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Milling a Metal Gear

Milling a Metal Gear

Machine shop DataPro shares hypnotic footage of a Datron CNC milling machine, as it takes a disc of aluminum and transforms it into a precise and smoothly formed gear. It was shot as a time-lapse, but won’t it be awesome when machines can do this in real time?

Wiiboy Color Handheld

Wiiboy Color Handheld

GingerofMods shows off an amazing portable game system that he built using parts from a Nintendo Wii. The trick to building the handheld was cutting up the Wii’s original circuit board and wiring them together with a mix of custom boards and circuits designed by Ginger and others in the modding community.

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ZOOOII Light-up Sneakers

ZOOOII Light-up Sneakers

These slick modern sneakers have electroluminescent wire embedded in their soles, plus an RGB LED logo patch on the back. They can be controlled via a smartphone app, and have motion sensors that can react to your foot movements. They have a laceless design and will come in both white and black variants.

GRAVITIS Wireless Car Charger

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.

DROP + MiTo GMK Mitolet Keycaps

DROP + MiTo GMK Mitolet Keycaps

We love the vibrant violet color of these custom keycaps from designer MiTO and DROP. Each key is made from a semi-matte ABS plastic, double-shot injected to resist fading over time. Those teal letters and numbers really pop and almost look like they’re lit by black light. Compatible with Cherry MX keys and clones.

Eureka Ergonomic Z1-S Gaming Desk

Eureka Ergonomic Z1-S Gaming Desk

One of the slicker looking desks we’ve seen for PC gamers, the value-priced Z1-S features dynamic “Z”-shaped metal legs, a faux carbon fiber surface, and has built in blue LED lighting, a headphone hook, drink holder, and a stand for controllers and games. PC cart and monitor arms sold separately.

Attack from Mars Mini Pinball Machine

Attack from Mars Mini Pinball Machine

Arcade1Up expands into the realm of digital pinball. This 3/4-scale version of the classic Attack from Mars plays just like the original, complete with haptic touch flippers and a tilt sensor. It has a 23.8″ LCD playfield, working scoreboard, and light-up backglass. It plays 10 other Bally/Williams classics by Zen Studios.

Building a Googol Counter

Building a Googol Counter

Googol is the mathematical label for 10 to the hundredth power or 1 followed by 100 zeros. If you tried to count to a Googol, even in milliseconds, you’ll never live to see the end of your count. Look Mum No Computer built an electronic counter that he hopes can be kept alive and running well past his time here on Earth.

Sonicware Liven XFM Synthesizer

Sonicware Liven XFM Synthesizer

Do you have a place in your heart for the sounds of the 1980s? Sonicware’s portable synthesizer makes FM sounds like many electronic instruments of the era, but can merge multiple sounds into one. It has a built-in 4-track sequencer, effects, filters, and more than 300 preset sounds. Their 8bit Warps synth looks nifty too.

Lumos Smart LED Bike Helmet

This modern bike helmet not only protects your head, it dramatically improves your visibility with its LED lighting. It has front-mounted white lights, and rear lights that brighten when braking. Its left- and right-turn signals can be triggered from a handlebar remote or with Apple Watch gestures.

Pocket Computers from the 1980s

Pocket Computers from the 1980s

These days, we all carry a very capable computer in our pockets. But back in the 1980s, pocket computers looked more like glorified calculators. The 8-Bit Guy takes a look at some of these early examples of miniaturization for a look at just how far computing technology has come in the last few decades.

2022 Tesla Model S

2022 Tesla Model S

Tesla’s latest Model S hasn’t changed much outside, but its interior has a sleek new look, premium materials, and a steering wheel out of a video game. The Long Range model can go 412 mi, while the Plaid and Plaid+ offer insane specs: 1020 hp and 1100 hp, both doing 0-to-60 in under 2 sec. The Plaid+ has a crazy 520 mi range.

Focal Celestee Headphones

Focal Celestee Headphones

These high-end closed-back cans from Focal have 1-5/8″ aluminum-magnesium drivers for clean sounds, deep bass and crisp highs and mids. Their luxe build features semi-aniline leather earpads, a sturdy aluminum yoke, a comfy leather-microfiber headband, and stainless steel, copper, and leather on the ear cups.

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Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved 5K2K Monitor

Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved 5K2K Monitor

Unlike most ultrawide displays, the Dell UltraSharp 40 offers 2160 vertical pixels, making it ideal for creating 4k content. Its total resolution is 5120 x 2160 with a 140 ppi density for crisp text. It’s accurate too, displaying 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and 100% of the Adobe sRGB color space.

Anker PowerHouse II Power Stations

Anker PowerHouse II Power Stations

Anker’s portable power stations are ready to juice up gadgets numerous times, so they’re great for extended camping trips and location shoots. They come with multiple USB-C, USB-A, and 12VDC ports, as well as one or two AC outlets. They come in 300W/388.8Wh and 500W/777Wh models that charge 8 or 11 devices, respectively.

Sony Alpha 1 Camera

Sony Alpha 1 Camera

Sony’s flagship mirrorless camera has a 50.1 mp full-frame sensor and can capture up to 30 fully-focused stills per second. It shoots 8K video at 30 fps and has five-axis, in-body image stabilization. Its ISO range is 100-32,000 for videos and 50-102,400 for stills, and its 240 fps OLED viewfinder won’t black out during rapid shots.

8BitDo Arcade Stick

8BitDo Arcade Stick

Game accessory maker 8BitDo’s stick is the perfect controller for all of your favorite arcade games. Sporting a retro Nintendo-inspired look, it works via Bluetooth, 2.4Ghz, or wired connections, and encourages modders to swap components. Ideal for both PC and Nintendo Switch gaming.

Elago T4 Apple TV Case

Elago T4 Apple TV Case

Do you have an Apple TV? Tired of staring at that boring black box sitting on your TV stand? Elago’s clever cover transforms Apple’s set-top streaming box into a retro gaming system. The Super Famicom-inspired silicone cover is strictly cosmetic, but it looks awesome. Elago also makes a matching cover for the Apple TV remote.

Windows Sounds A Capella

Windows Sounds A Capella

It’s been a while since we booted up a computer running Windows XP or Vista, but the memories came flooding back as soon as we clicked play on this clip from Korean a capella group MayTree, who sang some of memorable sounds from Microsoft’s early-2000s operating systems. Their Movie Intro Medley is a hoot too.

Giant SD Card

Giant SD Card

The whole idea behind SD and MicroSD cards is that they’re small enough to carry around in your pocket. But that also means they’re easy to lose. Useless Mod solved this problem by building a 10x size scale replica of a SanDisk SDXC memory card that’s guaranteed not to get lost, and actually works as a storage device.

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WOWCube Entertainment System

WOWCube Entertainment System

It may look like a Rubik’s Cube, but this 2x2x2 puzzle is much more. It has 24 LCD screens, 8 processors, motion and touch sensors, and plays a variety of mobile games. It can also be used to display information widgets on its screens. It’s expected to launch by late 2021 with a price of $249. Place your reservation here.

GE C by GE Sol Smart Light

This sleek, modern table light offers the voice capabilities of a standalone Amazon Alexa device. Its efficient LED lighting source can be programmed to change color temperature from cool to warm, and scheduled using a smartphone app. Save 55% in The Awesomer Shop.

NEC LaVie Mini Computer

NEC LaVie Mini Computer

Made by Lenovo’s NEC division, this mini PC features an 8″ full HD touchscreen that can fold into tablet mode, and is powered by a high-efficiency Intel Core i7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics. An add-on controller module and TV dock turn the system into a Switch-like gaming system. It’s currently just a concept but likely to go into production.

OmniCase Pro USB-C Docking Station

OmniCase Pro USB-C Docking Station

This portable USB-C hub adds a variety of ports to your laptop, including Ethernet, USB 3.0, 4K HDMI, SD and TF memory slots, along with high-speed 100W USB-C charging. Its magnetic lid provides a clever storage tray for its cables. There’s also a smaller Mini version that lacks the charging and the Ethernet port.

Humble Design Expression Powerhouse Bundle

Humble Design Expression Powerhouse Bundle

Load up your Windows PC with great creative software (and support a good cause) with this pay what you want bundle. A buck or more gets you Pinnacle Studio 24 Ultimate. Pay the average, and get MultiCam Capture XL. But for $30 or more, you’ll also get Corel Painter 2020 and tons of brushes to add to your digital toolbox.

Banana Phone

Banana Phone

Remember when you were a kid and you pretended a banana was a telephone? Well, now you can talk to someone on the other end of the line thanks to the Banana Phone. This fruity accessory connects via Bluetooth, so you can make and receive calls on it. It doubles as a speaker, though bananas aren’t known for their acoustics.

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