Make: author Caleb Kraft came across this nifty plaything by Mike’s Electric Stuff, which uses sensors and a cylindrical grid of LEDs that simulate falling snow or sand as it’s flipped end-over-end. Mike needs to turn this thing into a toy you can buy. He’d sell thousands.
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Techmoan is back with more awesomely weird retro tech. This time, he shows off the Roland MT-80S, a compact music player that played back MIDI files using songs stored on a 3.5 inch floppy disk. Since it was designed for learning music, it also packed a digital metronome.
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. Tutorial, files, and code here.
The Circa alarm clock has an optional sleep sensor that will tell it to wake you up only when you’re in light sleep. It also comes with several soothing ambient noise tracks and a gentle pulsing light mode. You can also use it as a Bluetooth speaker and Internet radio.
Track your time and activities with this sleek analog hybrid smartwatch. Monitor your sleep cycles, count your steps and calories, and take pictures hands-free. Save 50% off regular price in The Awesomer Shop. Then use code CYBER20 for an extra 20% off thru 12/3/17.
This accent light can be used either a wall- or table-mounted, and displays colorful light animations which spread from its perimeter into the toroidal pattern in its center. Made from CNC machined maple wood with an etched acrylic top. Comes in 12″, 18″ and 24″ sizes.
An elegant sound system which can fill a room with music streamed from Spotify, Tidal, Napster, and Deezer, as well as FM and Internet radio, Bluetooth or optical sources, and even plays CDs. It also works in a whole-home audio system with Como’s other audio gear.
VETR’s flat desktop speakers use 1.3mm thick panels of real carbon fiber to produce an open and airy soundstage. Combined with the bundled compact subwoofer with dual 48-watt amps, they push out great volume too. Read our review of the prototypes over on Technabob.
Computer vision algorithms keep getting better and better at recognizing objects, people, and locations. In this demonstration video from Deep Python, using the Faster R-CNN framework, we get to see how good machine learning has become at identifying stuff.
If you thought the LED flashlight you bought was bright, wait til you get a load of this thing. Matt of DIY Perks recently got their hands on a $500, 500-watt LED module from YUJILEDs, unboxed it, then connected it to a power source to show off just how intense its beam is.
Waterproof, fireproof, small, tough, tiny, and bright. These multi-use aluminum LED lights are perfect for everyday carry and hang neatly on your keychain. Get your three-pack for 44% off from The Awesomer Shop. Take an additional 20% off with code BFRIDAY20 through 11/24/17.
So you just picked up that shiny new iPhone 8 or iPhone X. They both look great, but with both phones sporting a glass back, you need a case more than ever. Everyday Carry makes their picks for eight great iPhone cases that double as storage for cards, cash, and more.
Etsy store NancysJars makes LED night lights out of old VHS tapes. You can customize the LEDs and the picture. The latter doesn’t have to be from a movie, but if it is the shop will do its best to use a tape of that movie to make the night light. It’s powered by AAA batteries.
Building on its X1D-50c, Hasselblad’s new kit bundles the amazing medium-format mirrorless camera with a trio of XCD prime lenses (30mm, 45mm, and 90mm), a rugged Pelican carrying case, two batteries, lens cleaning accessories, and more. Hasselblad dealer list here.