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Deal: Apple Magic Trackpad 2

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Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 offers a fast and easy way to interact with your Mac, and it’s on sale now in The Awesomer Shop. This smooth trackpad has an edge-to-edge glass surface and can detect various MacOS control gestures through multitouch. It’s also got four force sensors that can detect how hard you’re pressing.

Wicked Ball Interactive Pet Toy

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Bored pets can be destructive pets. This electronic pet toy helps keep pets occupied by rolling around and lighting up autonomously. It has three levels of interaction, automatically pauses for breaks in between activity time, and has a built-in hole for hiding treats. Save 18% in The Awesomer Shop.

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Outisan e-Wagon Electric Utility Wagon

Outisan e-Wagon Electric Utility Wagon

Anyone who’s attempted to pull a cart full of gear up a hill or over a bumpy trail knows it can be taxing. The Outisan solves that problem by adding an electric power-assist system. Its battery pack and in-wheel motors can help pull loads up to 180 pounds. It’s also got hill-descent control that helps slow carts when going downhill.

Tiny TV 2 + Tiny TV Mini

Tiny TV 2 + Tiny TV Mini

You can run to the Walmart or Costco and pick up an 85″ TV. But if you think that’s overkill, perhaps TinyCircuits’ miniature TV cabinets are more your thing. The TinyTV 2 has a 1″ screen with a 216×135 resolution, while the TinyTV Mini has an even smaller 0.6″ display with a 64×64 pixel grid. They play videos uploaded to an SD card.

Decapsulating an Integrated Circuit

Decapsulating an Integrated Circuit

Integrated circuits are incredible examples of miniaturization. And while the chip shown in this video doesn’t represent the kind of complexity and density found in modern processors, it still provides a fascinating look at the interior of a circuit, as its silicon is removed layer by layer with a powerful fiber laser.

Garmin Instinct Crossover Smartwatch

Garmin Instinct Crossover Smartwatch

Garmin’s rugged new smartwatch has an analog/digital dial with glow-in-the-dark markers. It offers indoor/outdoor workout tracking, heart rate and pulse-ox sensors, weather sensors, GPS capability, and an Android/iOS app. It runs for up to 70 days in smartwatch mode and 31 hours with GPS on, and optional solar charging.

HP EliteBook 840G4 Touchscreen Laptop Refurb Deal

HP EliteBook 840G4 Touchscreen Laptop Refurb Deal
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Save $100 on this Grade-A refurbished HP EliteBook laptop with a 14″ 1080p touchscreen and Windows 10 Pro. It has a 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a speedy Intel Core i5-7200 processor. Its battery life is rated at 12 hours, and it’s got plenty of built-in ports so you don’t need an external dock to connect peripherals or displays.

ZIN-70 Giant Nixie Tube Clock

ZIN-70 Giant Nixie Tube Clock

If you love the warm orange glow of nixie tube clocks, Millclock makes a variety of them. In addition to their more accessible models, they now sell the ZIN-70 series, which has the largest nixie tubes available, with each of its handmade tubes measuring 4″ tall. Techmoan got to test out this impressive timepiece.

Thanko Nature Sound Machine

Thanko Nature Sound Machine

Japanese gadget retailer Thanko is crowdfunding this machine that not only produces nature sounds, but simulates a crackling fire using LED lights and aromatic mist. In addition to fire, its soothing sounds include wind, rain, thunder, waves, birds, and insects, which you can mix in any combination using its volume sliders.

Marshall Willen Mini Speaker

Marshall Willen Mini Speaker

Marshall applies their signature amp design to a speaker that’s small enough to carry in one hand. The Willen Bluetooth speaker has a 2″ full-range driver and two passive radiators for rich sounds and runs for up to 15h per charge. It’s IP67 dust- and water-resistant and has a rubber strap for mounting. Available in black or cream.

MelGeek Pixel LEGO-Compatible Keyboard

MelGeek Pixel LEGO-Compatible Keyboard

This unique keyboard has LEGO-compatible studs all over it so that you can attach building blocks and Minifigures. Even its mechanical keys are studded, so you can mix and match its 8-bit style keycaps or LEGO parts. It’s got RGB backlighting and both wired and wireless modes. Early bird pre-orders can save $70 off the MSRP.

GRAVITIS Wireless Car Charger

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Keep your phone juiced up in your car and without wires. This easy-to-install accessory plugs into one of your car’s USB ports and clips onto an air vent. Its grippers hold a variety of phones while charging any Qi-compatible smartphone. Save 31% in The Awesomer Shop.

Chubby Gamer Rotating Cables

Chubby Gamer Rotating Cables
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There’s nothing worse than plugging in your charging cable to find its connector is damaged. ChubbyCable solves this problem with an innovative connector that can smoothly rotate 180 degrees, while a thick silicone jacket prevents kinks. Its tip also lights up while charging. Available in USB-C, Lightning, and Micro-USB versions.

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Audio-Technica Sound Burger AT-SB2022 Portable Turntable

Audio-Technica Sound Burger AT-SB2022 Portable Turntable
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In the 1980s, Audio-Technica sold a portable record player called the Sound Burger. Now it’s back, with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB-C charging port. It can play 33-1/3 and 45 RPM LPs and singles using a spring mechanism that maintains pressure between the stylus and the record. A 60th-anniversary limited edition.

Electromagnetic Hourglass

Electromagnetic Hourglass

We’ve seen some unique clocks and timers, but this is the first time we’ve seen one that displays time using the kind of metal filings you’d find in a Wooly Willy toy. B.B. Korry created this electromechanical clock which uses a grid of electromagnets to attract and release iron filings to count down seconds. It’s really loud, though.

HyperGear 3-in-1 Gadget Charger

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This convenient device charger can juice up two devices at once via its USB ports, plus it has two AC outlets and a ledge for holding your phone on top. In addition, it has a built-in nightlight on the bottom. We suggest keeping one in your suitcase for travel too.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore Speaker

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore Speaker
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When it comes to melding design with audio quality, it doesn’t get much better than Bang & Olufsen. This cylindrical Bluetooth speaker sounds fantastic, with deep bass and 360º audio. It runs for up to 27 hours on a charge, is IP67-rated dustproof and waterproof, and its anodized aluminum shell resists scratches.

Moonwalkers: The World’s Fastest Walking Shoes

Moonwalkers: The World’s Fastest Walking Shoes

There are many faster ways to get around than walking, but Shift Robotics wants to improve that too. Their Moonwalkers shoes let you walk naturally while increasing your speed up to 250%. They’re far beyond ordinary roller skates, with the smarts to move with your gait and to stop naturally. You can even climb stairs in them.

Game Controller Wall Light

Game Controller Wall Light
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LEDclaw makes all kinds of geeky lights, including this wall light inspired by an Xbox game controller. The 20″ W x 14.5″ H light is made from wood and cast acrylic and is backlit with colorful LEDs. They also make some cool lights based on floppy disks and cassette tapes.

Commodore Meets Bach

Commodore Meets Bach

Engineer Linus Akesson shows off his typing and musical skills with a performance of Bach’s Prelude from Partita No. 3 on old Commodore 64 computers, along with a 1541 floppy drive which makes sounds with its motors. Stick around to the end of the video or visit his blog for details on the project.

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Light Painting with a 3D Printer

Light Painting with a 3D Printer

Light painting is the process of capturing long-exposure images of a light source being moved. Most light painting is done by hand and with 2D images. However, it’s possible to use the three-axis movements of a delta-style 3D printer to create 3D light paintings. Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi shows how this is possible. Read more on Hackaday.

Eptora: A Unique Mechanical 7-Segment Clock

Eptora: A Unique Mechanical 7-Segment Clock

Engineer Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi came up with this unique mechanism which displays digits by flipping segments into place. Its cams push levers that lift the segments into the proper position based on signals sent from a controller circuit and a pair of stepper motors. You can read more about the project Hackaday.IO.

The 2022 CompTIA + AWS Practice Exam E-Book Bundle

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Ready to advance your computer networking and security skills? This series of 14 eBooks from ExamsDigest includes exam objectives and practice questions for CompTIA, AWS, Cisco, Microsoft, and Google certifications. Save more than 80% on this deal in The Awesomer Shop.

Chronowatch C-Max Call Time Smartwatch

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The C-Max Call Time is a bargain-priced alternative to other smartwatches. It offers 14 useful features, including making and answering calls, message alerts, weather, stopwatch, health monitoring, alarms, music controls, and more. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.

uConsole Programmable Gaming Handheld

uConsole Programmable Gaming Handheld

Clockwork’s compact uConsole computer was created for indie game developers and programmers. Its mainboard has swappable cores, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-A, USB-C, Micro-HDMI, headphone, and MicroSD connectors, and the kit includes a 720p 5.0-inch IPS screen and a backlit QWERTY keyboard with game controls.

The Commodordion: A Commodore 64 Accordion

The Commodordion: A Commodore 64 Accordion

Known for its graphical and sound abilities, the Commodore 64 personal computer was home to some of the best games of the 8-bit era. Engineer Linus Åkesson took advantage of its audio capabilities to build this unique accordion which consists of two C64 computers connected by bellows made out of floppy disks and tape.

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