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Boston Dynamics: Spot’s On It

Boston Dynamics: Spot’s On It

To celebrate its acquisition by Hyundai, Boston Dynamics shows off its Spot robots once again. Enjoy this precision choreographed dance routine featuring a pack of the robo-dogs dancing to the Korean automaker and BTS collab IONIQ: I’m On It. This time it’s about their arms as much as it is about their legs.

Wireless LEDs

Wireless LEDs

Adafruit Industries shows off some tiny LEDs that can light up without being attached to a power source. They use wound copper wire to capture inductive power from up to a foot away, much like a wireless phone charger. Apparently, they’re used by model makers in order to light up scenes without running wires. More here.

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AquaShield 2.0 Smart Hydroponics + Aquaponics System

AquaShield 2.0 Smart Hydroponics + Aquaponics System
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This control system helps improve the quality and consistency of indoor and greenhouse gardens. Its sensors track critical environmental data like temperature, humidity, PH, and more. It can use that data to trigger grow lights, pumps, valves, and other components, for a fully-automated grow operation.

Gaming PC + PS5 Combo System

Gaming PC + PS5 Combo System

Modding Cafe has created the ultimate gaming system. The custom tower case combines a high-end gaming PC with a PlayStation 5 console. The PC packs a Core i9 11900K CPU and an ASUS ROG Strix 3080 GPU. Both systems are watercooled and the PS5’s Blu-ray drive allows game discs to be loaded from the side of the case.

Rexing B1 Night Vision Binoculars

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Peer into the darkness with these digital binoculars. They can shoot daytime or nighttime photos and videos with 10x optical and 4x digital zoom, and offer seven levels of infrared illumination.

BMMPR One Car Security System

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This compact device plugs into your car’s OBD-II, providing real-time updates on impacts, break-ins, battery drainage, and more. It has a built-in cellular connection and GPS tracking to let you know where your car is in seconds in the event of a theft. Save $60 with code AUTO339 in The Awesomer Shop.

Infinite 3D Printer

Infinite 3D Printer

One of the limitations of cheap desktop 3D printers is their small print bed size. But this nifty hack by Swaleh Owais incorporates a conveyor belt print surface that can eject parts and then move on to the next one without human intervention. By angling its print head, it can also print very long objects.

Bliss

Bliss

In 1996, photographer Charles O’Rear snapped a photo that would appear on over a billion desktops thanks to its selection as the default Windows XP wallpaper. Animator Zachary Loren Jones revisits the story of this iconic image and its impact on the zeitgeist with an imaginative and surreal retrospective.

Freewrite Traveler Portable Writing Tool

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This unique electronic gadget encourages distraction-free writing. It has no web browser, email, or notifications to bug you – just a sharp E-ink display that’s easy on the eyes, and a full-size scissor-switch keyboard. It stores up to a million pages, and backs up to the cloud. Save $20 with code FREEWRITE20 in The Awesomer Shop.

Roland GO:MIXER PRO-X

Roland GO:MIXER PRO-X

Music gear maker Roland’s compact GO:MIXER PRO-X is designed for capturing live performances on smartphones. It’s great for recording bands, multiple instruments, interviews, and more. It has Combo XLR, 1/4″, and 3.5mm inputs, and connects directly to the Lightning or USB-C port on your phone.

NVIDIA Canvas

NVIDIA Canvas

Based on NVIDIA’s GauGAN research project, Canvas is an AI-powered computer graphics app that can produce realistic landscapes from doodles. It can even export parts of the drawing as Photoshop layers. The Beta version of the app is available for Windows 10 users with any RTX graphics card.

Underneath the Cockpit

Underneath the Cockpit

We’ve caught glimpses inside of airplane cockpits, mostly when boarding or deplaning. In this video from Bjornpilot, he takes us on a tour of the flight crew rest quarters, the avionics bay, and part of the cargo hold of an Airbus 350 jumbo jet. The sheer amount of computer equipment and wiring down there is incredible.

Fire Ignition Rocket PC

Fire Ignition Rocket PC

We’ve seen some pretty rad computer cases over the years. Handy Geng might have just jumped to the top of the list with his retro rocket metal case. It looks amazing – especially the smoke machine and fire effect lighting that’s triggered with actual fire.

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High-Speed Robot, Slow-Mo Video

High-Speed Robot, Slow-Mo Video

Gav from The Slow Mo Guys mounted a fancy high-speed camera to the arm of an agile and precise robot. Combined with a remote triggering mechanism, he was able to capture some unique perspectives on their subject – a colorful fountain made from diet soda, Mentos, and their sponsor MiO’s instant drinks.

Fingerbot Plus

Fingerbot Plus

The Fingerbot Plus is an upgraded version of Adaprox’s tiny remote-controlled machine. In addition to its flipping all kinds of switches and pushing all kinds of buttons, it now has a touchpad so you can control devices when you don’t have your phone handy. It also has greater pushing force and a higher battery capacity.

Rexing P1 Body Camera

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Body cams are normally associated with police work, but they’re also useful for capturing POV footage of sports or capturing a video record of any activity. The Rexing P1 Body Camera captures 1080p HD video with a 170º wide-angle lens. 64GB of memory provides continuous recording, and its battery offers up to 10h run time.

JMGO O1 + O1 Pro Short-throw Projectors

JMGO O1 + O1 Pro Short-throw Projectors

Want a giant screen for movies and games? Place the JMGO O1 as little as 10″ from the wall for an 80″ screen or the O1 Pro 9″ away for a 100″ display. Both models offer 1920 x 1080 resolution with auto-keystone correction and auto-focus. The Pro model was co-engineered with Leica, and both feature dual speakers tuned by Dynaudio.

How a Mellotron Works

How a Mellotron Works

Bell Tone Synth Works provides a look inside a keyboard that predates the digital sampler. The Mellotron used multiple strips of magnetic tape to play sounds recorded from other musical instruments. The M400 shown here is from the 1970s, but you can see an earlier model here.

Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

What you’re looking at here is an old digital pinball game that dates back nearly four decades. TysyTube found the yellowed and badly-scratched handheld system on an auction site, and painstakingly restored it to like-new condition. Using that ice cube tray as a screw sorter is a brilliant lifehack.

Copernicus Mini Drone

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This compact drone folds up small so that you can toss it in your backpack. It’s easy to fly – offering one-button take-off and landing and a fixed altitude hover feature. Choose from four options: no camera, 480p, 1080p, and 4K. Save an extra 20% through 6.20.2021 with code WELOVEDAD in The Awesomer Shop.

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Thermochromic Digital Clock

Thermochromic Digital Clock

This fascinating tabletop clock tells the time by changing the temperature. Instructables contributor Twisted & Tinned created the display using thermochromic foil and surface-mounted resistors that heat up liquid crystals. They previously made a temperature and humidity display using a different

    technique.

DitherPaint

DitherPaint

Revisit the early days of desktop computer graphics with BeyondLoom’s browser-based drawing tool. Like the original MacPaint, DitherPaint has just two colors – black and white. It includes a variety of brushes, and a number of patterns to add flair to your 1-bit masterpieces. It also has a handful of animated patterns.

Neutronshop LED Pixel Displays

Neutronshop LED Pixel Displays

These colorful LED pixel displays from Neutronshop come pre-programmed to display stock tickers, cryptocurrency prices, a COVID-19 tracker, NBA scores, Twitter trends, and more. Each one can also display animations. After a USB-based setup, they update via Wi-Fi so don’t need to stay connected to a computer.

Jay-D DIY DJ Mix Table

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Learn about electronics, soldering, coding, and more with this DIY DJ kit from CircuitMess. The mini DJ console can play and crossfade between tracks, control BPM, and apply equalization. It has a built-in Class D amp and two 5-watt speakers. Also available with a tool kit. Save 20% with code WELOVEDAD through 6.20.2021.

CNC Engraving a Coin

CNC Engraving a Coin

YouTuber Phuc Nguyen shared this hypnotic video of an intricate image being engraved out of a thick disc of brass. He used a Woodpecker DP1212 CNC router, and a variety of different tooling bits to gradually increase the detail of the design.

Monogram Creative Console

Monogram Creative Console
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Designed for creative pros, these modular controllers let you build your own custom control scheme. In addition to the base module, there are keys, sliders, dials, and an “Orbiter” that combines tilt, spin, and pressure inputs. They work with popular creative apps on Mac and Windows and can be fully programmed to your workflow.

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