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Celluveyor Omnidirectional Conveyor System

Celluveyor Omnidirectional Conveyor System

Traditional conveyor belts can move items along a single axis. But Cellumation’s unique system can shuffle items around in any direction. It uses a series of hexagonal modules, each of which has three sets of wheels. Its controller and software can then be programmed to grab and arrange a payload in any pattern.

Blinding Lights on Typewriter

Blinding Lights on Typewriter

William Sun Petrus previously showed off a vintage manual typewriter that he converted into a drum machine. Since it’s really just working as a MIDI controller, the keyboard can be used to play any digital instrument, in this case, the fat synths from The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights. That’s a Novation Launchpad S to the right.

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Scratching Records But with Barcodes

Scratching Records But with Barcodes

We’ve previously seen how the musicians from Electronicos Fantasticos use laser barcode readers in their performance. In this clip from Maker Faire Tokyo 2020, one of their members shows how to make record scratching sounds using the same technique.

Sony PS5 Teardown

Sony PS5 Teardown

We’re only a month from the release of Sony and Microsoft’s latest consoles, and both brands have been more liberal about showing the inner workings of their systems than before. Sony mechanical design VP Yasuhiro Ootori disassembles a brand new PS5, and explains each of its components. English subtitles available.

Mister UV Air Purifier

This bullet-shaped air purifier uses the power of ultraviolet light to remove 99.97% odors, pollutants, and other nasty stuff from the air. It uses a silent, brushless motor to pull air in from every direction, and its HEPA filter helps to further remove contaminants. If you have any doubt that UV light kills germs, watch this demo.

NVIDIA Virtual Meetings AI Tech

NVIDIA Virtual Meetings AI Tech

With the increased need for video calls these days, those with low-bandwidth connections may experience poor video quality. This tech being developed at NVIDIA dramatically reduces bandwidth needs by sending a fixed image, then using an AI-controlled avatar to track and replicate their facial movements in real-time.

Pl8ty Retro Bluetooth Speaker

Pl8ty Retro Bluetooth Speaker

Go back to the ’80s with this retro-style speaker that looks like an old-school Walkman. Instead of popping a cassette in, stash your smartphone inside of it, then clip it onto your belt loop for full effect. It has working control buttons and a 3.5mm aux in jack. Why not go all-in and use it with that Bluetooth cassette player?

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

Oculus goes all-in on wireless VR gaming with the latest version of its standalone Quest head-mounted display. It’s smaller and lighter, has upgraded hardware for smoother gameplay, 50% more pixels, and improved Oculus Touch controllers. It also works as a PC VR headset with an optional Oculus Link cable.

Retro Tech: HitClips

Retro Tech: HitClips

Back in 2000, Tiger Electronics released HitClips – a tiny audio player designed to get tweens to buy digital music. Techmoan looks back at this ridiculous cash grab for kids’ money and its significant limitations. Along the way, he debunks some misinformation and myths about the toys.

Teenage Engineering OB-4 Bluetooth Boombox

Teenage Engineering OB-4 Bluetooth Boombox

Audio gear maker Teenage Engineering has a great eye for industrial design. Their minimal Bluetooth speaker continues that trend, and packs a pair of 4″ bass drivers, neodymium magnet tweeters, and a 38w per channel amp. The “Magic Radio” also records everything you play onto a 2-hour loop that you can rewind and time-stretch.

Thousand Oscillator MegaDrone

Thousand Oscillator MegaDrone

Look Mum No Computer is always building strange and wonderful electronic musical instruments. His latest creation is a massive wall full of oscillator circuits, which, when played together, create an equivalently massive wall of sound. If a symphony played synths instead of strings, it might sound something like this.

Amazon Echo 4th Gen.

Amazon Echo 4th Gen.

Amazon’s Alexa-powered speaker is now an orb, which not only looks cooler, but improves audio quality. The room-filling speaker can stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and more, and can control smarthome devices via voice commands. There’s also a spherical Echo Dot and a Echo Dot for kids.

MoonRun Portable Cardio Trainer

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 that can track your workouts on a mobile app. Save an extra $25 with code MOONRUN25.

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Tiny Arcade 2020 Collection

Tiny Arcade 2020 Collection

Super Impulse makes teensy replicas of classic arcade games. New for Fall 2020 are versions of BurgerTime, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mappy, and a special Hello Kitty Pac-Man. They’ve also got a tiny Pop-A-Shot if you’re into boardwalk basketball. Keep an eye on Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target for these latest releases.

Loupedeck Live

Loupedeck Live

The guys behind the excellent Loupedeck+ photo/video console are back with a controller for live streamers. Loupedeck Live offers integration into streaming tools like Twitch, Streamlabs, and OBS Studio for quick source switching, on-the-fly replay recording, and the ability to customize its buttons based on your workflow.

Drop+OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX V3

Drop+OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX V3

Hop on the ultra-compact bandwagon with this minimal mechanical keyboard. The kit comes with an anodized aluminum case, brushed stainless steel top plate, a programmable PCB that fits Cherry MX or Matias/ALPS switches, and looks fantastic with the optional Acute keycap set ($30). Note: switches and keycaps not included.

Garmin First Avenger Smartwatch

Garmin First Avenger Smartwatch

The First Avenger Smartwatch by Garmin can tell time, track fitness, store music, give smart notifications and, in Captain America’s words, it “can do this all day.” It features multiple watch faces and animations, a stainless steel bezel modeled after Cap’s vibranium shield, and a vintage-style leather strap.

Google Tone/Transfer

Google Tone/Transfer

Developed by Magenta using Google AI tech, Tone/Transfer takes ordinary sounds like a human voice and makes them sound like a musical instrument. It can also digest the sounds made by one kind of musical instrument and map them onto a different one. You can play with the online demo for yourself.

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.

Humble Creative Superhero Bundle

Humble Creative Superhero Bundle

Pay what you want to upgrade your creative tools with this bundle of award-winning design and drawing software, all while supporting good causes. Spend $30 or more and get CorelCAD, Painter, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, PaintShop Pro, over 1,200 brushes, 8,000 clipart and digital images, 1,000 fonts, and more.

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Tom & Jerry at 60 fps

Tom & Jerry at 60 fps

Increasing frame rates in games is usually a good thing, but the same can’t be said for animation. Someguy14201 shows how strange and unappealing things can look when upscaling an old 24 fps Tom & Jerry cartoon to 60 fps using AI interpolation tech. We wonder if an original 60 fps animation would look so weird.

Roland TR-6S Rhythm Performer

Roland TR-6S Rhythm Performer

Roland’s latest electronic rhythm maker, the TR-6S packs a six-track sequencer into a portable, battery-powered box. What really makes it special is its ability to play sounds from famous drum machines like the 808, 909, 707, 606, along with preset and custom samples, as well as FM-generated tones.

Gaming Residence Cart

Gaming Residence Cart

Thanko Japan’s all-in-one plastic rack is perfect for gamers, providing storage for consoles, game boxes, and accessories. It comes with an HDMI switch and an outlet strip, though it’s designed for 2-prong AC plugs only. Stack two for even more space. You’ll need to use a service like White Rabbit Express to import one from Japan.

GrillTunes

GrillTunes

This unique spatula integrates a remote control into its handle, so you can adjust volume, play, pause, and skip tracks while cooking. It connects with one or two Bluetooth speakers. The spatula handle is heat- and water-resistant, and the remote can be detached during washing. The spatula also has a built-in bottle opener.

HyperX Quadcast S RGB Microphone

HyperX Quadcast S RGB Microphone

This unique USB microphone adds a splash of color to content creators’ desktops. In addition to its dynamic RGB lighting, its audio features are no slouch, with adjustable polar patterns, an internal pop filter, gain control, tap-to-mute, and an anti-vibration shock mount. Compatible with Mac, PC, and PS4.

CleanLight Air Portable UV Air Purifier

KeySmart’s portable, rechargeable air purifier uses ultraviolet LEDs and a 360º H13 HEPA filter to remove 99% of unwanted particles, including dust, smoke, odors, and other pollutants. It cleans up to 160 sq. ft, is small enough to fit in most car cup holders, and can also dispense fragrances. Save $40 when you buy a 2-pack.

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