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Deal LG B8 55″ OLED 4K HDR TV

Get a great deal on one of the best 4K TVs on the market. At half of its original price, the 55″ 2018 LG B8 offers up stellar colors, great contrast, and rich, inky blacks that only an OLED display can produce. It’s got support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG HDR formats, and LG’s excellent suite of Smart TV apps on board.

Casio PRO TREK PRT-B50

Casio PRO TREK PRT-B50

Like other Casio PRO TREK watches, the PRT-B50 is packed with useful features for outdoor adventures, like a step counter, compass, altitude, barometric, and temperature sensors. Now it adds Bluetooth connectivity to sync trip data with the PRO TREK Connected mobile app for Android or iOS.

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Kanto TUK Powered Speakers

Kanto TUK Powered Speakers

Kanto’s powered TUK stereo speaker system maximizes sound quality in a compact form factor. They crank out 260W peak power (130W total RMS) and their Air Motion Transformer tweeters and low-mass aluminum drivers minimize distortion. They support Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX HD, along with phono, RCA, and Optical inputs.

Baymax Takes a Ride

Baymax Takes a Ride

Engineers from Canada’s Laval University Robotics Laboratory show off their motion simulator robot by strapping a Baymax bobblehead to its platform. As you can see in this demo footage, the kinematically redundant parallel mechanism offers incredible flexibility when it comes to positioning its platform.

DOOGEE S68 Pro Rugged Phone

DOOGEE S68 Pro Rugged Phone

While name-brand phones keep getting thinner and more fragile, DOOGEE has gone against the grain with this ruggedized Android 9.0 model. It’s IP68 dropproof, waterproof, and dustproof, with protection from every side. It’s got a triple Sony AI rear camera, a 5.9″ 1080×2280 IPS display, Helio P70 CPU, and a huge 6300mAh battery.

Diple Smartphone Microscope

Diple Smartphone Microscope

Smart MicroOptics‘ tabletop gadget is designed to turn any smartphone into a high resolution microscope. The system will offer 35x-200x, 75x-500x, and 150x-1000x magnification modules, capturing details as small as 0.7 micron. Both a basic and precision sample stage are available.

Mini Cheetah Robots Show Off

Mini Cheetah Robots Show Off

The MIT Biomimetics Robotics department shows off a pack of its miniature “cheetah” robots, letting them frolic and roam the campus, showing off their agility along the way. The quadruped robots are about the size of medium-sized dog, and weigh just 20 pounds each. They can walk, run, flex, and even perform backflips.

DIY LED Video Wall

DIY LED Video Wall

It’s pretty clear from bitluni’s use of a chainsaw to cut his wood that he’s no carpentry expert, but he does know a thing or two about electronics. Check out the slick Arduino-controlled LED video wall he built in less than 24 hours. The parts list is in the video description on YouTube.

Robot Sword Fight

Robot Sword Fight

While the goal of American robot fighting is total annihilation, Japan prefers to stick with something a little more gentlemanly in its ROBO-ONE duels. Watch as bipedal bots Bluethunder and Metallic Fighter do battle in thoughtful close combat. We’re impressed that they’re able to stand themselves back up after a knock-down.

Orb Bike Light Bottle

Orb Bike Light Bottle

Improve your bicycle’s nighttime safety and visibility without installing extra equipment. Simply place this water bottle into your bottle cage, and you’ll get a bright source of light. It runs for up to 8 hours in constant mode, and 16 hours in flash mode. Of course, it still holds drinks too.

Samsung Chromebook Refurb Deal

Looking for a super cheap laptop? For under a hundred bucks, you can grab this refurbished 2012 Samsung Chromebook. It’s got an 11.6″ screen, an Exynos 5 Dual-Core 1.7GHz CPU, and is great for surfing the web, or working with Google’s convenient (and free) office applications.

Fotor Online Pro Image Editor

Grab a great deal on the Pro version of Fotor’s online image editing app. It includes tools for portrait touch-ups, over 100 photo effects, sticker and frame overlays, and cloud storage of your files. Choose a 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

Ford Mustang Lithium

Ford Mustang Lithium

Ford and Webasto turned up at the 2019 SEMA Show with a car that teases the automaker’s electric future. It looks much like any well-equipped pony car, the Mustang Lithium an 800-volt battery pack and a motor that generates 900+ hp and 1000+ lb-ft. of torque. In an unexpected twist, it has a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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Eyoyo 4K Portable Monitor

Eyoyo 4K Portable Monitor

Add a super sharp second screen to your laptop or smartphone with this portable 13.3″ 4K display. It can connect to devices with an HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, or USB-C connector (where supported). Its IPS panel has a wide 178º viewing angle, and it can be powered via USB. It includes a stand, but you can also use a pen to prop it up.

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.

OCLU Action Camera

This compact action camera captures sharp 4K/30fps footage, and can also shoot 1080p slow-motion at 120fps. It’s got electronic stabilization, snaps 12 mp stills, and is IPX7 water-resistant without need for a case. It’s also got a standard 1/4″ tripod mount, and wind-reducing microphones. Save 19% in The Awesomer Shop.

ZeroLemon Bluetooth Speaker

Toss an extra speaker into your bag with ZeroLemon’s loud, but compact AmazingSound Bluetooth speaker. It fits just about anywhere, has a 4-watt output rating, and can play for up to six hours on a charge. Its IPX4 rating means it’s splashproof too. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.

How Heat Sinks Are Made

How Heat Sinks Are Made

Take an up-close look at the surprising process that goes into making the stacked fins of a heat sink. Rather than casting the aluminum cooling device, they’re made by shaving the fins out of a solid block of metal, and bending them into place.

Sensel Morph Controller

Sensel Morph Controller

Sensel’s versatile multi-touch panel can be used as a custom controller for just about any creative tool. Swap out tactile overlays for musical performance, video editing, music production, typing, and more – or create your own custom interfaces using the bundled software. Sold with one overlay, or in a special musician’s bundle.

Flop It

Flop It

Digital musician Paweł Zadrożniak continues to step up his stepper motor game, this time turning his Floppotron orchestra loose on Michael Jackson’s 1982 mega-hit Beat It. We love how he used the hard drive heads to do those clicky rhythms at the beginning.

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Deal: Holga Retro Digital Camera

Capture delightfully imperfect photos with Holga’s inexpensive digital camera. It features a retro-style body in black, black/silver, or multicolor and captures 8-megapixel images through its low-fi viewfinder and lens. Save 22% in The Awesomer Shop.

Loupedeck Creative Tool

Loupedeck Creative Tool

We use a LoupeDeck+ in our daily workflow. Their Creative Tool is more compact, has 12 virtual touchscreen buttons, a dial control with a touchscreen display, and six knobs with displays next to them. It currently works with Ableton Live (v10), Lightroom Classic, Illustrator, Photoshop, Camera Raw, Premiere Pro, and FCPX (MacOS).

Fantom PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit

Give your PlayStation 4 the extra storage space it deserves with Fantom Drives’ 2TB upgrade kit. The kit includes an external enclosure, a speedy Seagate Firecuda Gaming hybrid drive, a micro USB 3.0 cable, screwdriver, 16GB flash drive for OS transfer, and installation guide. Save 29% in The Awesomer Shop. (PS4 not included.)

Photoshop Object Selection

Photoshop Object Selection

Adobe shows off a slick new feature coming soon to Photoshop. The Object Selection tool uses machine learning tech to automatically identify objects, people, and animals to quickly select and separate them from backgrounds. We can’t tell you how many hours this would have saved us over the years.

Deal: 4K Ultra HD Action Cam

You could spend hundreds on a fancy GoPro, or you could just pick up this 4K action camera for less than fifty bucks. It’s got a built in screen and Wi-Fi too. Buy a few, and capture the action from multiple angles. Includes a waterproof housing and a variety of mounts. Grab this bargain from The Awesomer Shop.

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