky keys too, then take a listen to Mechanical Keyboard Sounds: Recordings of Bespoke and Customized Mechanical Keyboards, an album by Taeha Types and Trunk Records, demonstrated here by LGR Blerbs.
Skate4create makes all kinds of nifty items from recycled skateboard decks. One of our faves is this unique Qi wireless charger. It’s one of the few we’ve seen that doesn’t just look like a hunk of plastic, and we’d be happy to display it on our desk, with or without a phone sitting on it.
Inspired in part by a scene in The Dark Knight, maker Coltography decided he wanted a fully-illuminated drop-tile ceiling. While he could have gone with old school fluorescent tubes, he built his system using lots of LED light strips. Those touch-based wall controls he made are really slick.
Electronics geeks would love to have a table like the one that New Yorkshire Workshop made. Watch as the artist painstakingly applies gold leaf to produce jumbo metal circuit board traces on a dyed-blue maple veneer, then gives it a nice shiny clear coat. Watch how he made the twisted “wire” copper legs here.
This ridiculously powerful boombox cranks out up to 1000 watts of power via its two 4″ tweeters and four 8″ woofers, for seriously banging bass. It’s got built-in Bluetooth connectivity, runs for up to 12h per charge, and doubles as a guitar amp. Our favorite style is the graffiti pattern.
Smartphone dominating your life? The Punkt. MP02 is all about going back to basics. This minimal phone is designed for phone calls, texting, and contacts only, while still offering 4G connectivity and a wi-fi hotspot. It’s also durable, and its battery will run on standby for up to 180 hours. Save $50 in The Awesomer Shop.
This slimline keyboard and docking station is the perfect accessory for laptop owners. It connects to your USB-C port, not only giving you a full-size keyboard, but HDMI, USB-A, USB-C ports, as well as TF and full-size SD card readers. It features a 100% aluminum chassis, high-quality scissor switch keys, and white backlighting.
Drone photography expert DJI takes on GoPro with a powerful standalone action cam. The Osmo Action captures 4K HDR video, offers built-in stabilization, is waterproof to 11m, shoots 8x slow motion, and has screens on both rear and front for shooting selfies. Plus, it’s compatible with GoPro mounts.
Using neural network tech, Denis Shiryaev was able to take some very early film footage, and upconvert it to display at 60 frames per second. The original Lumière Brothers film, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat dates back to 1896. There are definitely some strange artifacts, but it’s unusual to see such old footage moving so smoothly.
What do you get when you take a bunch of old Garfield comic strips and feed them into a machine learning algorithm designed to morph them into a cohesive animation sequence? Nightmares, that’s what. Go figure it was the guy behind Garfield Gameboy’d that tipped us off to Daniel Hanley’s bizarre AI experiment.
This modern bicycle helmet has a rear-mounted grid of 77 color LEDs which can be used to indicate when you’re braking or turning, as well as to display animations. The LEDs can be activated via handlebar controls or an Apple Watch app. In addition, there’s a row of bright white LEDs in front which improve forward visibility.
While crowdsourcing traffic data generally has improved the quality of navigation services, it’s also possible that the data could be manipulated. Berlin artist Simon Weckert shows how he was able to create non-existent traffic jams on Google Maps by walking through empty streets while pulling a wagon full of 99 cell phones.
This gadget lets you add a backup camera to older vehicles with ease. The FenSens wireless backup camera mounts around your license plate, and adds a fully-wireless HD camera that can stream 1080p video to your smartphone’s screen via Wi-Fi. It recharges automatically using solar power, and installs in just minutes.
Enthusiast gear retailer DROP teamed up with THX to create the ultimate Bluetooth headphone. These cans have phase-correct planar ribbon drivers, a low-noise THX AAA amplifier circuit, and Sony’s LDAC wireless codec to produce audiophile sound without wires. They offer 30+ hour battery life, and can be run via a passive wired connection.
Dyson’s second high-end desk lamp offers multiple pivot and swivel points, so you can aim it exactly where needed. Its light module automatically adjusts its color temperature and brightness throughout the day, and its base column doubles as an ambient light when you don’t need a point source. Available as a desk or a floor lamp.
These days, everyone carries a videophone in their pocket. But before the days of iPhones and Galaxies, calling someone and seeing them at the same time was difficult and expensive to achieve. Techmoan shows off one of the earlier examples of a working video calling system, British Telecom’s VC 7000, which dates back to 1993.
Filmic’s amazing app for multi-camera phones like the iPhone XS, iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Pro lets you capture two videos at the same time, so you can mix and match footage of wide, telephoto, standard, or selfie footage at the exact same point in time. Best of all, it’s free to download.
Watching live theatre can be challenging for deaf people. Sign interpreters and captioning boards help, but this new tech developed at the National Theatre in London gives people with hearing loss a much better experience – displaying captions that float right in front of their eyes. Freethink explains how it works.
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