And the 2020 award for creepiest Kickstarter goes to… Neon Culture’s What’s Your Face LED Mask. This programmable costume lets you replace your face with another with the tap of your phone screen. It has over 2,000 individual LEDs which can be used to display one of a number of digitized faces or animated effects.
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This 1080p HD dash cam has a 170º super-wide-angle lens and automatically records only when motion is detected. It automatically loops when its memory card is full, and its image sensor offers both a wide dynamic range and night vision capability for clear recording day or night. Save 55% in The Awesomer Shop.
The M2 is a CNC machine that can automatically cut shapes in materials up to 4′ x 8′. Instead of taking up table space, it mounts on the wall and uses a precision chain drive to move a router on X/Y axes, while it can adjust the router Z-axis for depth. Sold in kit form, and the DeWalt 611 router shown is sold separately.
Epic Games and Unreal Engine helped to develop the amazing virtual environments used to bring The Mandalorian to life. As this highlight reel shows, theirt technique of combining projected, camera-tracked CG environments with live actors and props has far-reaching potential for all kinds of video production.
Sick of digging through drawers looking for batteries? Keep them all in one spot in this briefcase-style organizer. It’s got foam cutouts for AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and button batteries, along with zippered pockets for other sizes. It also comes with a battery tester, and its makers claim its fireproof, waterproof, and even explosionproof.
Smart home gadgets can make controlling your home easier, from turning on lights when you walk in the door, to seeing who’s at the door from your phone, to keeping your place secure. Our friends at batteriesplus.com and Batteries Plus Bulbs stores offer an array of smart home tech, including these great products from Geeni.
This USB peripheral controls frequently-used features in creative applications. Its mix of programmable buttons, a D-pad, knobs, and a scroll wheel complement your mouse, trackpad, or tablet. It works with a wide variety of Mac and Windows apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Final Cut, Premiere, and more.
This bargain-priced, short-range drone is really easy to use, with automatic take-off, landing, and altitude hold. Its camera captures 720p HD video, and you can watch a live feed of its footage using its companion mobile app. It also has LED lighting for night flights. Grab one today in The Awesomer Shop.
If you’ve got a theatrical Leko light and a metal pattern gobo lying around, you can project your own Bat-signal with ease. But if you don’t and you’re resourceful like NightHawkInLight, you can still build one, using a flashlight like the crazy-bright Imalent MS18, along with lenses and parts you can buy from eBay.
Despite being just 3.3″ tall, Apple’s smart speaker kicks out room-filling 360º sound. Its spherical mesh enclosure looks great, and it works as a wireless audio system, voice-based smart home controller, and personal assistant for up to six different people. To protect privacy, it ONLY listens when you prompt it with “Hey Siri.”
Ampere’s waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker never needs to be plugged in. Instead, it uses a hydroelectric generator to capture energy from the water flowing to your shower head. Its design provides omnidirectional sound and it can pair with a second mini speaker for sound throughout your bathroom.
If you have lots of small parts in your workshop, it can be a challenge to keep them organized. Engineer Dustin Dobransky built a voice-based system using Google Home, IFTTT, a Particle Photon microcontroller, and LED strip lights to place and find items in unlabeled bins. Complete build details on Instructables.
Improve your bicycle’s nighttime safety and visibility without installing extra equipment. Simply place this water bottle into your bottle cage, and you’ll get a bright source of light. It runs for up to 8 hours in constant mode, and 16 hours in flash mode. Of course, it still holds drinks too.
Keep your phone juiced up whenever you need it with this 4000mAh battery pack. In addition to a standard USB charging port, it has a wireless Qi charger, so you can recharge two devices at once. Save 62% off the list price in The Awesomer Shop.
Hot stone massage can be so soothing. Now you can enjoy the same warmth and peaceful experience at home with Elo. The set includes a heated base station, seven smooth volcanic rocks, and a silicone stone mat. The Elo offers three heat settings, a built-in diffuser, LED lighting, and will offer smartphone control.
Let a loved one know you’re thinking about them whether you’re across town or across the globe. These wi-fi connected lamps change colors when someone touches the one it’s been paired with. Just tap, and the other light will match the color of its partner. Sold individually or in pairs.
This unique wristwatch from TokyoFlash Japan features a display inspired by an graphic equalizer. But instead of displaying audio frequencies and volume levels, its green dots light up to indicate the current time and date. The oversized watch uses an LED-backlit LCD panel to create the effect. Available with a black or silver case.
Keep your laptop well ventilated with the Light of Throne cooling pad. Its quiet, high-speed fan provides a continuous and even flow of air to help disperse heat. It fits laptops from 14″ to 18″ and has built-in RGB lighting with 15 different color modes, as well as an extra USB port.
Motorola’s innovative Tech3 earbuds combine three styles in one headphone: true wireless, sport loop, and wired via a 3.5mm stereo plug. They offer easy operation with one-step pairing and tangle-free cord storage. Coupled with the Hubble Connect for VerveLife app, assistance features can even help find lost earbuds.
This short-throw laser projector sits just 11.3″ off of the wall, but cranks out a massive 100″ diagonal picture. It comes with a special wall-mounted screen that rejects ambient light for use in all lighting conditions. Its DLP chip has a native 4K resolution, HDR support, Android TV, and dbx-tv cinematic sound.
Keep track of your activity, sleep, and heart rate with this slimline fitness watch. It has a round touchscreen, is IP67-rated waterproof, and can run for several days on a single charge. Originally priced at $199, it’s just $45 in The Awesomer Shop.
With a price approaching some 3D printers, the 3Doodler Pro+ isn’t for everyone, but it does feature big upgrades including a powerful dual-drive system, precision temperature controls that enable more intricate and consistent drawings. It can print with ABS, PLA, FLEXY, wood, copper, bronze, and nylon filaments.
Inspired by two previous Instructables projects, maker Wolspaw came up with the idea of building a truly unique calendar. Their machine uses a series of three rotating gears to display the current day and date, which appear as if by magic out of a bunch of seemingly random symbols.
With the help of Amazon Alexa and various smart home tech, Josh of MAKE. ART. NOW. built a studio packed with automation. The space incorporates smart power strips, smart light bulbs, and a security system that can all be remotely controlled. Using Alexa to turn off noisy appliances while recording is a really smart idea.
Hadouken! Teenage Engineering has teamed up with Capcom to create two pocket-sized sound makers, the PO-133 Street Fighter, and the PO-128 Mega Man. The Street Fighter model is a micro sampler with a built-in mic, while the Mega Man version is an 8-bit synthesizer. Both include sounds based on the games.
Retro software experts Squirrel Monkey look back a series of fictitious programs from the late 1980s that were designed to help people talk to the dead and predict the future. Early PC software was apparently way creepier than we remember it. And yes, we know the World Wide Web didn’t actually start until 1989.
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