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The Evolution of Unreal Engine

The Evolution of Unreal Engine

The first game to use Unreal Engine was… Unreal. Since it appeared on the scene in 1996, computer graphics technology has evolved in leaps and bounds. GameSpot looks back at the history of Epic’s 3D game engine, and just how far it’s come over the years, even powering the environments in The Mandalorian.

Jazz Popcorn Robot

Jazz Popcorn Robot

Musician Moritz Simon Geist creates music with the help of robots. For this performance, he set up a pan filled with hot oil, popcorn, and sensors that triggered strikes on a drum kit each time a popcorn kernel burst open. The resulting beats are definitely giving us a jazz fusion vibe.

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Wireless HDMI Video Streamer

This gadget adds wireless video streaming capabilities to any TV with an HDMI port. It offers support for DLNA, Airplay, Miracast, Ezcast, Airplay mirror, and more, streaming video content smoothly at up to 1080p resolution via a 5GHz Wi-Fi connection.

C SEED M1 Folding TV

C SEED M1 Folding TV

Designed for those with the deepest pockets, C SEED’s awe-inspiring television not only has a massive 165″ diagonal screen, it folds up and hides under the floor when not in use. Its MicroLED display offers a 4K resolution, and the system has an integrated high-end audio system. The price? $400,000.

Wool Felt + Leather Cable Organizer

Wool Felt + Leather Cable Organizer

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.

Volumetric OLED Display

Volumetric OLED Display

A volumetric display can show images that produce the illusion of depth. After maker Sean Hodgins got his hands on some see-through OLED displays, he designed and built a miniature display that can display a 3D image by spreading its components across its multiple layers. This thing looks straight out of science fiction.

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.

Byte Size Comparison

Byte Size Comparison

It’s estimated that the amount of data stored on the Internet as of 2020 was around 40 zettabytes. If you can’t count that high, MetaBallStudios is here to provide some perspective on the relative size of various data measurements, envisioning a single byte as a 1-millimeter cube, and scaling up from there.

HyperCube Infinity Lamp

HyperCube Infinity Lamp

This amazing and colorful accent light 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.

Sunne Solar Light

Sunne Solar Light

Designed by Marjan van Aubel, the Sunne is a modern ambient lighting source that harvests solar energy during the daytime, providing illumination at night. The light hangs in a window and automatically turns on at dusk. Its touch control offers three color settings: rise, light, and set. It’s made from anodized aluminum and acrylic.

Cardo Packtalk Ski

Cardo Packtalk Ski

Keep your ski pals connected with this intercom system that clips onto helmets for 8 hours of talk time. Cardo Packtalk Ski’s integrated boom mic allows skiers and snowboarders to chat, take phone calls, or stream music while shushing downhill, reconnecting group members who temporarily veer out of the 1km range.

PhiGolf Golf Simulator

Improve your golf swing in the comfort of your living room. The PhiGolf swing sensor works with your clubs or the included swing stick to track your every move. When used with the WGT Golf app mirrored from your smartphone to your TV, you can even see where the ball went. Use code GOLF10 at checkout to save $59.

The Egg Machine

The Egg Machine

There’s something immensely satisfying about this video of the SANOVO OptiBreaker, a specialized assembly line machine which ingests over 200,000 eggs hourly, gently cracks each one, then separates the whites from the yolks. It also can wash itself automatically.

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Squid Warehouse Robots

Squid Warehouse Robots

BionicHIVE’s unusual warehouse worker robots not only can scurry about on the ground, but they can hook themselves onto tracks on shelving units and climb vertically. They can load and carry small packages and take up very little space so that shelving units can be placed closer together than normal.

The Flying Roomba

The Flying Roomba

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.

Elgato Wave Acoustic Panels

Elgato Wave Acoustic Panels

Elgato’s modular acoustic panels are designed to eliminate unwanted reverberations when recording audio. They’re perfect for podcasters and live streamers, and double as modern wall art. They install with snap-together frames and removable adhesive strips. The starter set includes six hexagonal panels.

Replicade 1942 and 1943 Machines

Replicade 1942 and 1943 Machines

New Wave Toys expands its collection of 1/6th-scale arcade machines with a duo of vertical scrollers. The Romstar low-boy 1942 machine is pristine, while the 1943 Overhaul Edition has a battle-worn coin door. Both cabinets play both games and include a mini arcade stick for 2-player action. Pre-order by 3.17.21 and save $20.

OUSI Leather Keyboard Wrist Rest

OUSI Leather Keyboard Wrist Rest

Having a wrist rest at the base of your keyboard is a must for protecting your hands from carpal tunnel syndrome. OUSI’s ergonomic wrist rests offer an elegant solution to this problem. Each one is handmade from full-grain leather and wrapped around a supportive structure. Price shown is for the 18″ wide version.

Sensibo Pure Smart Air Purifier

This intelligent air purifier has a built-in air quality sensor that monitors your indoor air and automatically turns it on and off as needed. It combines carbon and HEPA filters to remove particles as small as 0.1μm, including dust, smoke, bad odors, viruses, and bacteria. Save 14% in The Awesomer Shop.

Thumb Mouse Game Controller

Thumb Mouse Game Controller

Joystick-based controllers are great for casual gamers, but hardcore players prefer a mouse and keyboard for precise control. Tech Yesterday shows off a custom-made gamepad with a thumb-driven optical sensor to bring mouse-like precision to a handheld controller thanks to a miniature optical circuit. (Thanks, Lambert!)

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Giant Castle 3D Print

Giant Castle 3D Print

Most 3D prints we’ve seen are pretty small. But the guys at Argentina’s Trideo make the Big-T – a $40,000 industrial 3D printer that can crank out precise objects as large as 40″ x 40″ x 42.5″. Watch as it churns out a detailed model of a 39″ tall castle that tool almost 10 days to output. After that, watch it print a horse.

Ucam Private Home Security Camera

This innovative home security camera not only keeps a watchful eye on your home, it uses blockchain tech to encrypt and protect your video so nobody but you or your authorized users can ever view or access them. It captures 1080p HD video, pan/tilt/zoom functions, and a night-vision mode. Save 21% in The Awesomer Shop.

Why Progress Bars are Inaccurate

Why Progress Bars are Inaccurate

We look forward to the day when everything on every device just happens instantly. But until then, we will continue to see progress bars and spinning beachballs. Tom Scott digs into these First World annoyances and their most irritating properties – an inconsistent rate of movement and inability to predict completion time.

Laser Fabricates a Drone

Laser Fabricates a Drone

Engineers from MIT CSAIL have developed LaserFactory, an innovative fabrication machine that uses a modified laser cutter to create entire devices. It can cut parts, pour silver circuit traces, and place electronic components all in one system. In this video, it makes a drone, which flies straight out of the machine.

Roku Streambar

Roku Streambar

This 2-in-1 device combines Roku’s excellent streaming apps with a 14″ wide, 4-driver speaker that can upgrade the sound on your TV set without taking up a bunch of space. It offers Bluetooth and AirPlay2 wireless connectivity, along with Alexa, Google voice assistant, Spotify Connect, and Dolby Audio support.

Cairo Throw

Cairo Throw

Artist Susan Kare is known for her design of the system icons used on the original Apple Macintosh. In addition, she created the Cairo “dingbats” typeface, which can now be enjoyed on one of Areaware’s woven 50″ x 70″ blankets, crafted from 100% organic cotton. Available in black/white, green/pink, or grey/yellow.

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