The iiRcade is taking a different approach to retro arcade gaming. Rather than coming with just a couple of titles, or using illegal roms, it plays officially-licensed games which can be downloaded for $2.99 – $14.99. It comes preloaded with 10 games, and is available in bartop or cabinet versions. Current games list here.
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Back in the 1990s, the way for people to easily build their own websites was with services like GeoCities. But Squirrel Monkey is here to imagine that a graphical web-building tool like Wix was also around to give Yahoo!’s service a run for its money, complete with MIDI sounds, background textures, and “Under Construction” GIFs.
A while back, maker Ivan Miranda built himself a robot which could write words in the sand. He’s back to build an upgraded version of the machine which can draw much faster than the previous one. It uses 50 mini servos to doodle, two mini tanks to drive, and Arduino Mega controllers for its digital brains.
Keep tabs on your home from anywhere with this totally wireless security camera. The Kami captures crisp wide-angle HD footage. It works day or night, and only requires charging once per month. It can alert you when it detects motion, and store footage to the cloud (6 mo. trial service included). Save 37% in The Awesomer Shop.
We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.
Hozo Design’s digital measuring gadget calculates distances as you roll it across a surface. It can measure straight lines and curves with precision, and displays its measurements in inches (decimal or fraction), or centimeters on its bright blue OLED display. Made from stainless steel, aluminum, nylon, and silicon rubber.
Before the Internet we know today, we had standalone services like AOL. And before that, we had Bulletin Board Systems. These homebrew hangouts let people with similar interests congregate via their computers. Off the Cuf looks back at the first BBS and its creators, and how they laid the groundwork for much to come.
Separated by a travel ban, The Slow Mo Guys’ co-host Gavin Free goes solo without his buddy Dan Gruchy in this abridged episode. With the help of Phantom Flex 4K camera and a Laowa probe lens, Gav decided to see what’s actually going on when an Apple Watch ejects water from its speaker ports after going for a swim.
NUÜR’s “C”-shaped aluminum lamp makes a great accent light for your desk, bookshelf, or bedside table. Beyond its modern, sculptural design, it offers stepless dimming, and three color temperatures to choose from, so you can pick warm, cool, or neutral light output. Measures appx. 12.6″ tall.
Boston Dynamics’ Spot robotic quadruped is finally available for purchase. Starting at just $74,500, you can have one too. To entice buyers from commercial, academic, and engineering worlds, the company put together this video of some of the robot’s capabilities, from climbing to carrying, to self-righting, to working in sync.
Arcade1Up specializes in making compact versions of classic arcade machines. Now they’re getting into the digital pinball game, with a 3/4-scale Marvel pinball machine that runs Zen Studios games. It has a 24″ recessed display, a nudge and tilt sensor, haptic flipper feedback, a plunger, and a second screen scoreboard.
Link up your tunes on the golf links with the Bushnell Wingman GPS Bluetooth Speaker. More than a mobile sound device, the Wingman relays audible distance info when synched with the Bushnell Golf App. A remote button enables tips on the course, and the main unit conveniently mounts magnetically to metal golf cart bars.
This unique indoor fitness rig lets you run without a treadmill. It connects to a door or other secure location, and uses an upright elastic pull to enable low-impact aerobic and resistance training exercises. Its padded bar houses electronics which can track your workouts on a mobile app. Save an extra $25 with code MOONRUN25.
There are lots of inexpensive home projectors these days, but most of the cheap ones aren’t very high resolution. DIY Perks shows us how he built his own that has the same 4K resolution as the ones in movie theaters, using entirely off-the-shelf components, including a bright 100-watt LED and an LCD panel from a smartphone.
Keep your phones and other small items free of germs without using chemicals or wipes. Simply place your device inside the intelliARMOR UVSHIELD+, and let its dual UV lights get to work sanitizing. It holds items up to 8″ x 4.25″ x 1″, and disinfects in just 3 minutes. Save 28% in The Awesomer Shop.
After bringing a distressed, 20-year-old PSone console back to life, Odd Tinkering figured he’d need a controller to go with. Watch as he takes a nasty, yellowed old DualShock controller and miraculously makes it look good as new after a piece-by-piece disassembly, a soap scrub, and a hydrogen peroxide bath under UV light.
Reekon’s gadget makes measuring wood and other stock goods more accurate and more convenient than ever. It attaches to most saw fences and displays the exact cut length as you slide stock through its roller arm, positioning them without the need for marking. It works in metric and imperial units with an accuracy of +/- 0.5mm.
These closed back headphones sound exceptional, and look amazing in this special deep matte espresso finish. They feature Meze’s iconic wood ear cups, CNC-carved from walnut, along with crisp and punchy 40mm drivers that achieve smooth frequency response from 15 Hz to 25 kHz.
This tabletop sound system has a cool retro look, and comes in an easy-to-assemble MDF wood kit. It comes with two 3″ full range speakers, two 4″ passive drivers, and a 20-watt RMS amp. In addition to Bluetooth connectivity, it has an FM radio, USB MP3 playback, and a 3.5mm AUX input. There’s also a Mono version.
Beyond the comfort issues, one of the reasons people don’t like wearing masks is that it covers their face. Engineers from EPFL’s EssentialTech Center and Empa have developed a mask that both acts as a filter and is transparent. The trick is the weave, made from incredibly thin nanofibers, woven together using electrospinning.
Want to create animations for ads, promos, or other videos but don’t have illustration skills? VidToon offers a library of pre-drawn characters, motions, and backgrounds, along with a drag-and-drop timeline editor. It’s a fast and easy way to create animated clips. Grab a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.
Designed for surfers, the G-LIDE GBX100 series has an LCD screen that can show high tide, low tide, and levels for 3,300 surf spots around the world. It offers sunrise and sunset times, lunar data, step tracking, and Bluetooth smartphone integration. For long life, it’s shock resistant and water resistant to 200m.
Using a high-tech 3D printer that can print up to 8 different materials with a single nozzle, engineers from Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS are showing how they can create tiny soft robots which use a mix of hard and flexible substances. By introducing a vacuum into its chambers, it’s able to walk without motors.
Sony has yet to reveal the pricing or exact release date for its next-gen console, but it’s showing off its sleek architectural design, along with some of the many games which are heading to the console between 2020 and 2022. We also now know there will be a version with a disc slot, as well as one that supports downloads only.
This unique off-road lighting system lets you custom configure an LED light bar to your exact needs. Simply install the waterproof power rail, then attach light modules, which come in spot and flood beam widths, amber or white colors, with blackout or frosted faceplates. Rails come in a variety of lengths from 6″ to 50″.
Professional camera maker Hasselblad updates its 50 megapixel, medium-format X1D mirrorless digital with a larger 3.6″ touch screen, a faster live view, a 3.69-million dot OLED viewfinder, quicker startups, and a speedier user interface. While by no means cheap, it’s substantially less expensive than its predecessor.
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