We previously visited a speaker factory, but couldn’t share any video footage. How To has posted a pair of videos which show a bit more of the process. After the metal speaker baskets are prepared, it’s a time-consuming process to attach each part with just the right amounts of specific glues as each speaker spins around.
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Transform ordinary computer audio into expansive surround sound. This Windows and Mac app takes standard audio from games, movies, and music, and expands its soundstage around your head. Its graphic equalizer lets you fine-tune your listening experience, and can also boost volume. Save 57% in The Awesomer Shop.
Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.
The latest GoPro Hero has a fold-out mounting bracket built in, improved image quality, and even better HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization, three mics and wind reduction for improved sound, and is 14% lighter than the last model. A series of upcoming mods add inputs and outputs, a flip-up selfie screen, or an LED light.
Garmin’s high-end smartwatch series features specialized interfaces and functions for race car drivers, pilots, boat captains, adventurers, and athletes. Each one features a titanium case and bezel, and a domed sapphire crystal, while some models also sport a titanium band.
Add an Amazon Alexa voice assistant to your car with this tiny 3.3″ x 1.9″ gadget. It has 8 microphones to ensure Alexa can hear you over music and road noise (within reason), and lets you ask questions, stream music and audiobooks, and much more. Requires a Bluetooth or aux input, and can mount on many car air vents.
This innovative headset gaming system turns a blank tabletop game board into a richly interactive 3D environment. Players wear special glasses which let them see holographic imagery, and control the game using a wireless wand. It looks legit, but it’s not a cheap setup for multiple players.
This unique smartwatch is designed specifically with musicians in mind. In addition to typical day and date functions, it has a built-in powerful vibrating metronome, a magnetic contact tuner, and a decibel meter. If you just need the metronome, the Soundbrenner Pulse is already available.
We love the retro ’80s looks of ION’s boombox, which pumps out big sounds from its dual full-range speakers. In addition to playing and recording cassette tapes, it can stream music via Bluetooth, and archive cassettes to a USB stick. Available now at Best Buy.
Youzign offers a fast and easy way to create professional looking visuals, regardless of your graphic design experience. Their web-based app offers over 2,000 templates and over 1.7 million images, along with tools for producing just about any kind of graphic. Grab a great deal on a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.
Amazon’s value-priced, compact Echo device plugs into any outlet, adding Alexa voice assistant capability unobtrusively to any room. It provides smart home control, weather, traffic, and other information, and has a built-in USB port for powering other devices or attaching a 3rd-party motion sensor or smart nightlight.
Looking for the loudest Bluetooth speaker you can buy? The DiamondBoxx XL2 has a dozen amps and 14 speakers, that can crank out up to 660-watts continuous, or 1000-watts peak power with minimal distortion. It runs up to 20 hours per charge, and while it does have a carrying handle, it’s not exactly portable at 52 pounds.
Designed as a proof off concept to help combat labor shortages in the EU, the Sweeper is a specialized robot that can pick vegetables all on its own. It uses computer vision to identify sweet bell peppers that are ready to harvest, then cuts them down with a tiny saw.
Engineers from ETH Zurich and the CERBERUS team worked together to create ANYmal, an autonomous robot which has wheels at the ends of its legs, making it capable of moving quickly, and negotiating over difficult terrain. Its moves kind of remind us of the wheelers in Return to Oz, but not as creepy.
Transform your RAW photo files into amazing HDR images with HDRtist’s sophisticated visual processing software. This Mac application is designed to preserve much greater resolution than other image software, and ensures no crushed shadows or highlights. Save 83% in The Awesomer Shop.
Maker Laura Kampf teamed up with her friend Patrick, whose audio expertise helped her build an earthshaking sound system for the back of her 3-wheeler. The battery-powered audio system has six full-range speakers and a giant subwoofer. She should have named it “Boomtrike” though.
Korg’s recently launched Nu:Tekt line will create DIY instruments, effects, and utilities for electronic musicians. First up is the NTS-1 a tiny, build-it-yourself polyphonic synthesizer with a digital oscillator inspired by the prologue and minilogue xd. Sound demo here.
Philips Hue lights can now be synchronized with the content displayed on your television for the ultimate in immersion. The box connects up to four HDMI devices, and works in concert with your Hue bridge and up to 10 Hue lights to color-coordinate lighting with the images on your TV.
There are lots of different ways to tell time, but if you’re looking for something a little different, check out the Timedrop, a slimline desk/wall clock from Mareike & Felix. It features three stacks of LEDs which represent hours, minutes, and seconds. As the day goes on, each column fills with light, resetting when it reaches the top.
Machine learning tech keeps getting more impressive. OpenAI created two teams of competing agents – one that seeks, and the other that hides. What’s truly amazing is how the self-supervised agents started creating obstacles to improve their chances, despite being given no explicit incentive to use those objects.
There are lots of handheld retro game systems, but the GameShell offers far more versatility than others. In addition to playing emulators for Atari, GB, GBA, NES, MAME, MD, PS1, and more, its modular construction and GNU/LINUX-based dev kit encourages you hack and modify to your liking. Some assembly required.
UST’s rugged gadget is the perfect addition to any adventurer’s kit. Not only does it contain a plasma arc lighter for starting campfires without butane, but also doubles as a 3000mAh emergency charger for your USB-A or USB-C powered devices. Comes with a paracord lanyard with a red core that doubles as tinder.
Edifier’s egg-shaped desktop speakers look and sound way more expensive than they are. They feature a 0.74″ silk dome tweeter, a 3″ full-range drive, and two 3″ passive bass radiators, and crank out 74 watts of sound. They offer Bluetooth and analog connectivity, while the E25 HD adds optical digital. A limited-time Drop deal.
Keep your clothes and other personal items clean when you travel with this compact ultrasonic cleaner. Simply place your items in a sinkful of water and soap, turn on the Sonic Soak, and 50,000 vibrations per second will shake loose dirt and grime from textiles, jewelry, or even fruit and veggies. Save 45% in The Awesomer Shop.
This unique accent lamp shows off the physics of standing waves, persistence of vision, and stroboscopic effects. By spinning a string at varying speeds, and illuminating it with colorful LEDs, a variety of cool sine waves emerge, with preset effects like northern lights, volcano, eclipse, carnival, and more.
Despite his scowl, the Dark Knight looks more adorable than ever as Tribe’s officially-licensed Batman Bluetooth speaker. The sonic superhero measures about 4″ tall, so it’s not gonna crank out huge volume, but Bats is small enough to tote in your backpack or bag every day.
Philips reasonably-priced, open back cans provide an immersive soundfield, and their 50 mm high definition neodymium drivers offer frequency response from 5 – 40,000 Hz with minimal distortion, so you won’t miss the slightest nuance. Plus their velour-covered memory foam cushions mean comfortable listening for hours.
Sony’s near-field powered speakers offer reference quality sound on your desktop. They used a back-to-back dual woofer design to cancel unwanted vibrations, and their coax drivers keep sounds in phase for perfect stereo imaging. The system is expected to cost about $8K when it drops in early 2020.
A group of interns working at Microsoft wanted to say thanks to the company that gave them a home for the summer and something good for their resumes. But what do you give the company that’s got everything – and on an intern’s budget? You put on a Broadway show, that’s what!