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DJI FlyCart 30 Delivery Drone

DJI FlyCart 30 Delivery Drone

DJI is best known for its high-quality videography drones. Their FlyCart 30 quadrotor is meant for delivering goods to remote locations. It can carry up to 66 pounds with a range of 9.9 miles and speeds up to 44.7 mph. DJI says it can fly in temperatures from -4° to 113° F and winds up to 26.8 mph. Its winch can also lower items into locations without having to land.

Sousaphone Light Show

Sousaphone Light Show

Brass instruments like the tuba and its smaller brother, the sousaphone, make some of the best sounds in a marching band. John Baylies, aka Sousasteps, upgraded his sousaphone in two ways: it controls a synthesizer, so it sounds like an electronic didgeridoo, and its bell is packed with LEDs that change in sync with the music.

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Rock Bros Bike Bag + Phone Mount

Rock Bros Bike Bag + Phone Mount
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This bike accessory combines two useful functions – a mount for viewing maps and information on your phone, along with a storage bag for your wallet, keys, bike tools, or other small accessories. It comes in both a top-tube mount and handlebar version. It’s waterproof and has a built-in sunshade for your phone screen.

Microwaving CDs in Super Slow Motion

Microwaving CDs in Super Slow Motion

We don’t recommend trying this at home, but if you pop a compact disc into a microwave oven and turn it on, it’ll put on a brief but spectacular light show. The Slow Mo Guys rigged up a macro probe lens and their high-speed cameras to capture the miniature electrical storm in amazing detail. Then they scrambled some eggs.

Making the Apple Vision Pro

Making the Apple Vision Pro

Whether or not you think the spatial computing tech in the Apple Vision Pro headset will take off, it’s an impressive piece of hardware. Apple gives us a rare glimpse into the modern manufacturing techniques used in crafting the device, including custom-cut and bent glass, an engineered fabric band, and a precision-machined aluminum bezel.

Disney Imagineer Shows Off Holotile Floor

Disney Imagineer Shows Off Holotile Floor

Research Fellow and Imagineer Lanny Smoot is only the second Disney cast member to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The first was Walt Disney. In this video, Lanny shows off a few of his incredible creations, including an amazing interactive “Holotile” floor that moves beneath your feet.

VinFast DrgnFly E-Bike

VinFast DrgnFly E-Bike

VinFast Auto didn’t just stand out at CES 2024 for its unexpected reveal of its futuristic VF Wild electric pickup truck concept. The young Vietnamese company also launched its DrgnFly electric bike just one year after its initial showcase.

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Exposed Circuit Nixie Tube Clock

Exposed Circuit Nixie Tube Clock
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This unique desk clock combines vintage tech with natural looks. At its center is an exposed circuit board with vintage IV-9 Nixie tubes. A hardwood frame complements the warm orange glow of its tubes. Its circuitry includes a DS3231 clock chip and an ESP8266 wi-fi module to maintain accurate time via the internet. It measures 4.92″ x 4.92″ x 2.12″.

FiiO CP13 Portable Cassette Player

FiiO CP13 Portable Cassette Player

FiiO is known for its high-fidelity digital audio gear. Now, they’ve gone retro with the CP13, a portable cassette player that pays tribute to the classic Sony Walkman. The silvery-blue gadget works much like cassette players of yore, only playing via wired headphones, but it has a built-in rechargeable battery. Drops spring 2024 for about $150.

Infinite Neon Sign Effect

Infinite Neon Sign Effect

Chinese sign maker Star Road Factory has perfected an infinite neon effect by sandwiching LEDs between sheets of acrylic and a mirrored backing to create an awesome infinite light effect that looks even cooler when changing perspective. They have another TikTok channel that shows off more of their work.

MakaGiC VS01 Electric Vise

MakaGiC VS01 Electric Vise

You only need to overtighten and break one object in a vise, and you’ll realize there’s value in a vise that can automatically adjust its grip to hold items at a set intensity level. The MakaGiC VS01 motorized vise grips items with the push of a button and holds items up to 125 mm (4.92″) wide. An add-on work light includes a magnifier for working on small parts.

Möbius Strip Tank

Möbius Strip Tank

Engineer James Bruton has been experimenting with designs for a unique tank with treads that twist like a Möbius strip. After an earlier design that struggled with steering, his revised tank can bend at its center to drive around corners. It’s not a particularly practical design, but it sure is cool to watch in action.

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The Dial-up Modem Song

The Dial-up Modem Song

Before broadband internet was a thing, we had dial-up modems. These devices used regular phone lines to send sounds that represented data, and the beeps and squeals they made when connecting were awful. But in the talented hands of remixer Eclectic Method (aka Jonny Wilson), these sounds have a certain musicality when given a backbeat.

Atari 400 Mini Game System

Atari 400 Mini Game System

The Atari 400 Mini emulates all of the classic Atari 8-bit systems, including the 400, 800XL, and Atari 5200 game consoles. The modernized system has an HDMI video output and USB controller inputs. It comes with 25 games, including Berzerk, Millipede, Miner 2049er, M.U.L.E., and Star Raiders II, and you can load more via USB. An Amazon UK exclusive.

LunaKron 2.1 Moon Phase Clock

LunaKron 2.1 Moon Phase Clock
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Instead of telling time, Digital Horology’s LunaKron 2.1 clock displays the current moon phase. It uses GPS data to calculate the date and which phase to show. It’s made from acrylic and fiberboard, and the photographic moon is backlit by 256 LEDs. They also make the LunaKron 1, which has backlit cutouts representing each of the moon’s eight phases.

Rabbit R1 AI Pocket Companion

Rabbit R1 AI Pocket Companion
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Tech startup Rabbit turned up at CES 2024 with a pocket-size virtual assistant. Designed in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, the gadget can rapidly answer questions using AI. It has a push-to-talk button, a 2.88″ touchscreen, an analog scroll wheel, two microphones, a speaker, and a rotating camera. The demo kicks off at 6:33 in the video.

Wool Felt + Leather Cable Organizer

Wool Felt + Leather Cable Organizer
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CitySheep handmakes these organizer pouches for carrying cables and other accessories. They’re crafted from natural wool felt and leather and have two pockets for headphones, chargers, mice, and more. There’s also a leather pen/pencil loop and twin magnetic closures. They also make matching laptop and iPad cases.

How AA Batteries Are Made

How AA Batteries Are Made

Zinc carbon batteries are the cheapest kind of batteries you can buy. Alkaline and lithium batteries last longer, but that doesn’t make this factory video any less fascinating. Miracle Process took their cameras inside a Chinese factory that uses an army of machines to crank out millions of zinc-carbon batteries each year. Turn on captions.

Four Interesting Uses for AI Tech

Four Interesting Uses for AI Tech

The use of artificial intelligence to generate and manipulate images has had its share of controversy, but recent technological advancements are still amazing. Two Minute Papers explores four very different ways to use AI: making still images dance, compressing video conferencing, upscaling video resolution, and making software that can identify smells.

Barrett Creative Wood Keyboards

Barrett Creative Wood Keyboards
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Keyboard enthusiast and woodworker Barrett Creative makes beautiful wood keyboard cases. They’re sold in kit form with a KL-90 circuit board, encoder(s), and a matching wooden knob(s). They’re currently available in Woodland, Rustic, and Infernum kits. Keycaps, switches, and stabilizers are not included. Hipyotech has a hands-on look at one of these keyboards.

Nxtabl Smart Coffee Table

Nxtabl Smart Coffee Table

This unique coffee table has a built-in 43″ touchscreen and tilts from a flat to an angled display. The Nxtbl’s 4K screen is backed by Android 13 and has HDMI, USB-A, and USB-C connectors. It has a waterproof, scratchproof, and glare-resistant tempered glass surface and works for gaming, computing, watching videos, and Zoom calls with an external camera.

Making a Nintendo PlayStation

Making a Nintendo PlayStation

In 1994, Sony and Nintendo collaborated on an unreleased video game console that birthed the PlayStation name. While there is a rare prototype of the system, James Channel thought it would be fun to build his own. His Frankenstein’s monster of a console has the body of a Super Famicom, the brains of a PlayStation, and a sketchy exposed CD-ROM drive.

Withings BeamO Health Multiscope

Withings BeamO Health Multiscope

Health technology is inching closer than ever to Star Trek’s sickbay. The Withings BeamO combines a digital thermometer, a stethoscope, a fingertip electrocardiogram, and a blood oxygen meter in one small gadget. It can help detect and track various health issues and upload and share data to your doctor. It’s expected to drop later in 2024 for around $250.

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