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Cairo Throw

Cairo Throw

Artist Susan Kare is known for her design of the system icons used on the original Apple Macintosh. In addition, she created the Cairo “dingbats” typeface, which can now be enjoyed on one of Areaware’s woven 50″ x 70″ blankets, crafted from 100% organic cotton. Available in black/white, green/pink, or grey/yellow.

Plotter Fun

Plotter Fun

“It’s like a 3D printer, but in 2D!” Plotters have been around for decades, providing a unique way to output vector-based drawings. Electronics tinkerer Mixtela took some time to play around with the tech, and shows how they’re still a fun and unique way of creating art. You can check out his nifty PlotterFun app here.

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Fit Relief Muscle Stimulator

This wearable device provides both EMS and TENS muscle stimulation during and after workouts. These technologies have been proven to improve blood flow, reduce recovery times, and provide pain relief. It works in concert with a mobile app to target specific muscles, as well as adjust its speed and intensity.

Elegant Series Arcade Table

Elegant Series Arcade Table

This cocktail style arcade system is ideal for two-player gaming in both horizontal and vertical orientations. It’s got a 26″ flat screen display, a tempered glass top, and slide-out controller drawers on three sides. Comes loaded with 1162 ’80s and ’90s arcade games, and a pair of swivel stools. Measures 37″l x 28″w x 28″h.

LED Electric Guitar

LED Electric Guitar

Thanks to modern technology, low-voltage, electronically-controlled lighting can be integrated into all kinds of things. Immerge Interactive shows off a project they did where they embedded colorful LED illumination into a Fender Telecaster guitar. It works with their software to display patterns in sync with the music.

The Big Tré Desk Dock

The Big Tré Desk Dock

Give your Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 a clean new look with Purpose Made Products’ desktop docks. It provides a smooth and integrated look to Apple’s input devices, and adds a resting place for your wrists while typing. Available in white or black to match your keyboard and trackpad. Made from durable PVC foam.

DeepFaceDrawing

DeepFaceDrawing

Machine learning technology continues to get more and more impressive – especially when it comes to working with images. A group of researchers from China are showing off DeepFaceDrawing, an amazing piece of software which can synthesize photorealistic human faces using nothing more than a rough pencil sketch.

Barnacle Vibe 2.0 Waterproof Speaker

This top-rated Bluetooth speaker is perfect for outdoor use – even in the swimming pool. The Barnacle Vibe 2.0 is completely sealed from water, and can play music with or without a sound source, thanks to its built-in 8GB of iTunes-compatible storage. Runs for up to 8 hours on a charge, and mounts just about anywhere.

Carmen Sandiego Handheld

Carmen Sandiego Handheld

Basic Fun, the guys behind the portable version of The Oregon Trail, comes another retro-inspired handheld game. This time, we get the educational mystery adventure Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, complete with authentic sounds, graphics, and gameplay, and a case that looks like a tiny computer from the 1980s.

Deal: Fusion Bio2 Fitness Watch

Track your heart rate, steps, calories, and more with this bargain-priced smartwatch from Striiv. It offers continuous heart rate monitoring, along with caller ID, text, and app notifications on its touchscreen display. Save 68% in The Awesomer Shop.

Autonomous LiDAR NERF Robot

Autonomous LiDAR NERF Robot

Engineer James Bruton is always building amazing things in his workshop. He recently got his hands on a LiDAR scanner unit which can enable 3D computer vision and capture navigational data. He used the device to guide a robot that looks for movement all around it, then turns to fire at what it detected. Demo starts at 17:54.

Mad Media GoPro Mount

Mad Media GoPro Mount

When it comes to extreme action video, Mad Media is at the top of their game. The guys behind the Mint 400 dirt race have now released a pro tool from their arsenal to the public. This adjustable aluminum roll cage mount ensures your GoPro won’t move or fall off while traversing even the most punishing terrain at speed.

Infrared Thermometer Deal

It’s more critical than ever to keep tabs on your temperature. This gun-style infrared thermometer lets you check temperatures without any contact, increasing safety, and allowing for quick readings of multiple people. Takes accurate readings in under 1 second in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. Save 53% in The Awesomer Shop.

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Humble Software Bundle 3

Humble Software Bundle 3

Humble has teamed up with software maker Ashampoo to deliver an outstanding “pay what you want” deal on Windows productivity and utility software like Backup Pro, PhotoCommander, PDF Pro, WinOptimizer, and more. A portion of every purchase goes to American Cancer Society, Child’s Play, and a charity of your choice.

Rotary Dial Cell Phone

Rotary Dial Cell Phone

Frustrated with the hyperconnected world of smartphones, engineer Justine Haupt designed and built a custom cell phone that replaces the modern touchscreen with an old-fashioned rotary dial. She’s had so many requests from followers that she’s open-sourced the design and is offering a partial kit so you can build your own.

Africa on Tesla Coils

Africa on Tesla Coils

Toto’s 1982 hit Africa has seemingly been covered a million times. But we can say with certainty that this is the first time we’ve heard it played by a pair of high-voltage Tesla coils. We could almost feel the hairs on the back of our neck standing up from the electricity. Performance by Franzoli Electronics.

SEGA Game Gear Micro

SEGA Game Gear Micro

A diminutive version of SEGA’s 8-bit Game Gear handheld. The system measures just 3.1″w x 1.7″h x 0.8″d, and will come in four colors, each with four games. Its 1.15″ screen is so tiny that they’re selling a magnifier called the “Big Window Micro.” Launching in Japan on 10.6.20 for about $45 each. Collect them all!

GOgroove Monitor Stand Speaker

GOgroove Monitor Stand Speaker

This useful desktop accessory gives your computer display a 3″ lift, while also boosting your audio. It’s got a USB-powered amplifier, two 2″ high/mid drivers, and a 4″ woofer, all in a single box that costs less than 40 bucks. Holds monitors and all-in-one computers weighing up to 22 lb. It also has headphone and mic jacks on front.

RAVPower 24W Solar Charger

Capture the energy of the sun while you backpack or camp out. This set of solar cells weighs just 1.65 lb and unfolds to maximize its surface area. Simply plug your devices into its three USB ports, and let them recharge while you enjoy the outdoors. Save 33% in The Awesomer Shop.

The Worst Computer Typo

The Worst Computer Typo

If you work with computers regularly, you probably have a story about a time when you lost a bunch of work due to either a crash or a mistake. Tom Scott recounts a time that he made an irreversible rookie mistake that cost countless hours of work, and talks a bit about the importance of backups and undo/redo systems.

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Helm Audio DB12 AAAMP

Helm Audio DB12 AAAMP

Helm Audio took the high-end audio of a THX-certified AAA amplifier and crunched it down into a pocket-sized gadget. The DB12 AAAMP boosts power for planar magnetics and high-impedance headphones with a bare minimum of distortion. It’s ideal for smartphone and laptop users, and runs for up to 6 hours on a charge.

Retro Tech: SEGA Grand Piano

Retro Tech: SEGA Grand Piano

Techmoan checks out another unusual gadget from the past – though this one only dates back to 2007. For a brief period of time, videogame company SEGA’s toy division made a pricey miniature grand piano with mechanical keys that move in time with the music. You could also play it yourself – if your fingers were really tiny.

Evercade Handheld Arcade

Evercade Handheld Arcade

Unlike many other handheld retro systems, the Evercade plays licensed games, rather than pirated ROMs. Games play smoothly on its crisp 4.3″ widescreen, and come in collections on cartridges, another nice retro touch. The Premium Pack includes Atari, Data East, and Interplay carts packed with 8-bit and 16-bit games.

eBay in 1988

eBay in 1988

Squirrel Monkey’s retro tech series “Wonders of the World Wide Web” ponders what it might have been like if eBay shipped on a stack of floppy diskettes, and ran on a late 1980s PC. It includes the most hilariously skeuomorphic user experience since Microsoft BOB.

Sinji Flexible Borescope Camera

This Wi-Fi enabled camera sits at the tip of a 2-meter-long cable, allowing you to grab images in dark and hard to access places, like inside of a wall or even down your drain. It’s waterproof, and has six bright LED Lights for illuminating your subject. Also available in a 5-meter version. Save 22% in The Awesomer Shop.

Audioengine A5+ Speakers

Audioengine A5+ Speakers

Audioengine’s powered bookshelf speakers crank out 150 watts of power, and feature aramid fiber woofers and silk tweeters for crisp, punchy, and clean audio. They come in wired or Bluetooth wireless versions, with black or white lacquer or natural bamboo finishes. They’re especially awesome as computer speakers.

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