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How Animorph Covers Were Made

How Animorph Covers Were Made

Animorphs’ book covers are more famous than the actual stories. Lazy Game Reviews got his hands on the software that artist David Mattingly used for his covers. But due to the software’s limitations, he painted about half of each cover to make them look, uh, better.

How Gorilla Glass is Made

How Gorilla Glass is Made

Up until the mid-2000’s, the displays on devices were mainly covered with plastic. Then in 2006, Steve Jobs asked Corning to create a durable and scratch-resistant glass, and Gorilla Glass was born. Here’s how Corning makes its money-making material.

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MEMOBIRD Mobile Printer

MEMOBIRD Mobile Printer
$60  Buy Link Comment

Sticky notes are a convenient way to keep track of your life, but there are certain things you just can’t quite encapsulate. That’s when it helps to have a digital image. The MEMOBIRD can print messages, lists, images, and more direct from your phone. Save 25% in The Awesomer Shop.

Sonos Architectural Speakers

Sonos Architectural Speakers
$599-$799  Buy Comment

Sonos partnered with Sonance to create three passive speakers that will blend in your home. The wall, ceiling, and outdoor speakers are meant to be powered by the Sonos Amp, providing sound tuned to the size, construction and furnishings of your space.

uHandy Microscope Kit

uHandy Microscope Kit
$30  Buy Link Comment

Ever wondered what everyday objects look like at a microscopic level? Well, you can examine them on-the-go with this smartphone-compatible microscope. Magnify objects up to 120x and take notes with the included album. Save 14% today in The Awesomer Shop.

DualFuel Lighter & Power Bank

DualFuel Lighter & Power Bank
~$45+  Pledge Comment

DualFuel is a flameless and windproof lighter that doubles as an emergency power bank. It has a built-in 1200mAh battery and USB-A and USB-C charging ports that can be used simultaneously. It charges via microUSB. Available in black or gold.

Blau Laptop Organizers

Blau Laptop Organizers
~$17+  Pledge Link Comment

Blau Design’s trio of stretchy elastic and silicone organizers are designed to carry small items such as phones, mice and pens and can be wrapped around 13″ or 15″ laptops as well as paper notebooks. The Fold and the Slim can also be used on their own.

Typified Weather Poster

Typified Weather Poster
~$134+  Pledge Comment

Typified’s Weather Poster is a screen-printed poster with icons that have been printed with a smart ink. A small computer embedded behind the poster connects to the Internet to activate the paint in the icons based on the day’s weather.

Milling a Metal Basketball Net

Milling a Metal Basketball Net

In this promotional spot for CAD/CAM software developer Open Mind, they demonstrate how a 5-axis CNC mill can transform a solid block of metal into a replica of a basketball net, by gradually carving away bits of metal until only a woven net remains. Skip to 1:06.

Pacum Vacuum Air Pump

Pacum Vacuum Air Pump
~$33+  Pledge Comment

A portable, yet powerful pump for removing air from vacuum bags. Pacum will offer its own space-saving bags, but their device also comes with an adapter that lets you use it with the most popular vacuum bag brands. The device can also be used to pump air into inflatables.

Torch 2.0 Coat Heater

Torch 2.0 Coat Heater
$87  Buy Comment

Sometimes jackets aren’t quite up to snuff against the ravages of the Polar Vortex. Give them a little help with the Torch 2.0 Coat Heater. This device clips into virtually any jacket, and delivers heat directly to your core so you’re ready to take on the coldest days.

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone
Free+  Use Comment

Email subscription monitoring services have come under fire for selling user data and reading emails. Leave Me Alone is a new alternative that lets you unsubscribe from email newsletters without the security risk. You can make a one-time payment to increase its scope.

Solus Home Radiator

Solus Home Radiator
~$170+  Pledge Link Comment

Koleda claims that its Solus radiator converts 100% of electricity to heat, thanks to its graphene-based heating element. It has a thermoregulator, weighs under 10lb, is only 0.4″ thick and has a minimalist design. It can be powered via AC or DC.

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Zarathustra Bicycle Lights

Zarathustra Bicycle Lights

The Zarathustra is a pair of handlebar-mounted bicycle LED lights. They work as turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights and standard lights. They are waterproof and easily removable for charging. Their modes are toggled via a thumb button and managed via an app.

New BittBoy Handheld Retro Console

New BittBoy Handheld Retro Console
$50  Buy Link Comment

The New BittBoy is a retro handheld video game system that lets you play NES, Game Boy and Game Boy Color games (and isn’t loaded up with sketchy pirated ROMs). It loads games from a microSD card, supports save states and has a 2.4″ IPS screen with adjustable brightness.

Kangaroo Motion Sensor

Kangaroo Motion Sensor
$30  Buy Link Comment

The Kangaroo Motion Sensor is a no-frills home security solution. Just stick it to your wall or floor, connect it to your Wi-Fi network and you’re good to go. You’ll receive notifications via its app. It’s smart enough to ignore movement from pets, and only detects people.

Replicade Street Fighter II Arcade

Replicade Street Fighter II Arcade
$100  Buy Link Comment

New Wave Toys’ latest Replicade sixth-scale arcade machine is a miniature replica of the original Street Fighter II: Champion Edition cabinet. It also comes with Super Street Fighter II Turbo. You also get a matching miniature USB fight stick if you pre-order.

DIY 3D Printed Bladeless Fan

DIY 3D Printed Bladeless Fan

Thingiverse member DanielMitchell has shared his 3D model for a triangular desktop bladeless fan. It uses a computer fan hidden in its base, and is easy to put together. Thingiverse has links to print shops if you don’t have access to a 3D printer.

Learning to Code a Game

Learning to Code a Game

“Unexpected token else!” Serial learner Mike Boyd recognizes that programming is one of the most relevant skills today. He challenged himself to learn how to code and make a simple game. He encountered a lot of bugs and errors, but he eventually succeeded.

Q Acoustics Concept 300 Speakers

Q Acoustics Concept 300 Speakers

Q Acoustics’ Concept 300 speakers marry form with function. Its beautiful cabinet and tripod stand are designed to eliminate vibration, with technologies such as a gel separating each speaker cabinet’s layers and springs on the stand mount. Drops 3/2019 for $4,499.

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Security Torch 2.0

Security Torch 2.0
$25  Buy Comment

Infapower’s bat-shaped flashlight can also protect you from whatever’s out there in the dark. Its long aluminum body is corrosion-resistant, waterproof and shockproof. Version 2.0 features a textured grip. Deal ends 2/9/19.

Volumetric 3D Printing

Volumetric 3D Printing

Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a 3D printing method called Computed Axial Lithography. It projects 2D slices of a 3D model into a cylinder of resin, creating an object in one go. It’s much faster than other 3D printing methods, which deposit material layer by layer.

The Future of Prosthetics

The Future of Prosthetics

“What if I don’t want a hand? What if I want a tentacle?” The Guardian spoke with amputees as well as experts about the present and future of prosthetics and bionics. Research on technology such as brain-machine interfaces raise both possibilities and dilemmas.

Locast Local TV Streaming

Locast Local TV Streaming
Free  Watch Link Comment

Locast is a nonprofit organization that set up a platform where customers in the US can stream local broadcasts absolutely free. You can go to their website or download their apps for iOS, Android and Roku. They’re currently available in select cities only as of this writing.

Wanna Kicks for iOS

Wanna Kicks for iOS

Here’s something that all online shoe stores should have. Wannaby’s Wanna Kicks is an augmented reality app for iOS. It projects 3D models of commercially available sneakers on your feet. The models are sized to your feet and accurately change perspective when you move.

Barisieur Coffeemaker Clock

Barisieur Coffeemaker Clock
$445  Buy Link Comment

Joshua Renouf’s beautiful concept design for a coffeemaker alarm clock is now a real product. Place coffee grounds or tea leaves on the Barisieur and when its alarm goes off, it will boil water and pour it on the ingredients. It’s available in white or black.

Cake Kalk& Electric Motorcycle

Cake Kalk& Electric Motorcycle

The street legal spinoff of Cake’s Kalk off-road electric bike. The Kalk& still has roots in downhill and enduro mountain bikes, but its chassis, suspension and drivetrain are custom made to balance durability with weight. It will have a top speed of over 60mph.

Wacom Cintiq 16

Wacom Cintiq 16
$650  Buy Link Comment

Wacom’s entry-level Cintiq 16 has a 15.6″ 1080p non-touchscreen display. It has an anti-glare parallax coating to mimic the look and feel of paper. It comes with the Pro Pen 2, which has 8,192 levels of sensitivity, low activation force and tilt recognition.

Ethical Hacking Mega Course

Ethical Hacking Mega Course
$13  Buy Comment

With major data breaches happening seemingly every day, ethical hackers are on the front lines of providing smart, innovative solutions. You can build a foundation in this industry with this extensive online training. Grab it today for a bargain price in The Awesomer Shop.

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller
$60  Buy Link Comment

SteelSeries’ Stratus Duo is a multi-platform wireless controller. It can connect to Android devices as well as standalone virtual reality headsets via Bluetooth. It also connects to Windows PCs via 2.4 Ghz wireless and a USB dongle. It lasts up to 20h per charge.

AirBuddy for MacOS

AirBuddy for MacOS
$5+  Buy Comment

AirBuddy connects your AirPods to Macs in the same manner that the earphones do on iOS devices. It also lets you see the battery status of nearby AirPods, their charging case, and even iPhones, iPads and compatible Beats headphones.

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