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Heckler iPad Stand

Heckler iPad Stand

Since iOS 13.4, you can connect trackpads and mice to an iPad, making them more viable than ever as a laptop replacement. Heckler’s iPad Stand puts your tablet at just the right height for work and Zoom calls, and also is great when using MacOS Sidecar for a second screen. They also make a matching MacBook stand.

X-Mirage for Mac

This handy software lets iOS you wirelessly mirror, stream, and record video and audio from you mobile device screens onto MacOS computers. It can mirror multiple devices at once, and is a great way to play mobile games on a bigger screen. Grab a lifetime license for just 10 bucks in The Awesomer Shop.

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HybridDrive Storage Hub

HybridDrive Storage Hub

Feeling constrained by the limited ports and expensive storage on modern MacBooks or other USB-C devices? The HybridDrive adds two USB-A 3.1 Gen 2, full function USB-C, 4K60Hz HDMI with HDR, and SD and MicroSD ports, while also adding high speed solid-state storage. Available in capacities from 128GB to 2TB.

Human-powered Tesla

Human-powered Tesla

If you want to charge up the big battery packs in a Tesla in any reasonable amount of time, you need a special high-voltage charger. But is it possible to recharge one of Elon Musk’s electric cars with human power? Watch as nine cyclists in Finland attempt to do just that, with their bicycles wired up to a Tesla Model X.

Building a Giant 3D Printer 2.0

Building a Giant 3D Printer 2.0

After building himself an huge 3D printer from scratch, Ivan Miranda thought he could do even better. The new version features a more reliable, and lighter weight bed mechanism, and greater rigidity for the carriage and printer base. The goal is cleaner and more reliable oversize prints, and a machine that’s easier to work with.

Sony ZV-1 Vlogging Camera

Sony ZV-1 Vlogging Camera

Based on Sony’s RX100, the ZV-1 is a digital camera for vloggers. It has a 3″ hi-res touchscreen that can flip out sideways for selfies, a 3-capsule directional microphone, and a recording indicator light on front. Its lens is a ZEISS 24-70mm zoom at f/1.8-2.8, with a 20.1MP 1″ sensor that shoots video at 4K/24p and 30p.

GoPro Zeus Mini Light

GoPro Zeus Mini Light

GoPro diversifies from the camera biz with this versatile light source. The Zeus Mini has 10 LEDs that kick out 200 lumens. It comes with a clip and 360º swivel mount, and is compatible with standard GoPro mounts. It’s waterproof to 33ft (10m), offers four brightness levels, and comes with a diffuser for smooth illumination.

Brass GameBoy Color

Brass GameBoy Color

Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.

Carving a Wood Mouse

Carving a Wood Mouse

After building himself a rustic keyboard from wood, builder of things The Q decided to make a matching mouse. He started out with a hunk of nice hardwood, copied the shape of a plastic mouse onto it, then got to work cutting it down, sculpting its form, then carving out its center to make room for its mechanism.

SHIFT RED Drone Package

SHIFT RED Drone Package

This compact quadcopter is perfect for novice flyers. It has a 1080p/30 camera on board, and offers eight different auto-pilot modes for capturing cinematic shots, software-based stabilization, and includes a one-handed controller that offers an intuitive piloting experience. Save 20% in with code SUMMERSAVE20 (exp. 5.26.20).

X-Bows Knight Plus Ergo Keyboard

X-Bows Knight Plus Ergo Keyboard

X-Bows’ low-profile mechanical keyboard has a curved mid-section that places wrists in the optimal position, and its detachable numpad can be placed on either its left or right side. It can be equipped with Gateron switches in a variety of feedback levels, and has full RGB backlighting. Deal available for a limited time from Drop.

Milwaukee M12 Bluetooth Radio

Milwaukee M12 Bluetooth Radio

Milwaukee Tool’s 2951-20 job site audio system features a rugged housing that’s water and dust resistant. It has AM and FM radio tuners, a backlit LCD clock, and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices. When plugged in, it doubles as a charger for M12 batteries for Milwaukee’s cordless power tools.

DIY Smartphone Camera Rigs

DIY Smartphone Camera Rigs

There are lots of off-the-shelf accessories for improving smartphone photography, but if you’re the DIY type, check out COOPH’s tip video, which showcases a handful of low-budget, homebrew rigs you can make from stuff you probably already have in your closet or utility drawer.

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GPD WIN Max Handheld Gaming PC

GPD WIN Max Handheld Gaming PC

This ultracompact gaming PC is designed to play the latest AAA games. It runs Windows 10, and packs a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, an Intel Iris Plus G7 GPU, a 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM into a mag-aluminum chassis. It has an 8″ 1280×800 display (189ppi), dual analog gamesticks, a D-pad, ABXY, and shoulder buttons.

Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

New Wave Toys expands their lineup of retro-inspired miniatures with a pair of detailed, working boomboxes. The M90 Mini is about 40% of the size of its muse, with dual 2.5″ speakers and 16w of amplification, while the teensy M90 Micro is a 1/6th scale replica that looks perfect alongside Replicade arcade machines.

Zeus Wallet

Zeus Wallet

This slick, technically-styled wallet is made of engraved 6061 aluminum, and features modular, swing-out compartments for accessing individual cards. Optional modules include a sliding box for loose change, bills, or keys, as well as a loss tracker with alarm, flashing lights, and Bluetooth integration.

Giant Wave in a Box

Giant Wave in a Box

South Korea-based creative studio d’strict created this cool public art display that uses a series of wrap-around screens to make it look like ocean waves contained in a giant box. Of course it helped that they had a massive set of ultra high-def LED displays built by Samsung at Seoul’s equivalent of Times Square.

Autowit Car Jump Starter

If you find yourself stuck with a weak car battery, you usually need another vehicle to give you a jump start. But with this seemingly magical gadget on hand, you can restart your car solo. Its high-density supercapacitors grab the remaining power from your battery to produce the jolt needed to get it started again.

Vacuum Tube Flash Drives

Vacuum Tube Flash Drives

Latvian gadget maker SlavaTech creates USB flash drives that are encased in authentic vacuum tubes. Each one has an LED that lights up when the drive is plugged in, giving it that warm, vintage glow. They come in 8GB to 256GB storage capacities.

Gas Bottle Speakers

Gas Bottle Speakers

X-Creation likes to put speakers into a kinds of unlikely places. After building a wheelbarrow boombox, he created a stereo sound system by making cutouts in a pair of gas cylinder bottles, and installing speakers, crossovers, wiring, and sound-reactive lighting inside.

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DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

Adafruit Industries shares a relatively simple, yet very cool project – a wand which displays a persistence of vision illusion when waved in the air. Naturally, the build uses parts from Adafruit, including DotStar LEDs, and a Feather controller board. Check out the tutorial, files, and code here.

Infinite Anime Characters

Infinite Anime Characters

Disproportionately big eyes, a sailor’s outfit, brightly-colored hair… these are but a few of the trademark characteristics of girls in anime. Over at MakeGirlsMoe, machine learning algorithms can generate a seemingly endless set of anime characters, as seen in the video here.

Popcorn Linux PC

Popcorn Linux PC

This pocket-sized computer runs a full version of Debian 10 w/mainline Linux, and packs a 1080p touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, expandable storage via SD card, 4x USB-C connectors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. There’s also a version with LoRaWAN tech for low-power, long range communications. Available 8.2020.

CyberSaber Swords

CyberSaber Swords

Have you dreamt of wielding a lightsaber like the ones in the Star Wars saga? These machined aluminum CyberSabers take inspiration from those, but offer a streamlined, cyberpunk aesthetic. They light up in 11 different colors, and make cool sci-fi sound effects as you swing them around. Save 27% in The Awesomer Shop.

Unsolvable Computer Problems

Unsolvable Computer Problems

Computers are pretty capable these days. And while most problems boil down to a series of mathematical computations, Tom Scott points out that there are some kinds of abstract problems that even the smartest programmers with the most powerful supercomputers can’t figure out.

BenQ e-Reading Swing Arm Lamp

BenQ e-Reading Swing Arm Lamp

BenQ’s swing-arm LED lamp kicks out a much wider field of light than typical desk lamps. It’s been optimized for on-screen reading, and minimizes glare. You can adjust its brightness and color temperature from 2700K to 5700K, and it has an ambient light sensor. Made from lightweight zinc and aluminum alloy.

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