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EcoFlow RIVER Portable Power Station

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Keep your campsite running with this powerful and portable battery pack. With a capacity of 288Wh, it charges gadgets quickly, and its three AC outlets can power tools and household appliances. It has three USB-A ports, including one with fast charge, one USB-C 100W port, a 12VDC port, and built-in emergency light.

Abramtek E600 Bluetooth Speaker

Abramtek E600 Bluetooth Speaker
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This floor-standing Bluetooth speaker cranks out 100 watts of power and immersive 360º sound. Abramtek’s Dual-pressure Air Compression tech produces deep bass, and you can connect two speakers wirelessly for stereo sound. Each speaker measures 23.6″ h x 13.4″ across and comes with black or purple mesh.

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Engineering the GMC Hummer EV

Engineering the GMC Hummer EV

GMC’s new Hummer EV blends brains, brawn, and batteries into one impressive package. Incredibly, the electric truck and SUV were designed and engineered on a timeline about half that of a typical new vehicle. We went behind the scenes at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds for a look at some of the technology that made this possible.

Cairo Throw

Cairo Throw
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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.

3D Printing a Lighted Sign

3D Printing a Lighted Sign

3D printer manufacturer Piocreat shows how they made a colorful light-up sign of their logo using their Creatwit 3D printer, which is optimized for printing lettering. They filled the fronts of the letters with liquid acrylic to enhance the lighting effect, then laser-cut a backing sheet and attached LEDs before assembling the light.

Enhance Cryogen 3 Gaming Laptop Cooling Stand

Enhance Cryogen 3 Gaming Laptop Cooling Stand
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Gaming laptops are awesome, but they can generate a lot of heat when pushing millions of pixels through their GPUs. This aluminum desktop stand helps keep laptops cool with its five cooling fans. It has five height settings, an attachable smartphone holder, and integrated blue LED lighting.

Making a Mood Ring Keyboard

Making a Mood Ring Keyboard

Mood rings use special thermotropic liquid crystals that react to the heat of your fingers. Makers Evan and Katelyn wanted to see if they could create a set of keycaps that change colors in the same way. It took a lot of time and trial and error, but the finished keyboard looks really awesome.

Allegro Open-Ear Headphones

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These lightweight earphones let you enjoy music while hearing your surroundings. They feature an open design that floats outside of your ear canal to pipe in sound. They run for up to 5 hours per charge and have a built-in microphone for calls. Save an additional 15% through 8.4.2021 with code ANNUAL15.

Cassie Runs a 5K

Cassie Runs a 5K

A while back, we met a funny-looking robot known as Cassie. Developed by the OSU Dynamic Robotics Laboratory and Agility Robotics, the bipedal robot can walk and run ostrich-style. Her human masters have now figured out a way for Cassie to run a 5K on a single charge. The research could lead to improved efficiency for delivery robots.

HomePower ONE Backup Battery Power Station

Be prepared for power outages with this 1000W battery backup unit. It has three 110V AC outlets, two USB-C ports with PD 18W, one USB-A port with 5V/2.4A, one USB-A w/Quick Charge 3.0, and one 12V/10A car outlet. It’s capable of running some devices for up to seven days. Save an extra 15% through 8.4.21 with code ANNUAL15.

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Back in the 1980s, the demoscene was all about creating cool motion visuals and music using the computers of the day. Engineer Matthias Kramm figured out a way to create an old-school demo without a computer by hacking the output of an old Commodore 1541 floppy drive into a video signal. More details on his blog.

Tesla’s Paradise

Tesla’s Paradise

Franzoli Electronics fires up their tesla coils once more with a high-voltage performance of Coolio and L.V.’s Gangsta’s Paradise. The track sounds awesome as it buzzes through the man-made lightning, reminding us not to mess with West Coast rappers unless you’re in a Faraday cage.

Fjorden iPhone Camera Controller

Fjorden iPhone Camera Controller

The cameras in iPhones are impressive, but their controls aren’t great for pro shoots. The Fjorden attaches to the back of your iPhone and adds a two-stage shutter button, a zoom lever, a control dial, and a multi-function button like those found on a DSLR. It works with various camera apps and doubles as a kickstand.

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HD Webcam w/ Ring Light

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The webcams built into most laptops aren’t usually very good, and most desktop monitors don’t even have one. This add-on webcam offers 1080p HD resolution, an oval ring light to improve your image, and a noise-reducing directional microphone for clear audio. Grab one for 53% off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.

Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

If you’ve ever played with a vintage manual typewriter, you know how hard it can be just to hit those mechanical keys with enough force. JBV Creative built a custom robot that uses 3D-printed “fingers” and servo motors to type text and ASCII art on an old Remington Rand Office Riter. Money shot at 15:34.

AirProbe2 Wireless Grill Thermometer

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Keep tabs on your grilling and smoking with Tappecue’s AirProbe2 wireless temperature probe. It uses two sensors to provide accurate readings of the internal temperature of both your meat and the cooking chamber via a mobile app. Comes with a charging dock that can provide up to 12 hours of use per charge.

Kube4 Wireless Speaker

Kube4 Wireless Speaker

This large yet portable speaker is designed to provide crisp and punchy audio at high volumes without distortion. Its case is made from marine-grade plywood for substance and sound quality. It runs for up to 40 hours per charge and supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Network multiple Kube4s together for whole-home audio.

The Print Shop Online

The Print Shop Online

’80s kids might remember a little computer program called The Print Shop. Broderbund’s whiz-bang piece of software let users print out greeting cards, banners, and signs on dot-matrix printers. Now you can relive this classic thanks to Melody and April Ayres-Griffiths online emulation, complete with the ability to print to PDFs.

Artifact Bloom Glow Keycaps

Artifact Bloom Glow Keycaps
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These unique keycaps bring a fresh look to backlit mechanical keyboards. They feature an opaque diffuser on their tops, allowing whatever color light is below to glow through. Lettering has been moved to the sides, so they’re good even if you’re not a touch typer. The set comes with 129 Cherry MX-compatible keycaps.

Serafim Keybo Projection Keyboard

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This pocketable gadget transforms any smooth surface into a touch-based keyboard. It uses a laser to project a virtual keyboard and has the smarts to detect the positions of your fingers and when you type. It connects via Bluetooth or USB and also has a piano layout for playing music using a companion smartphone app.

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Making Analog Fractals

Making Analog Fractals

Fractal images are generally made with math algorithms on a computer. But it turns out that there was a way to create fractal images in the 1930s using multiple cameras and projectors. CodeParade explains how these analog patterns would have worked, and how to simulate them with a webcam and a monitor.

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.

Valve Steam Deck Handheld Gaming PC

Valve Steam Deck Handheld Gaming PC

Not to be confused with Elgato’s similarly-named gadget, Valve’s Steam Deck is a powerful handheld gaming PC. Running a custom AMD Zen 2 + RDNA 2 APU, the portable plays all the games in your Steam library smoothly on the go. It has analog thumbsticks, a D-pad, trackpads, triggers, and ABXY buttons built-in. Drops 12.2021

Apple AirTag Protector Case

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If there’s one problem with Apple’s AirTags, it’s that they don’t have a built-in way to hang them from a keychain or a bag. This accessory makes it easy to attach your AirTags to various objects, and offers a degree of added protection thanks to its strong thermoplastic and polycarbonate shell. Comes in black, grey, or red.

EXO Giga Bike PC

EXO Giga Bike PC

Most people who want a portable gaming PC buy a high-end laptop. Russian builder Yolenzo created a gaming rig on a bicycle. The Exo Giga Bike packs an AORUS Z590I Ultra mobo, an Intel Core i5-11600K CPU, an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU, a 2TB SSD, and 32 GB of RAM. They’re gonna need a really long power cord and HDMI cable.

Elgato Stream Deck MK.2

Elgato Stream Deck MK.2

Elgato updates its awesome 15-key programmable LCD keyboard with several new features. The MK.2 version offers interchangeable faceplates, a new stand design, and a USB Type-C port. The Stream Deck Store offers plugins, icon packs, royalty-free music and sound effects you can link to its keys.

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