Alienware turned up at CES 2020 with a prototype gaming system that’s basically a Nintendo Switch, but with all of the capability of a Windows 10 gaming PC. The portable device can run all of your favorite PC games on its 8″ screen, and has detachable controllers. There’s no word on specs or if it will go into production yet.
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To celebrate his love for Star Wars and The Mandalorian (and his need to edit lots of video), builder WorksByaHurst decided to make himself an awesome gaming PC that looks like the Jawas’ sandcrawler. After cutting out a cardboard mockup, he used the pieces to cut out sheets of steel, which he welded together to form the PC case.
Korg packs the awesomely rich and rhythmic sounds of its classic Wavestation synthesizer into a compact 37-note model called Wavestate. Its wave sequencing sound engine generates totally unique tones, and can produce up to 64 stereo polyphony. In-depth demo video here.
This high tech art toy lets you take any image and convert it into a pixel art template. Use your phone to upload a pic, and the smART Pixelator’s LEDs light up so you can place colored pegs, beads, or sequins in the right spots. With its interchangeable frames or hot-melt beads, you can save your designs permanently.
Automotive and mobility company Toyota plans on establishing a 175-acre site at the foot of Japan’s Mt. Fuji to build a prototype city of the future. The location, known as “Woven City” will serve as a real world testbed for tech including autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes, alternative energy, and AI, among others.
Sony turned up at CES 2020 with a surprise – a concept car. The Vision-S is designed as a demonstration platform for in-car technologies, from autonomy and safety systems, to entertainment and comfort. The car packs dozens of sensors, multiple widescreen displays, 360º surround audio, and runs on an all-new EV platform.
Samsung’s 2020 flagship display not only features an insanely sharp 8K QLED panel, but for all practical purposes, it has no bezel, giving its images a more artful appearance than ever. It also packs the latest in AI-based upscaling tech so your 4K and lower-res content will still look great. It will come in 65″, 75″, and 85″ sizes.
It’s hard to make a laptop better when it was so good to begin with, but Dell continues to make small but meaningful changes to its XPS 13. Its display bezels are now nearly gone on all four sides, it has larger keys, a larger trackpad, and a range of 10th-gen Intel Ice Lake CPUs to choose from. Available 1/7/20.
One of the challenges with cheap desktop 3D printers is their limited bed size usually means lots of supervision if you need multiple parts. But this nifty hack by Swaleh Owais incorporates a conveyor belt print surface that can eject parts and then move on to the next one without human intervention. By angling its print head, it can also print very long objects.
Electronics maker Anker teamed up with office furniture maker Steelcase to make this charger for on-the-go teams. Featuring a kettlebell handle, this 3 lb. gadget packs a 60,000 mAh battery, three 60W USB-C ports, and one 12W USB-A port for sharing power between laptops and other gadgets, and juices up on a charging tray.
It can be a pain to fumble around to control your music with gloves on. This water-resistant accessory straps around your arm and and gives you quick and easy-to-use oversize buttons to pause and play tunes, skip forward or backwards, adjust volume, or even snap selfies. It also can cling to bathroom tiles or mirrors.
This refurbished 2011 Mac Mini isn’t going to win any speed records, but it’s a cheap way to pick up a great little computer with lots of ports. It’s got a 2.3GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD, and measures just 7.7″ square by 1.4″ tall. Grab one today in The Awesomer Shop.
A fun stunt flyer you control using your smartphone. It’s designed for easy operation, and comes with a special joystick that sticks onto your phone’s screen. Flies for up to 12 minutes per charge with a range up to 200 feet.
Anker’s 12-watt Bluetooth speaker kicks out a surprising amount of bass and delivers immersive 360º audio. It supports pairing two speakers for stereo sound, its LED light ring can pulse to the beat of your music, and it’s even waterproof. For even more volume, check out the 25-watt Flare+
The Fingerbot is a tiny machine you can install over existing switches for lights, appliances, and other devices, bestowing them with remote-control capability. Its modular design works with a variety of button and toggle switch styles. Grab the Adaprox Bridge to add Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other cloud-based control.
Hyperspace Lighting’s amazing lamp has a structure made up of full-color LED light strips, set into a cube of one-way mirrored acrylic panels. The result is the coolest infinity lamp we’ve ever seen. It works with a companion mobile app to adjust its lighting effects, and has a sound-reactive mode. Comes in 10″ and 15″ sizes.
This modern tabletop lamp features a tilted acrylic shade which hangs from the side rather than the center of its structure. It uses LEDs to provide a diffuse lighting effect, and offers five brightness and five color temperature settings. Its metal and glass base doubles as a Qi wireless charger for your smartphone.
Tesla’s Cybertruck might be getting most of the attention, but well-funded startup Rivian is working on an electric pickup that actually looks like a truck. Its R1T and R1S have offer a neat party trick – the ability to turn on a dime by independently controlling its four motors. It only works on loose terrain, but it’s still awesome.
This Bluetooth gadget works with your phone to record and transcribe speech to text, and can translate between 12 different languages. It uses AI tech for basic translations, and provides access to a paid interpreter service for more complex conversations. Save an extra 20% with code 20SAVE20. (Expires 1/2/20 @ 12:30pm PST)
This high-tech training tool helps anyone learn to play guitar. The digital instrument features real guitar strings, and works with a companion app to play sounds and provide feedback on your performance. Available in righty and lefty versions. Save an extra 15% with code HAPPYHOLIDAYS (exp. 12/25/19 at 11:59pm PST)
Do you hate having to charge your wireless headphones? Well, audio maker JBL is working on a new headphone that never needs charging. It uses Exeger’s Powerfoyle tech to capture both natural and artificial light and convert that into power for your cans. Just 1.5 hours outside generates 68 hours of playtime.
One of the big problems with Roombas and other robot vacuum cleaners is that they can’t go up or down stairs. Leave it to builder Peter Sripol and his pals to come up with a solution. They attached three ducted fans to a cheap Roomba knock-off, so it can fly like a drone between floors.
With builds like this and this, maker Giaco Whatever isn’t exactly known for his subtlety. So when he wanted to shoot a promo video for an upcoming Kickstarter campaign, he not only busted out one of those crazy Laowa probe lenses, but he fabricated a camera mount for an industrial robot to give it motion control.
Up your mobile audio game with Shure’s MFi-certified stereo mic for iOS devices. It augments your iPad or iPhone with pro recording abilities. Includes Shure’s MOTIV app which captures uncompressed 24-bit/48 khz audio, controls the mic’s five DSP modes, and more. Save an extra 15% with code MerrySave15. (Exp. 12/25/19)
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