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What Meetings Sound Like to Interns

What Meetings Sound Like to Interns

If you’ve ever had to sit through a corporate conference call, you can probably relate to Nicholas T.’s comedy sketch. It roasts the kind of bureaucratic double-speak, buzzword bingo, and nonsensical tech talk that often fills the air. Seriously, why can’t most meetings be an e-mail? (Thanks, Rob!)

Giving Snakes Their Legs Back

Giving Snakes Their Legs Back

Millions of years ago, evolutionary changes caused snakes to lose their legs. Engineer and snake lover Allen Pan thought thinks that these reptiles should have kept their limbs, so he put on his thinking cap and developed a robotic exosuit that a snake can slide into and walk around in. But will the snake accept its new abilities?

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Ghosts: An AI-Generated Experimental Short Film

Ghosts: An AI-Generated Experimental Short Film

Art meets science in Vadim Epstein’s trippy digital compositions. Ghosts is an experimental short film that explores complexity emergence from AI feedback loops. It makes use of the StarGAN2 neural network to morph between machine-generated images. Sound by Alexander Kopeikin and Fractal Heads.

Cobalt Q6 Slope Rangefinder

Cobalt Q6 Slope Rangefinder

If you’re even a halfway decent golfer, a rangefinder is an essential tool to boost performance. The Cobalt Q6 Slope Rangefinder calculates distance and slope like a tech-whiz caddy. It has premium optics, an integrated display, an adjustable diopter, and a waterproof aluminum housing to prevent water hazard disasters.

Capsule Gravity Timer Gadget

Capsule Gravity Timer Gadget

At first glance, the Capsule Gravity just looks like a travel alarm clock. But it’s more than that. This portable gadget combines a clock, calendar, kitchen timer, workout timer, stopwatch, and an emergency 5000 mAh power bank. Its dot-matrix LED screen has a cool retro look and is set into a colorful polycarbonate body.

Syng Cell Alpha Speaker

Syng Cell Alpha Speaker
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The Syng Cell Alpha is a high-end wireless speaker with upward- and downward-firing woofers and a three-element beamforming driver array to produce spatial sound. Built-in microphones calibrate the speaker to your room, and multiple Cell Alphas can be networked for surround sound. It comes in table- and floor-standing versions.

Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Techmoan looks back at a popular toy sold from the 1960s to the 1980s. Made by General Electric, and later by Gabriel Toys, the Show ‘N Tell combined a record player with a filmstrip projector. As kids played the “PictureSound” records, the film strip moved through the light path, casting images onto a rear-projection screen.

Ultimate Headphone Station

Ultimate Headphone Station
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Audio enthusiasts, Beveled Edge Studios handcrafts this elegant solid wood stand for headphones and personal listening gear. It can hold two pairs of over-the-ear headphones and has six small shelves for DACs, amps, and other small devices. They can also customize the unit to fit your audio equipment’s exact dimensions.

PC Audio Volume Slider Controller

PC Audio Volume Slider Controller
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This made-to-order controller from Return to Paradise adds five linear slider controls to your Windows or Linux PC (sorry, no Mac support). It can be used to map volume controls and faders in DJ and gaming software via a USB connection. It works right out of the box with the open-source app deej.

The Canvas of Babel

The Canvas of Babel

Inspired by the story The Library of Babel, the Babel Image Archives has randomly generated every combination of 4096-color dots that can fit into a 640 x 416-pixel canvas. In theory, that should mean the archive should contain an image of everything that ever has, will, or might exist. Solar Sands explains why it doesn’t.

InnoView Portable 4K Touchscreen Monitor

InnoView Portable 4K Touchscreen Monitor
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Measuring just 0.22″ thick and weighing just 2 pounds, this portable 14″ widescreen monitor adds an external 4K display to your PC, Mac, or mobile device. It offers 100% sRGB color coverage, a 178º viewing angle, and HDR support. It also offers multi-finger touch inputs and works in both landscape and portrait modes.

MScreen Multitasking Screen

MScreen Multitasking Screen

This ultrawide display sits between your desktop computer’s keyboard and primary screen, adding real estate for enhanced productivity. It’s great for displaying news, tickers, clocks, widgets, tool palettes, and anything else you don’t want cluttering your main screen. It also works in portrait mode, and comes in 14.1″ and 8.8″ sizes.

Toxic on Toothbrushes

Toxic on Toothbrushes

There’s no escape; I can’t wait. The exceptional electromechanical Device Orchestra is back to perform another pop music hit. This time, the band of electric toothbrushes, credit card terminals, and typewriters were joined by an Epilator hair remover which added a spinny new sound to the Britney Spears track Toxic.

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LEGO Sphere Robots

LEGO Sphere Robots

LEGO enthusiast Brick Technology is back with another cool LEGO vehicle video. This time, they created a series of remote-controlled mechanisms that move inside clear plastic spheres, allowing them to roll around like BB-8 or a Sphero robot. They then put the designs to the test to see which was most agile, fast, and powerful.

Self-Playing Guitar “Robot”

Self-Playing Guitar “Robot”

Musician Demin Vladimir created this electromechanical rig plays an acoustic guitar. It has one set of actuators that hold the frets while others strum the strings. It’s not the most expressive instrument, but neither were vintage player pianos, and we still love those. He’s also built an accordion that plays the notes itself.

Cleaning Coins with a Laser

Cleaning Coins with a Laser

We’ve seen how powerful lasers can be used to remove dirt and grime from surfaces. Flare Fabrication shows us how a tightly-focused laser can clean years of tarnish off of copper penny, and programmed the beam to perform the task with style. Watch the laser clean and embellish a dime here.

Threaded Rod Audio Rack

Threaded Rod Audio Rack
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Audiophiles and tech junkies generally prefer component systems. We love the look of this equipment rack from Silver Beard Lamp Co. It’s handmade from thick threaded rods, bolts, and blackboard – birch laminated plywood with a layered pine core. It comes in 4- and 5-tier heights and sizes from 22″ x 12″ to 30″ x 22″.

Klein Tools iOS Thermal Imager

Klein Tools iOS Thermal Imager
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This gadget plugs into the bottom of your iPhone or iPad’s lightning port to capture thermal images. It’s designed primarily for construction and inspection tasks but could also be used for science experiments. Its 10800-pixel sensor is accurate to 0.1ºF and can measure temperatures from -40ºF to 752ºF (-20ºC to 400ºC).

JBL Partybox Encore Essential Speaker

JBL Partybox Encore Essential Speaker
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The smallest of JBL’s Partybox speakers still kicks out some impressive volume. It offers 100 watts of amplification, excellent sound quality, and thumping bass. Its built-in LED RGB lighting syncs up with the beat of your music, and you can connect two for stereo sound. It runs for 6 hours per charge and is IPX4 splashproof.

WeMax Go Advanced Laser Projector

WeMax Go Advanced Laser Projector
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This 1″ thick laser projector outputs sharp and bright 1080p HD video up to 120″ diagonal. It has intelligent screen alignment, autofocus, and keystone correction for easy setup and has a built-in 15º kickstand. It can run on AC power indefinitely or up to 1.5 hours on its internal rechargeable battery.

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Dice Printing Machine

Dice Printing Machine

If you’ve ever wondered how they get all those little ink dots into dice, this video shows one of the more modern methods. This special printer uses a camera to detect which side of each die is beneath it, then deposits tiny droplets of ink into each pip. Here’s another machine that doesn’t care what angle the dice are at.

How the Mars Perseverance Rover Works

How the Mars Perseverance Rover Works

Since landing in 2021, NASA’s Mars Perseverence Rover has sent back fascinating images and data from the red planet. Jared Owen offers up an in-depth look at how the rover was launched, the scientific equipment it carries, and how it was engineered to survive the journey and the harsh conditions on Mars.

The Abacusynth

The Abacusynth

Electronic instrument maker Elias Jarzombek created this unique synthesizer that looks like an abacus. The otherworldly sounds it makes are controlled by sliding and spinning its triangular “beads” on metal bars, along with turning its side dials. Read more about the Abacusynth on Elias’ website.

2Hold Snack + Work Lap Desk

2Hold Snack + Work Lap Desk

This bentwood lap table combines a laptop stand and a snack tray so you can work and relax from the comfort of your couch. Its snack level has bins for multiple munchies, while its laptop level has a ventilated surface, and a modular mouse pad, a phone holder, and a self-balancing cupholder that prevents spills.

S&A Woodcraft Laptop Stand

S&A Woodcraft Laptop Stand
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Most portable laptop stands are made from plastic or metal. This one is handcrafted from bamboo wood. The trio of wooden bars fit together to place your laptop at an angle, improving ergonomics and your posture. It offers two height positions, and comes with a carrying pouch so you can keep it in your backpack or bag.

Adjustable Vortex Ring Cannon

Adjustable Vortex Ring Cannon

JBV Creative has been playing with designs for a vortex cannon that fires a puff of smoke and a blast of air to create smoke rings. He’s refined his creation into this handheld unit with a mechanical iris to adjust the size of its smoke rings and an LED ring light to illuminate them.

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