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Wheelchair Stairs

Wheelchair Stairs

Usually, if you need to get a wheelchair upstairs, you have to take the elevator or a ramp. But at Seattle’s Space Needle they have a special set of stairs that transform into an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift with the push of a button. The retractable lift was engineered by UK outfit Sesame.

VBoard Digital Whiteboard Converter

VBoard Digital Whiteboard Converter

This tiny cube transforms any screen into a digital whiteboard. It automatically calibrates to screens from 15″ to 300″ diagonal. It uses its camera and software to detect the position of its infrared stylus so that you can doodle in real-time on the screen.

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BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY Concept

BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY Concept

BMW Motorrad predicts that the future of urban mobility sits between e-bikes and motorbikes. The Vision AMBY is a concept vehicle debuting at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. AMBY stands for “adaptive mobility,” an electric two-wheeler with three speed levels set automatically by geofencing tech for different road types.

Apollo Neuro Stress Relief Wearable

Apollo Neuro may look like a simple wristband, but it uses novel touch therapy that builds your resilience to stress. Harnessing the power of the human body, Apollo trains the nervous system to rebalance after stress, leading to better sleep, focus, and performance. Save 10% when you try it today.

mbeat PT-18K Bluetooth Turntable

Enjoy the natural sound that only vinyl records can produce with this high-quality turntable. It’s has a metal alloy platter, an adjustable weight tonearm, and a factory-aligned moving magnet cartridge. In addition to wired outputs, it’s got a Bluetooth transmitter and a USB connector for recording to your PC.

DefeXtiles

DefeXtiles

Researchers from the MIT Media Lab developed a method for 3D printing that creates soft and stretchable textiles. The process takes advantage of a defect that can occur in 3D printing – underextruded thermoplastics. By precisely controlling this behavior, they were able to make thin, flexible fabrics with custom patterns.

Palette 3 Pro 3D Printer Filament Splicer

Palette 3 Pro 3D Printer Filament Splicer

The latest version of Mosaic’s 3D printer add-on can splice together up to 8 different filaments to a single 3D printer head. It works in concert with special software which can time the dispensing to sync up with various parts of 3D models. It’s 30% faster at splicing than the Palette 2 and 10% faster than the 4-color Palette 3.

Roadie 3 Guitar Tuner: Hands-on Review

Roadie 3 Guitar Tuner: Hands-on Review

The Roadie 3 is an automatic tuner for guitars, basses, ukuleles, and other stringed instruments. We took one for a spin to see how quickly and accurately it works on a guitar, along with testing it on a less common instrument – a bouzouki. Overall, it’s an impressive tool for any musician who plays strings.

IDOBAO Resin Wrist Rests

IDOBAO Resin Wrist Rests

Add a splash of color to your desktop while improving ergonomics with these marbled resin wrist rests from IDOBAO. They’re shaped for maximum comfort and an optimal 6º typing angle and have rubber feet to prevent slipping. Available in purple, blue, black, or clear. Shipping starts 2.2022.

Mega Briefcase PC

Mega Briefcase PC

The first portable computers weren’t exactly compact or lightweight. DIY Perks’ briefcase PC follows in these footsteps, but the payoff for the heft is a high-end gaming PC with a wrap-around 144Hz triple display, a 16-core AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.

Focal On Wall 300 Speakers

Focal On Wall 300 Speakers
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Premium audio equipment brand Focal makes these elegant wall-mounted speakers for home theater and music listening. The On Wall 301 has two 4″ MidBass drivers and a 1×1″ tweeter, while the On Wall 302 gets twice as many MidBass drivers. Sold individually or in pairs in High Gloss White or Satin Black.

DemerBox Portable Speaker

DemerBox Portable Speaker
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A powerful and durable portable Bluetooth speaker, the DemerBox may be your best bet. Its electronics are installed inside a waterproof Pelican case, so it’s tough as nails, cranks out powerful bass, and doubles as a carrying case for small items. It lasts up to 40 hours per charge and has a USB charging port inside.

TickrMeter Desktop Stock Tickers

TickrMeter Desktop Stock Tickers

The TickrMeter is a tiny e-Paper screen that connects to the internet to display real-time prices for stocks, cryptocurrencies, exchange rates, and other trading markets. It has a red/green indicator for positive or negative returns and can be programmed to cycle between different tickers. Stack multiples for an at-a-glance look.

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DeepLight 12 Dodecagon Light

DeepLight 12 Dodecagon Light
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Artist David Hughes created this incredible light-up showpiece using bespoke 2-way glass mirrors to produce an endless array of patterns. Its custom circuit boards power 960 colorful LEDs, which come to life to produce its hypnotic designs. It’s built with a sturdy, anodized aluminum frame and is limited to 500 pieces.

Sweet Dreams on Devices

Sweet Dreams on Devices

The hacked appliances of Device Orchestra have reached the promised land with a performance of the song that the band was destined for, the synth-heavy Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart may have been replaced by electric toothbrushes, but who are we to disagree?

Marshall Emberton Speaker

Marshall Emberton Speaker

Marshall’s compact Bluetooth speaker is small, but still packs a punch. Its acoustics are designed to produce an enveloping 360º sound, while its battery offers up to 20 hours per charge. It’s IPX7-rated for water resistance, and at just 2.68″ x 6.30″ x 2.99″, it’s compact enough to toss in your bag for everyday use.

How a Split-Flap Display Works

How a Split-Flap Display Works

Split-flap displays used to be common in everything from tabletop clocks to arrival and departure boards at airports. While not as popular these days, these electro-mechanical displays are still marvels of engineering. Scottbez1 walks us through how they work with a demonstration of his single-digit Arduino-controlled display.

Radacat C2 Messenger (2-Pack)

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Designed for communicating in places without cell phone service, this gadget makes lets you text and track your travel companions up to 6-miles away. It creates its own private mesh network and provides offline GPS capability for sending locations to other Radacat C2 users. Save $59 in The Awesomer Shop on this 2-pack.

Yamaha YH-L700A Wireless Headphones

Yamaha YH-L700A Wireless Headphones

Yamaha’s premium wireless headphones incorporate high-tech features like 3D spatial sound with head tracking, active noise cancellation, and a personalized listening optimizer just for your ears. It offers seven surround modes including ones for concerts, movies, music videos, and more.

Walnut Wood Keycaps

Walnut Wood Keycaps
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Loha Custom Design makes these elegant keycaps from solid walnut wood. They fit all Cherry MX and other MX switch keyboards and are available in 60% (61-key) and 80% (87-key) sets. You can also buy individual keys and custom logo keys if you can’t afford the full set. They also make a matching wrist rest.

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Magic Windows

Magic Windows

Engineer Matt Ferraro came up with an innovative method to hide images in clear acrylic. At first glance, the tile appears to be completely transparent, but when light passes through it onto a surface, an image is revealed. The technique relies on caustic patterns which cast shadows and transmit light at varying intensities.

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light
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This compact, tubular light adds a splash of color to photographs or can set the mood of any setting. It offers adjustable color temperatures, RGB color, and effects modes. A strong magnet and tripod thread provide versatile mounting options. Depending on brightness, it can run from 2 to 15 hours per charge.

Arclight Bike Pedals

Arclight Bike Pedals
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These LED-illuminated bike pedals improve nighttime safety while looking awesome. They’re much brighter than standard bike lights and have sensors to keep the white light forward and red light backward. Their light modules can be removed for charging or attached to other locations such as handlebars or a seat post.

Windows 1 to 11 Installation Time-Lapse

Windows 1 to 11 Installation Time-Lapse

If there’s one thing we don’t miss about computers, it’s having to install software and operating systems from dozens of floppy disks. Nobel Tech condensed hours upon hours of footage into a 6-minute time-lapse showing the time-consuming installation process of every major version of Microsoft Windows, from 1.01 to 11.

The Electric Skies of United

The Electric Skies of United

United Airlines might need to update its slogan to “It’s time to fly electric” and get some extra-long Lightning cables. They’re buying 100 electric planes being developed by Sweden’s Heart Aerospace. The 19-seaters could take off by 2026. They’re also buying 200 Archer electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for air taxi service.

Huion Kamvas 24 Pen Displays

Huion Kamvas 24 Pen Displays
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Huion’s displays are created for artists and designers, with built-in pen support for drawing and painting on screen. The 24″ displays come in QHD (2560 x 1440) and 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolutions, and are Windows/MacOS compatible. Their battery-free pens have a 5080 LPI resolution, 8192-level pressure and 60º tilt sensitivity.

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