Science and technology vlogger Tom Scott created a YouTube video that automatically updates its own title based on its view count. As he explains in the video, he used YouTube’s programming APIs to pull off the trick, then talks about the wonders and downsides of open data interfaces.
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Automotive manufacturers have been called on to use their production expertise to help build ventilators to stem shortages and save lives. GM and Ford have already started to help, and now Tesla’s engineers are showing off their design for a custom respirator, made with car parts they already have on hand.
When it comes to headphones, planar magnetic drivers offer some of the best sound you can get. Linsoul’s cans not only pack these drivers, but are wrapped up in real wood enclosures, with memory foam ear cushions, and a stainless steel expansion bracket for a luxurious look. Deal available from Drop through 4/8/20.
At first glance, this hurricane lamp looks like a classic oil lantern, but it’s actually packed with modern technology, using a vintage style LED bulb as its light source, and cranking out tunes from its Bluetooth speaker. Its light is dimmable and burns for up to seven hours, while its speaker plays for up to five hours per charge.
This robotic gadget uses an array of sensors to drive itself across various household surfaces, exposing them to powerful UV-C light, which can destroy up to 99.99% of bacteria and other germs, while ultrasonic waves can get rid of mites. It can even drive across your bed or under sheets. Save 26% in The Awesomer Shop.
The GE66 Raider is a powerful 15.6″ gaming laptop that features a sleek aluminum housing, with sweet panoramic “aura” RGB lighting and individually-addressable RGB keyboard lights. It’s powered by 10th gen Intel CPUs up to a Core i9, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics, and has a crazy fast 300Hz display refresh rate.
This oversize lap desk opens up a serious workspace while you sit on the couch or in bed. It has vented spot for up to a 17″ laptop, along with a large mousepad, built-in wrist pads, a tablet holder, and pockets for your mouse and other accessories. Its padded armrests provide support and comfort, and can be repositioned.
Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.
Want some extra boom to rattle your brain? These Sony MDR-XB650BT over-ear wireless headphones kick out lots of thump with their Extra Bass capability. They feature Bluetooth connectivity and NFC pairing, and will run for up to 30 hours per charge. This new, open box deal saves you 53% off the original price.
Improve your work from home setup with Equal Peaks‘ sturdy aluminum laptop stand. Not only does it put your computer in a better position, it includes a built in smartphone holder, and clears desk space for storing small items underneath. Available in silver or black, with protective plastic pads and rubber feet.
Digital musical instrument maker Roland introduces us to Jong Chan Kim, who came up with a hypermodern design for a grand piano. Since digital pianos don’t depend on acoustic properties, he was able to come up with this futuristic low-poly design. The Facet has powerful speakers built into its base, and a flat screen for sheet music.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the most expensive display you can buy, gradients of color in dark scenes often look like a blocky mess. Tom Scott offers a great explanation of the technological limitations that cause these issues, and the visual mechanisms that make them less noticeable in brighter scenes.
With help from the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, musician Rob Scallon got to check out how a pipe organ works, and noticed that the one they have is capable of outputting MIDI signals. After a bit of experimenting, he figured out its keyboard and pedals can also be controlled via the digital music protocol.
While you’re working from home, you might not be thinking too much about the gear you’ll need when you eventually head back out into the world. But Everyday Carry has some great ideas for items that are useful both at home and in the field, along with some great productivity tips for WFH living.
Everyone knows Adobe is the leading maker of creative software. Level up your Adobe Creative Cloud skills and become a graphic design guru with eight online courses in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.
Victrola’s turntable audio system features linen-wrapped wooden enclosures for both its record player and stereo speakers. It offers 50-watts of amplification, and can play vinyl at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 speeds. You can also stream music to its speakers via Bluetooth. It’s also available in oak and white variants directly from Victrola.
These models from Casio’s Edifice collection have an octagonal case and bezel design that’s really eye-catching. They feature a hybrid analog-digital face, stopwatch and countdown timers, five daily alarms, date/month display, automatic time-zone setting via smartphone, and bright dual-LED lighting.
Starting with a handful of 2D images, and using a deep network to synthesize volume and reflective properties, Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF) can transform flat images into detailed 3D objects. Engineer Matthew Tancik shows off the tech developed with co-authors from UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Google Research.
This wacky looking accessory is like a three-tentacled octopus (tripus?), but it’s quite useful. It can bend and wrap around objects, and its suction cups stick to smooth surfaces. It comes with an expandable phone clip and a male 1/4-20″ camera thread. It’s also available with an optional Bluetooth remote control.
Struggling to get work done with your laptop’s small screen? Expand your screen real estate with Mobile Pixels‘ add-on second screen. It attaches to the back of your laptop and adds a 12.5″ 1080p display via your USB-A or USB-C port. Use code SAVEDUEXPRO and get it for $179.35 in The Awesomer Shop.
This tabletop speaker features iconic Marshall amp styling, with the usefulness of a built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant. It has a 30-watt class-D amplifier, Airplay 2, Bluetooth, and Spotify Connect capability, and you use them to create a multi-room audio system. A Google Assistant version is also in the works.
Music folks, upgrade your digital sound game with this pay-what-you-want bundle of sound packs and synthesizers from Applied Acoustics Systems and Humble. Sounds can be played using the included AAS player, or patched into your favorite digital audio workstation. Spend $20 or more for the full pack. (Expires 4/15/2020)
This ultracompact mechanical keyboard offers comfortable typing when deskspace is tight. It measures just 9.6″ x 3.9″ x 1.1″ and has an ergonomic split-keyboard design. Numbers and special chars are accessible via the “Fun” key. There’s an optional wooden palmrest, but it does sort of defeat its space-saving properties.
Cleveland Cyclewerks‘ electric motorcycle offers versatility through its configurability. Riders can choose between five drive modes from max range Eco to a high torque boost mode. It’s powered by a 17.5 hp, 300-amp motor, with a hot-swappable battery pack, and can drive up to 180 miles in Eco mode. Top speed is around 85 mph.
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