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Evebot Print X Portable Color Printer

Evebot Print X Portable Color Printer

This handheld color printer can print on any surface, including fabric. When combined with its optional docking station, it works as a traditional inkjet printer capable of printing on A4, A5, or A6 size paper. From the looks of the prototype, its full-sheet prints are a bit stripey, but it still looks like a versatile little gadget.

Dart Blaster Helmet

Dart Blaster Helmet

“It’s like my head is the Razor Crest.” Maker and Mythbuster Adam Savage shows off one of his more amusing builds – a head-mounted device that can fire dozens of foam darts in seconds. He started out with a pair of circular D-Dart Pro Blasters, modded them to be more powerful, and to be fired via a remote control.

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Birdbuddy Smart Bird Feeder

Birdbuddy Smart Bird Feeder

Get up close and personal with the birds that stop by your yard with the Birdbuddy. This modern bird feeder has a high-resolution camera that automatically captures photos and video of our fine feathered friends and alerts you to their visits on your smartphone. AI tech even identifies their species.

LEGO Automated Toilet Paper Dispenser

LEGO Automated Toilet Paper Dispenser

Smoothly dispensing toilet paper is definitely a first-world problem. In fact, we’re not even sure it’s a problem that needs to be solved at all. But that didn’t stop LEGO maker Technic Brick from engineering a solution using a variety of gears, connectors, a motor, an ultrasonic sensor, and an Arduino controller.

Train Changes Gauges

Train Changes Gauges

You might not know it, but depending on the location, trains might roll on different gauges of tracks. That normally means railroad engines and cars can only roll on compatible width tracks. But this ingenious rail car has an undercarriage that automatically adjusts its width to adapt between 1-meter-wide and 1.43-meter-wide tracks in Switzerland.

Wombo Dream AI Art Maker

Wombo Dream AI Art Maker

This amazing art generator uses AI tech to create original images based on a phrase. Simply enter a description of your desired artwork, choose a style, and click “create.” In less than a minute, it produces unique works of art that you can download, share, or print. There’s an NFT minting feature in the works.

The Fart Pedal

The Fart Pedal

Guitarists have all kinds of effects pedals to choose from, adding echo, harmonics, warbles, and other sounds to their music. But as far as we know, this is the first pedal that turns every note you play into a fart. It even lets you adjust the gas output and toggle between wet and dry flatulence.

Battery Organizer Briefcase

Battery Organizer Briefcase
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Sick of digging through drawers looking for batteries? Keep them all in one spot in this briefcase-style organizer. It’s got foam cutouts for AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and button batteries, along with zippered pockets for other sizes. It also comes with a battery tester, and its makers claim its fireproof, waterproof, and even explosionproof.

Portable Mac Mini

Portable Mac Mini

If you want a portable Mac, you can pick up a Mac Book. But Scott Yu-Jan wanted something with better reliability. So took his M1 Mac Mini and converted it into a portable by creating a 3D-printed bracket that holds the computer and an iPad Mini for its display. Now, if only the computer ran on batteries…

Why Circuit Boards Are Green

Why Circuit Boards Are Green

With their green and copper color scheme, circuit boards have a distinctive look. It turns out that there’s a good reason that so many of them are the same color. Today I Found Out offers an in-depth explanation of how circuit boards are made, what they’re made from, and why they look like they do.

Making a Driveable 3D Printed Tank

Making a Driveable 3D Printed Tank

Ivan Miranda built himself a massive 3D printer, so what better to use it for but to make a 3D-printed tank that’s big enough to sit inside of and drive? He’s been working on the tank for some time but only recently added the seat and control pedals. He plans on adding a turret and a cannon soon.

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, 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.

2023 Volkswagen ID. Buzz

2023 Volkswagen ID. Buzz

The VW bus is back, only this time it’s an EV. The compact, 5-passenger ID. Buzz will have a 150kW motor and a 77 kWh battery, charging from 5% to 80% in 30 minutes. It offers car-like aerodynamics and will come in a cargo version as well. Coming to Europe in fall 2022 and the US in 2023 with a 3-row option.

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How to Make Images Look Engraved

How to Make Images Look Engraved

Do you like the artful, monochrome look of engravings like the illustrated portraits on currency? Texturelabs shows us how to achieve that exact look by creating a custom wavy texture, using the Oil Paint filter, and a few other tricks inside of Adobe Photoshop.

Mac Studio + Studio Display

Mac Studio + Studio Display

The latest Mac for creative pros is small, but faster at most things than a Mac Pro. It can be configured with a 10-core M1 Max or 20-core M1 Ultra chip, and has multiple USB-C, Thunderbolt 4, and USB-A ports for connectivity. The 27″ 5K Studio Display has a 12MP camera with a 3-mic array, 6-speaker audio, and more.

Robotic Wheelchair Lifter Arm

Robotic Wheelchair Lifter Arm

Getting around in a wheelchair poses its challenges, especially when it comes to putting your chair away after sitting in a car. The AbiLoader by AbiliQuip can lift up a wheelchair parked next to the driver’s door and stow or retrieve it from the trunk in just 25 seconds.

Making the Mac Mini More Mini

Making the Mac Mini More Mini

As it is, the current-gen M1 Mac Mini computer is pretty compact for how powerful it is. But thanks to its thermal efficiency compared to the old model, it’s built into a case that’s bigger than it needs. Quinn Nelson from Snazzy Labs stripped down his Mac Mini and created a new enclosure that’s 78% smaller in volume.

The First Drum Machine

The First Drum Machine

We always thought that drum machines came along sometime in the 1970s, but it turns out that there was one model you could buy as early as 1959. Look Mum No Computer opens the doors to his personal museum for a look at the Wurlitzer Side Man to see how the ingenious way it made rhythms with electromechanical systems.

Wearable Robot Disc Launcher

Wearable Robot Disc Launcher

Shane from Stuff Made Here has made a career out of cheating at sports through the power of science and engineering. His latest build is a robust machine that can fling frisbees at speeds up to 115 mph. But can he use it without it breaking his arm?

Making an Electric Jet Engine

Making an Electric Jet Engine

A normal turbo-jet engine runs entirely on ignited fuel. Integza built something a little different – a jet engine that uses an electric motor to spin its compressor. He made its main chambers out of empty butane cans, while its fuel source is a mix of butane and propane. Along the way, he built a low-budget spot welder.

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Omni Ceiling Lamp

Omni Ceiling Lamp

This unique contemporary ceiling lamp from Italy features a borosilicate glass shade and ribs that help to diffuse and distribute light. Its bright LED light source can change color temperatures using your smartphone or smart home assistant, and it comes with a clear, copper-tinted, or gold-tinted shade.

Omnidirectional Missile Defense System

Omnidirectional Missile Defense System

South Korea is developing a weapon-defense system that can protect against long-range missiles. The “kill vehicle” can rapidly adjust its position using thrusters on its sides, making it difficult to avoid. See it in action at the 26-second mark in the video, right after Korea shows off their own long-range surface-to-air missiles.

Hot Wheels PC Upgraded

Hot Wheels PC Upgraded

If you spent any time using computers back in the 1990s, you might remember the electric blue Hot Wheels PC with the flame job. Shank Mods took one of these colorful computing relics and rebuilt it with the latest high-performance PC hardware, then set up a bank of three of the matching CRT monitors for widescreen gaming.

Fiber Optic Dot-Matrix Display

Fiber Optic Dot-Matrix Display

Dot-matrix displays are typically made using LEDs or LCDs mounted directly at the location of each dot. Elliot Made created this unique and fascinating display using a grid of LEDs mounted a short distance away, then channels light to each dot using fiber optics. It can display text, digits, animations, and also works as a clock.

LEDO Induction LEGO Light Bricks

LEDO Induction LEGO Light Bricks

There are a few kits out there that allow you to add lights to LEGO models, but this is the coolest take on the idea we’ve seen. Cultural Gutural created LEDO, light-emitting bricks that use wireless induction to illuminate. Move them near the base plate and they light up thanks to tiny coils and LEDS inside of each brick.

Wall Mural Printer

Wall Mural Printer

Normally, if you want a mural on your wall, you need to paint it. But the guys at Russia’s Cool Print SPB have a computer-controlled rig that does all the hard work. The machine rides on rails and then moves along the wall like a gigantic inkjet printer, outputting large-scale, full-color images. Longer tracks = wider images.

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