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Paper-Thin Speaker

Paper-Thin Speaker

Engineers from MIT have developed an incredibly thin and lightweight speaker that flexes like a sheet of paper. The piezoelectric speaker’s volume increases when it comes into contact with other surfaces, so theoretically, it could be used to turn entire walls into immersive, room-size loudspeakers.

Monster Blaster 3.0 Boombox

Monster Blaster 3.0 Boombox
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Monster’s powerful Bluetooth boombox kicks out huge volume thanks to seven speakers and 120-watts of amplification. It runs for up to 12 hours on a charge and features tech which dynamically adapts equalization based on the environment and has indoor and outdoor modes.

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MagStick MagSafe Tripod

MagStick MagSafe Tripod

The MagStick is a pro-quality tripod designed for iPhones and other phones with the addition of a metallic ring. A powerful magnet holds phones in place firmly, while a clamp adds security. It works as both a selfie stick and a tripod, has mounts for a light and a microphone, and has a Bluetooth remote in its handle.

Robot Mouse Aimbot

Robot Mouse Aimbot

Do you suck at first-person shooters? Kamal Carter might have the solution. He built a servo-controlled robotic rig that moves a mouse exactly where targets are by scanning the screen for specific colors. It cheats quite well in the FPS trainer AimLab, but it’ll need more work to be accurate in a real game.

Chrysler Airflow Concept

Chrysler Airflow Concept

EVs dominated the 2022 New York Int’l Auto Show. Demonstrating their ambitions to go all-electric by 2028, Chrysler unveiled a graphite version of its Airflow Concept with a 400-mile range. The sleek crossover offers a panoramic glass roof, fast charging, intuitive AI, and tech to sync vehicle, work, and home environments.

Animation Inside a 3D Print

Animation Inside a 3D Print

Time-lapse 3D printing footage can look pretty awesome. Maker Caleb Kraft was wondering if it might be possible to add another layer of interest to models as they print, so he figured out a way to embed an animated flipbook that tells a story as the print is completed. The files are available for download on Printables.

Super Mario Bros. on Tesla Coils

Super Mario Bros. on Tesla Coils

Franzoli Electronics is back with another great musical performance on his trio of tesla coils. This time the high voltage towers zap out an energetic cover of Koji Kondo’s oft-played theme music from Super Mario Bros. More of a Zelda fan? Be sure to check out his Tesla cover of The Legend of Zelda’s theme.

Ampere Side Pocket Charging Bag

Ampere Side Pocket Charging Bag
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Ampere’s versatile everyday bag can be worn as a sling, fanny pack, or carried like a clutch. Plus, its included 13,400 mAh power bank wirelessly charges your phone on the go. Its shell and zippers are waterproof, and its spacious interior is big enough to hold two beer cans.

Shine Portable Wind Turbine

Shine Portable Wind Turbine

We’ve all seen those giant windmills dotting the landscape. Now, you can carry a wind-powered generator to capture energy wherever the winds take you. The Shine Turbine weighs just 3 pounds, sets up in 2 minutes, and can produce up to 40 watts of power. It works in winds from 8 to 28 mph and has a 12000 mAh internal battery.

Building a Googol Counter

Building a Googol Counter

Googol is the mathematical label for 10 to the hundredth power or 1 followed by 100 zeros. If you tried to count to a Googol, even in milliseconds, you’ll never live to see the end of your count. Look Mum No Computer built an electronic counter that he hopes can be kept alive and running well past his time here on Earth.

Printed Circuit Birds

Printed Circuit Birds

Multimedia artist Kelly Heaton makes these unique synthesizer circuits in the shape of birds. Not only do they look like our fine feathered friends, but the sounds they make are reminiscent of birdsong. Check out Kelly’s Instagram for more of her wonderful electronic projects.

Skeletonics Robot Exoskeleton

Skeletonics Robot Exoskeleton

This amazing exoskeleton suit from Skeletonics straps around a human pilot and amplifies their movements without using any motors or electrical components. While it’s not capable of lifting heavy objects like some exosuits, seeing the 9-foot-tall kinetically-powered mech mirror its operator’s movements is pretty amazing.

Razer Leviathan V2 Soundbar

Razer Leviathan V2 Soundbar
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Razer’s all-in-one audio system is like a home theater soundbar for your computer. It has two tweeters, two full-range drivers, a downward-firing subwoofer, immersive THX spatial audio, and Razer Chroma RGB lighting. Bluetooth 5.2 support lets you switch instantly between your computer and mobile devices.

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Engraved Metal Computer Mouse

Engraved Metal Computer Mouse

The vast majority of computer mice are made out of cheap plastic. Artist Uri Tuchman wanted to create something with a bit more substance, so he took the electronics out of a mouse and painstakingly crafted a new enclosure out of brass then engraved it with an ornate filigree pattern.

Teenage Engineering TX-6 Mixer

Teenage Engineering TX-6 Mixer

Electronic instrument and gear maker Teenage Engineering applied their minimalist design to this palm-sized mixing board. The TX-6 runs on batteries and has six 3.5mm stereo inputs, an equalizer, effects, synthesizer and sequencer, and an iOS app. It’s made from aluminum with a PU leather pad on back.

LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth Speaker

LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth Speaker
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LG’s cylindrical speaker projects audio in all directions, enveloping your space with sound. It’s engineered to deliver smooth and consistent frequencies across the spectrum, and it runs for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It’s also got LED mood lighting and can be connected with a second XBOOM 360 for double the output.

Waterjet Glass Spiral

Waterjet Glass Spiral

With enough power to cut through glass or even metal, industrial waterjets can be incredibly impressive. In this video from WARDJet, they show how one of their computer-controlled machines can slice a spiral so precisely in a sheet of glass that the glass can be stretched out into a dome after cutting.

Magnetic Slime Robot

Magnetic Slime Robot

This yucky blob looks like something your dog might leave on the grass, but it’s actually a liquid robot that can be controlled by a human. AsapSCIENCE speaks with Professor Li Zhang to learn about his team’s so-called slime robot, how it works, and its potentially life-saving applications.

Playing a Guitar Through a Modular Synthesizer

Playing a Guitar Through a Modular Synthesizer

Guitarist Rob Scallon previously played his guitar through the world’s largest effects pedal board. This time, he and fellow musician Andrew Huang ran the sounds of this electric guitar through his enormous wall of modular synthesizers, resulting in some of most interesting sounds ever produced by a string instrument.

Creator Board Keyboard

Creator Board Keyboard
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Worklouder’s ortholinear grid keyboard is designed for digital content creators. Its modular design lets you install a mix of keys and rotary dials. It has a compact 60% footprint, is fully programmable, and has four key layers so you can switch between 236 different keys. They also make a mini version called the Creator Micro.

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Bricklaying Robot

Bricklaying Robot

Laying bricks by hand is a laborious process. Aussi company FBR’s Hadrian X robot automates the process. The robot is loaded with a CAD layout, dispenses blocks, applies adhesive, and precisely places each one until the structure is complete. A single human monitors the robot from inside of its control vehicle.

Game Controller Keycap

Game Controller Keycap
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This keycap from HolyOOPS looks like a tiny game controller with D-pad, ABXY, and start/select buttons. It’s made from CNC-machined aluminum with silicone buttons that let light shine through. At 1.75u wide, it’s the perfect replacement for your Caps Lock key and is compatible with Cherry MX switches and clones.

Tom Scott’s Robot Double

Tom Scott’s Robot Double

The always informative and compelling vlogger Tom Scott visited Engineering Arts to check out their work in humanoid robotics. What he was greeted by was a mechanical doppelgänger the team built, which Tom commissioned to deliver sponsor’s messages on his behalf.

Face-Controlled Computer

Face-Controlled Computer

Typically, when you want to input text into a computer, you need a keyboard or dictation software. But Fletcher over at Everything Is Hacked wanted to type without using his hands or making a sound, so he got to coding an application that can interpret facial gestures and convert them into keypresses.

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Long for the startup sound of your old Macintosh? Or perhaps the squeal of a dial-up modem? Save the Sounds’ Museum of Endangered Sounds offers an online soundboard where you can enjoy the sounds of retro technology any time you’re feeling nostalgic. Try playing them all at the same time for fun.

Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Concept

Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Concept

This powerful electric off-roader is one of the concepts headed to the 56th Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Its axial-flux electric motor cranks out 625 hp and 850 lb-ft. of torque, silently and effortlessly traversing rocky terrain. It’s 12″ wider than a stock 2-door Wrangler and has a 3″ lift kit, 20″ wheels, and massive 40″ all-terrain tires.

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