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Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

The latest version of Apple’s wireless earphones introduce active noise cancelling into the mix, using a pair of microphones to reduce unwanted sounds both outside and inside of your ear. They fit snugly in-ear and come with tips for various ear sizes, and are IPX4 water and sweat resistant. Available 10/30/19.

Lightform LF2 Projector

Lightform LF2 Projector

This unique projector packs a computer inside, as well as an RGB/IR camera, allowing it to automatically create depth maps. Combined with Lightform’s Creator software, anyone can create amazing projection mapping displays in small to medium sized spaces. Already have a projector? Check out the LFC.

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Dell Chromebook 11 Refurb Deal

Need an extra machine for the kids? Or something you can just toss around to check email and surf the web? This Grade A refurbished Dell Chromebook 11 should do. It’s got a 2.1 GHz Celeron CPU, 16GB of SSD storage, and an 11.6″ screen. Priced right around a hundred bucks, it’s a great bargain in The Awesomer Shop.

Toyota’s Future of Mobility

Toyota’s Future of Mobility

We spent a week in Tokyo, Japan learning all about Toyota’s plans for the future, as it expands its horizons from conventional cars, to providing mobility solutions for all. The future includes ultra-compact battery-electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and even cars that can adapt to your mood.

Jamstack Portable Amp

Jamstack Portable Amp

Jamstack’s compact amplifier and speaker combo clips onto the bottom of electric guitars and basses, providing big, clean sound for practice sessions and intimate performances. Its detachable smartphone dock lets you connect your phone inline and apply effects using 3rd-party apps.

CloudPainter

CloudPainter

Created by Pindar, Hunter, and Dante Van Arman, CloudPainter is a robotic system designed to paint original artworks, using artificial intelligence to help it make creative decisions. Like human artists, it continues to improve and learn as its database grows.

Viddyoze Animation Templates

Viddyoze Animation Templates

Crank out professional looking motion graphics and video titles without cracking a sweat. Viddyoze offers roughly 250 slickly animated templates you can use in your videos, royalty free. Grab a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop today.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus looks ahead to 2030. This luxury electric coupe concept is powered by four in-wheel motors, and packs autonomous and driver-assistance technologies. Its windows are dimmable, and it has an interactive ceiling display that floats above rear seat passengers. With an estimated 536 hp, it can zoom to 62 mph in 3.8 sec.

Most Popular Websites: 1996-2019

Most Popular Websites: 1996-2019

Remember when Excite!, Lycos, and Geocities were a thing? In one of its more fascinating moving bar charts, Data Is Beautiful looks back at the history of the Internet over more than two decades, tracking the biggest websites based on monthly visits. Yes, there was a time before Google, Facebook, and YouTube.

Building a Giant Battery Pack

Building a Giant Battery Pack

The Q was looking for a way to power his plug-in gadgets while away from home. While he could have just bought a ready-made power pack, he decided to build his own, wiring together dozens of 18650 batteries, then connecting an inverter to convert the DC power into AC.

Quantum Stealth Invisibility Cloak

Quantum Stealth Invisibility Cloak

Canadian camouflage experts Hyperstealth Biotechnology has recently applied for patents on their technology which can bend light around an object to make it vanish from sight when placed in its sweet spot. The paper-thin screen could be used to hide military targets from ground-level threats. More on Vimeo.

HelloTalk VIP: Lifetime Subscription

An important part of learning a new language is conversation. HelloTalk is a chat app that pairs you up with partners around the globe, and includes tools for translation, pronunciation, transliteration, and corrections. VIP members can learn three languages at a time, and get improved visibility in the community.

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Building a Rope and Wood PC

Despite its popularity as a building material, wood is rarely used in the construction of PC cases. Bucking that trend, DIY Perks built a truly unique computer system from wood, with rope trim. We love how he incorporated the air cooling system as a sculptural design element.

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History of the Motherboard

History of the Motherboard

Computers and other gadgets cram a ton of componentry onto ever more compact circuit boards. But not that long ago, electronic circuits were anything but efficiently packed onto a small green motherboard. Techquickie looks at how we got from there to here.

CMYK Generative Portraits

CMYK Generative Portraits

Artist Samer Dabra programmed Evil Mad Scientist’s AxiDraw v3 plotter to take photographic images and reinterpret them as twisty, turny, abstract line art. By overlaying CMYK inks, the images have an appearance of being in full color. More images on Instagram.

EFORGE Electronics 3D Printer

EFORGE Electronics 3D Printer

Electronic Alchemy’s unique 3D printer can output multiple kinds of filaments in a single print, including conductive, resistive, capacitive, and semiconducting ones, allowing it to print out objects with built-in electronic circuits. It’s got eight retractable extruders, so objects can combine up to eight different materials.

Deal: Luminar 3

Upgrade your photos with this high-tech image adjustment software for Mac or PC. It uses artificial intelligence to selectively apply adjustments, and can improve colors, contrast, detail, lighting, remove noise, and much more. Save 57% in The Awesomer Shop, then upgrade to Luminar 4 when it’s released for just $49.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo takes its already fun and stylish XC40 compact crossover, and makes it even more appealing, offering up a fully-electric model with an AWD powertrain, making 408hp, and zooming from 0-to-62 in 4.9 sec. It’s expected to have a range of about 248 mi, and can charge to 80% in 40 minutes on a fast-charger.

Retro Mac AirPods Case

Retro Mac AirPods Case

Give your Apple AirPods a fun new home with elago’s retro-look case cover, inspired by the original 1984 Macintosh computer. The silicone wrapper features the iconic “hello.” cursive lettering on its screen, and is done up in classic beige. Compatible with wired or wireless charging cases.

Casio Edifice EQB1000D-1A

Casio Edifice EQB1000D-1A

This new member of the Edifice line packs all the tech we’ve come to expect, but this one is super slim. Measuring just 8.9mm thick, the stainless steel chronograph includes stopwatch, alarm, lap timer, and calendar functions. It automatically adjusts its time via a Bluetooth smartphone connection, and recharges via solar power.

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One-Handed Rubik’s Cube Robot

One-Handed Rubik’s Cube Robot

There are robots out there that can solve a Rubik’s Cube very quickly. But, while OpenAI’s design is decidedly slower, it works much more like a human, using its five robotic digits to maneuver and manipulate the cube with one hand, and learns to solve it using trial and error. Find out more about how it works here.

Internet Archive: MS-DOS Games

Internet Archive: MS-DOS Games

Say goodbye to productivity today. Thanks to the folks at the amazing Internet Archive, you can play thousands of retro PC games right in your web browser. Their extensive software library is packed with classics like The Oregon Trail, SimCity, Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Leisure Suit Larry, and many more.

Photo-Chromeleon

Photo-Chromeleon

Scientists from MIT CSAIL have developed an incredible technology which allows for personalization of objects by using special photochromic dyes. By exposing the pigments to ultraviolet light, designs be “reprogrammed” by removing portions of their cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes to expose new patterns. More here.

Phonocut Home Vinyl Recorder

Phonocut Home Vinyl Recorder

This desktop device aims to democratize the creation of vinyl records. The Phonocut is designed to carve grooves directly into a 10″ wax disk, allowing for the creation of custom records at home. It’s makers are hoping for a 2020 release and will start raising funds on Kickstarter 10/15/19 at 4:20pm LA time.

3D Printing a Boat

3D Printing a Boat

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center now has a 3D printer that can crank out objects up to 100 feet-long, 22 feet-wide, and 10 feet-high. In this brief time-lapse, watch 72 hours condensed down to 30 seconds as it outputs a 25 foot-long boat that weights 5,000 pounds. And yes, it floats.

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