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2021 Sony VAIO Z Laptop

2021 Sony VAIO Z Laptop

Sony’s flagship laptop for 2021 features a uniquely 3D-contoured carbon fiber shell, and weighs under 2.3 pounds. It has a powerful 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, Iris Xe graphics, a 14″ 4K display, up to a 2TB SSD, and up to 32GB of RAM. Plus, it runs for up to 10 hours on a charge.

Naztech Elite Series Metal Lightning Cable

Sick of broken charging cables? Never again with this premium 4-foot cable from Naztech. Its jacket is made from tangle-resistant spring-wound metal, and it has reinforced stress reliefs and aluminum connectors for durability. Grab one for 26% off in The Awesomer Shop.

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ScanMira 3D Scanning Mirror

ScanMira 3D Scanning Mirror

Scanning 3D models of objects used to require dedicated scanning equipment. But if you have an iPhone with FaceID, its cameras, sensors, and processing power can be used to grab scans. The ScanMira reflects the FaceID lenses by 90 degrees, so you can see what you’re scanning on-screen, resulting in higher-quality scans.

PC Fan Model Airplane

PC Fan Model Airplane

Airplane enthusiast Peter Sripol’s followers gave him a challenge: Could he build an airplane that’s entirely propelled by PC cooling fans? After testing a few different fans and configurations, he came up with a lightweight design he was satisfied with. We wonder if it could be scaled up with more fans and batteries.

Voltheat Avalanche X Heated Gloves

With Voltheat’s top-of-the-line winter gloves, you’ll never have cold hands again. These heated gloves offer soothing warmth at three different power settings, and can run for up to 5 hours on a charge. They feature double-reinforced leather palms for long life, and are great for all winter activities. Save 14% in The Awesomer Shop.

Retio Radio Speaker

Retio Radio Speaker

This clock radio is a beautiful tribute to retro technology. It combines a clock, an AM/FM radio, and a high-quality Bluetooth speaker in one. Each handmade radio is built with warmly-glowing vintage nixie tubes to display the time and an American black walnut enclosure with a 360 brass bezel and knurled knobs.

Deal: TEZL HD Webcam

Upgrade your video streaming and videoconferencing with this high-definition 1920 x 1080 webcam for just $29.95. It has a built-in microphone with automatic noise reduction, along with a lens flip cover to protect your privacy when it’s not in use. It’s compatible with Windows or Mac computers.

Self-Playing Circle Guitar

Self-Playing Circle Guitar

Wonder World shows us an unusual guitar that uses a motorized wheel to strum its strings, so the person playing it only needs to worry about the frets. Anthony Dickens‘ unique instrument has a other interesting innovations like the ability to output sounds one string at a time with the push of a button.

RadioGlobe

RadioGlobe

Product designer and engineer Jude Pullen created this internet-connected globe that doubles as an international radio tuner. By rotating it to a location beneath its pointer, you can listen to streaming audio from over 2,000 stations around the world. Find the build guide on Instructables and read more on DesignSpark.

Vector Synthesizer

Vector Synthesizer

The Vector is one of the niftiest electronic music makers we’ve seen. Its 16-voice hybrid synthesis module can create some badass sounds. Its touchscreen lets you manipulate complex sounds visually, as shown in this in-depth video from Red Means Recording. It’s currently sold out but its makers are working on more.

RickRoll in 4K

RickRoll in 4K

Thanks to video enhancement technology, we can now enjoy Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up in crystal clear 4K resolution at 60 fps. Revideo created this crisp remaster of the internet’s favorite music video using Topaz Video Enhance AI and RIFE (Flowframes). Here’s hoping the lawyers don’t yank it down.

Amazon Smart Cuckoo Clock

Amazon Smart Cuckoo Clock

The Smart Cuckoo Clock is one of the Day1 Editions Amazon will build if it garners enough pre-orders. The stylish wall clock has an analog face, a swinging pendulum, and a mechanical cuckoo, along with digital chimes and alarms. It also has an LED timer that can be controlled with a nearby Amazon Echo device.

MCP Cassette Player

MCP Cassette Player

Artist Love Hultén is a master at creating interactive electronic works inspired by retro technology. While the MCP Cassette Player isn’t as complex as say, his VOC-25 synthesizer, it’s still a fun piece. It’s basically a tape player that looks like a wind-up toy and lets its user control the tape’s playback speed with analog control.

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Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Techmoan looks back at a popular toy sold from the 1960s to the 1980s. Made by General Electric, and later by Gabriel Toys, the Show ‘N Tell combined a record player with a filmstrip projector. As kids played the “PictureSound” records, the film strip moved through the light path, casting images onto a rear-projection screen.

Drop x THX AAA One Headphone Amplifier

Drop x THX AAA One Headphone Amplifier

THX AAA linear amplifier tech offers some of the cleanest audio we’ve ever heard, so we’re stoked for this new headphone amp from Drop. This unit is a slimmed-down version of their THX 789 amp, designed for driving headphones at all impedance levels. You can also use it as a pre-amp for powered speakers or a power amp.

HUDWAY Glass Heads-Up Navigation Display

This low-cost gadget adds a heads-up display to any car. It uses your phone’s screen as its projection source, which reflects onto a see-through screen you can attach to your dashboard. It works with a variety of smartphone GPS apps to display your speed and driving directions, so you can keep your eyes on the road ahead.

How EV Motors Are Made

How EV Motors Are Made

Manufacturing motors for EVs and hybrids is a very different process from making conventional engines. In this video, you’ll go inside the factory where Audi produces its EV motors, and robots and humans work in concert to transform metal, plastic, and coils of copper wire into a modern and powerful mode of propulsion.

Nokia Power Earbuds

These lightweight earbuds from Nokia let you enjoy your tunes without wires. They feature 6mm graphene drivers for high-quality sound, and play for up to 5 hours per charge. The included charging case provides up to 30 additional charges on the go. Save an extra $29 with code LISTEN29 at checkout in The Awesomer Shop.

Unreal MetaHuman Creator

Unreal MetaHuman Creator

Epic Games is showing off an amazing computer graphics tool that connects to the cloud to create synthetic humans in minutes, rather than days or weeks. The models it creates are incredibly detailed and realistic and can be immediately exported for use in Unreal Engine. Check out two sample MetaHumans here.

TourBox Neo Creative Controller

This controller’s mix of programmable buttons, a D-pad, knobs, and a smooth-turning scroll wheel complements your mouse, trackpad, or tablet in creative workflows. It works with Mac and Windows apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Final Cut, Premiere, and more. Save another $10 with code CREATE10.

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Cashew Smart Wallet

Keep your cards and cash secure in this high tech wallet. It not only features Bluetooth-based tracking to alert your phone if it leaves your location, its fingerprint sensor ensures nobody but you or someone you authorize can open it and access its contents. Save 32% in The Awesomer Shop.

Hammer Fidget Spinner Keycap

Hammer Fidget Spinner Keycap

Are you often bored at your desk? Take a break from typing and get to fidgeting! Custom keycap designers Hammer created these playful caps which add a mini fidget spinner to a single key. They come in a variety of vibrant colors and are Cherry MX compatible. We dare you to cover your entire keyboard with these.

Mopoint 3-Device Charger

Despite its compact size, this charger can provide up to 65W for fast-charging of laptops, smartphones, and other gadgets. It has two 65W USB-C ports and an 18W USB-A port, which can charge simultaneously. Its GaN chip assures optimal power management, and it works with US/EU/UK/AU outlets from 100V to 240V.

LectroSound Sleep + Relax White Noise Machine

Diffused static sounds like white noise are known to improve relaxation and sleep. This analog gadget can generate a variety of tones across the brown, white, and pink noise spectrums to help dial in what works best for you. It’s powered by a USB connector, so you can plug it into your computer, or a spare charger.

iFixit Manta Driver Kit

iFixit Manta Driver Kit

With this 112-bit driver kit from iFixit, you’ll never be caught without the proper tool for opening gadgets. It comes with 1/4″ and 4mm bit driver handles with magnetic bit sockets, knurled grips, and swivel tops, and high-quality bits made from S2 and 6150 steel. And if anything ever breaks, it’s covered by iFixit’s lifetime warranty.

Couchmaster Cybot Lap Desk

Couchmaster Cybot Lap Desk

This oversize lap desk opens up a serious workspace while you sit on the couch or in bed. It has a vented spot for up to a 17″ laptop, along with a large mousepad, built-in wrist pads, a tablet holder, and pockets for your mouse and other accessories. Its padded armrests provide support and comfort and can be repositioned.

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