Do you suck at basketball? Maybe you need a robotic assist. Stuff Made Here has previously built a motorized basketball hoop that deflects a ball into the hoop, but only work if you at least hit the backboard. This new robot solves that problem, letting you toss the ball pretty much anywhere in its general vicinity.
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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. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.
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.
While we’d love to have a Boston Dynamics Spot robot to play with, the $74,500 price tag exceeds our toy budget. The Petoi Bittle may not be as large or sophisticated, but it certainly reminds us of the quadruped. Sold as an easy-to-assemble kit, the tiny robot uses 10 servos and a custom circuit board to control them.
Using an ordinary computer keyboard as a starting point, maker SKM managed to create a fully-functional keyboard that’s made out of cardboard and popsicle sticks. We’re not sure how long it will last, but it’s definitely more functional than his cardboard mechanical typewriter.
This interactive online plaything uses a recurrent neural network to produce loops of music that you can influence by moving around and clicking on objects in its scene. Once you’ve created a sound you like, you can share a link to your tune. Find out more details about the project here.
Designed for filtering out dust, bacteria, and other particulates while being active, this high tech mask also incorporates a pair of bone conduction speakers, which let you listen to music without wearing headphones. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity and has a microphone for making calls too.
This compact drone folds up small enough that you can carry it in your backpack. It can fly up to 1000 feet away for up to 16 minutes and can capture 2.7K images and video and beam them back to your phone via WiFi. It also has GPS-based positioning with follow-me and return-to-home functionality.
We’re not sure if they’re street legal, but we think every car should have taillights like the ones on this 1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-4. Steve Molans of Skeptik Innovations built these custom lights which use RGB LEDs and mirrors to create an infinite effect and can change colors. They still work as normal brake lights and turn indicators.
Keep your cool on hot and sticky summer days with a real air conditioning unit that runs on battery power. It can reduce air temperature by up to 30ºF in as little as 10 minutes, and runs entirely on battery or via a car cigarette lighter. It lasts up to 5 hours per charge and has a sleep mode for keeping your camping tent cool at night.
Ever wondered how drone maker DJI builds its little flying machines? The company released footage from inside of its assembly facility. The clip shows off some of the final stages of building Mavic 2 Zoom drones, including a bit where a computer flies each one for quality testing. You can find the original video on Weibo.
This desktop pad packs an impressive 15 charging coils, so you can wirelessly juice up six gadgets at the same time. Its center section doubles as a space for your computer keyboard when not being used to charge devices. Its base structure is made from a single piece of aluminum and measures 35.4″ w x 13.4″ d x 0.36″ thick.
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 and wired connections and encourages modders to swap components. Ideal for both PC and Nintendo Switch gaming. Pre-order now for its 10.20.2020 release.
At first glance, this looks like a modern and minimal desk. But DIY Perks wouldn’t show off something that basic. This table conceals a high-end Windows PC beneath its hardwood veneer surface. He had to spread out the components and get creative with the cooling system to fit everything inside of something so thin.
Never worry about burning your fingertips again with this long-reach candle lighter. It uses a clean-burning electric arc to reach candle wicks, fireplace tinder, and charcoal inside your grill, keeping a comfortable distance between your hand and the flame. It offers up to 130 lights per charge via its USB port.
When you’re inside of a modern car, it’s very easy to take all of its mechanical wizardries for granted. This footage gives you a much better idea of what your vehicle is dealing with under its body, as a specialized rig puts a BMW E39 M5 suspension, wheels, and tires to the test.
This retro-modernist alarm clock clearly gets inspiration from vintage Nixie tubes, but it uses LEDs instead. These red LEDs have big two advantages to Nixie: longevity and power consumption. The seven-digit display shows hours and minutes on its larger tubes, and seconds on the smaller ones. Note: Only supports 24-hour time.
This premium charging station from NYTSTND can juice up to four devices at the same time. Its base is made from Amish-sourced wood, while its surface conceals a five-coil Qi wireless charger. It also includes a USB-C or Lightning connector and a stand for charging a tablet, and a tray for your wallet, watch, and keys.
AKAI Pro’s standalone digital wind instrument can be played like a flute, oboe, or saxophone. It has 200 built-in acoustic and synthesized sounds, and can be listened to via its built-in speaker, a 1/4″ audio output, or headphones. It also works as a USB-MIDI controller.
The MicroFreak Vocoder Edition, is an an updated version of Arturia’s hybrid analog/digital synthesizer with voice-enhancing capabilities. It includes a 16-band vocoder and a gooseneck electret mic for capturing your voice. Those with a standard MicroFreak can add vocoder ability via a firmware update.
Whether your gadgets have a USB or USB-C port, this portable battery pack from HyperGear is ready to deliver its power. It has two USB ports and one USB-C port, and a maximum 15-watt total output. Find both 10,000 mAh and 20,000 mAh versions in The Awesomer Shop.
Altec Lansing’s rugged Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, snowproof, and shockproof. It has built-in Qi wireless charging and a USB charge port for your smartphone, and LED lighting which can sync with your tunes. It offers 20-hours of playtime per charge, though if you need more, there’s a 30-hour version, the Super LifeJacket Jolt.
Computer scientists from Google, MIT, and UC Berkeley have developed incredible image correction software that uses artificial intelligence to remove or soften unwanted shadows and harsh highlights from faces without affecting other naturally-occurring shadows. Read more about the tech on the project’s website.
This wireless camera sits on your fishing line and not only gives you insights about what’s down there but can capture some cool video footage of undersea life too. It shoots up to 1080p/60 resolution, has a night-vision green light, and works at depths up to 500 ft.
If you thought Imalent’s DX80 was bright, you ain’t seen nothing yet. With 18 Cree XHP70 LEDs and a special heat pipe cooling design, the MS18 can push out a blinding 100,000 lumens in its turbo mode. It drops to 25,000 lumens after 1 minute, but can run for nearly an hour at that brightness. Max beam distance is a crazy 4429 feet.
This set includes a sleek wireless Qi charging dock and a matching black case for your iPhone that magnetically clings to its angled stand, letting you view your phone while it charges, and ensuring it’s in exactly the right spot for charging. Available for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and iPhone SE models.
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