Bitluni’s Lab continues to upgrade his DIY video wall project by supersizing it to 1920 ping pong ball pixels, each illuminated by an RGBW LED. With its latest circuit, it can stream live video at up to 74fps. Unlike the prior versions, he didn’t have to drill tons of holes, and it’s made up of multiple small panels instead of one big one.
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Gazillions of packages are nabbed by porch pirates, especially during the holidays. The Yale Smart Delivery Box solves the problem with brains and brawn. When a package is placed inside, the Smart Cabinet Lock bolts the lid, notifies you, and remains locked until you open it with the Yale Access app, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.
There’s software out there that can stylize images, but this technology makes images from real wood. Its algorithms compare greyscale levels between images and patterns in wood veneer, then instructs a CNC machine to cut out pieces that can be assembled to form a complete portrait. Two Minute Papers explains.
We’re not sure if they’re street legal, but we think every car should have taillights like the ones on this 1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-4. Steve Molans of Skeptik Innovations built these custom lights which use RGB LEDs and mirrors to create an infinite effect and can change colors. They still work as normal brake lights and turn indicators.
Last Christmas, maker Jiří Praus decided he wanted a unique ornament. So he set about building a light-up sphere that can display colorful patterns. He built the orb using meticulously-soldered brass wires, 194 individual RGB LEDs, and an ESP32 microcontroller. Check out the full build details on Instructables.
Atari, working in collaboration with UNIS Technology, Ltd. is bringing back its 1970s arcade classic PONG. This tabletop gaming system has a 7.9″ LCD panel and offers both classic 2-player mode, and 1-player vs. AI mode. It runs on USB power or AAA batteries and is shipping in limited quantities now.
If you’ve ever shot a video where you wanted everyone to do something at the same time, you know it’s hard to get that level of coordination. Two Minute Papers shows off an AI-based technology that can re-time moving elements in a video, complete with shadows, reflections, and deformations. Read the full paper here.
The CableEndy is a robot that uses a cable-driven mechanism to manipulate and stabilize an object at its center. To show off its mechanical prowess, its makers at B&R Automation and Brno University of Technology created this demonstration that shows how it can toss and catch a tennis ball with amazing precision.
Scendo’s true-wireless earbuds offer the unique ability to be stored on the MagSafe mounting point on the back of the iPhone 12 (and presumably future iPhones). They slide securely into their magnetic charging case, which provides up to 45 hours of playtime. A stick-on case mount is included for other phones as well.
Rather than hand-program their robot to walk on varied terrain, scientists from ETH Zurich, KAIST, and Intel allowed their quadruped to learn for itself through software simulation. They then turned it loose using only basic sensors to give the robot awareness of its own internal state. Two Minute Papers explains.
Placing a turntable close to a speaker can cause unwanted feedback and resonance. But the SpinBase uses proprietary tech to eliminate these issues, so it can sit right underneath your record player. It kicks out room-filling sound and works with any turntable. It also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. Measures 18″ w x 13.5″ d x 3.25″ h.
Injection molding is the process of injecting melted plastics into a mold to create parts. It’s typically reserved for large, industrial machines, but the MicroMolder changes that. It can accept aluminum, 3D-printed SLA, or high-temp cast urethane tooling, producing production-quality parts from pellets.
Load up your Mac with a bunch of great apps for not a lot of money. This deal includes a dozen useful programs, including Parallels Desktop Pro for running Windows apps, Luminar 4 for photo editing, PDFpen 12 for editing PDFs, Movavi Screen Recorder 2021, and much more. A limited-time deal from The Awesomer Shop.
Handmade by a Liverpool engineer from a real SPAM can, the mighty, meaty Spamp Guitar Practice Amp is a versatile, low-noise amp with a seriously clean sound (“chilled”) and awesome distortion effects (“fried,” “grilled”). The circuit is an original design. Plug in headphones for practice. Use the belt clip for busking.
Unlike many other handheld retro systems, the Evercade plays licensed games, rather than pirated ROMs. Games play smoothly on its crisp 4.3″ widescreen, and come in collections on cartridges, another nice retro touch. The Premium Pack includes Atari, Data East, and Interplay carts packed with 8-bit and 16-bit games.
This unique MIDI keyboard uses a matrix of 280 velocity-sensitive hexagonal keys to provide musicians with an impressive amount of control over sounds. Each button is programmable, both in terms of the sound and expressions it controls, as well as its color. It also has 10 buttons for quickly switching between presets.
The electronic squeals of dial-up modems were truly unpleasant, but also brought us our earliest internet memories. If you’ve ever wondered what those sounds might look like on a graph, you’re in luck. Scotty H generated a spectrogram that shows the frequencies being generated during a moden’s handshake phase.
This high-tech camera gadget is designed to help photographers capture challenging shots with ease. It mounts on the hot shoe of most cameras and can trigger when lightning strikes, shoot various timelapse styles, combine multiple exposures into HDR, snap high-speed freeze-frames, and more using its companion mobile app.
This gadget lets you add a backup camera to older vehicles with ease. The FenSens wireless backup camera mounts around your license plate, and adds a fully-wireless that can stream 1080p video to your smartphone’s screen via Wi-Fi. It recharges solar power. Save an extra 20% with code BFSAVE20 (exp. 11.27.2020).
ROCCAT’s award-winning Vulcan Pro gaming keyboard gets a tenkeyless (88-key) version, cutting down on its footprint, while still retaining its great design and responsive opto-mechanical keys. Its Titan switches are extremely long-lasting and feature slick floating keycaps along with programmable RGB backlighting.
The DeLorean DMC-12 is best known as the time-traveling car in the Back to the Future movies. While the real DeLorean could eventually hit 88mph, it didn’t exactly do it quickly with its 130 hp V6. Electric Future checks out a modded DMC-12 that can zoom from 0-to-60 in about 5 seconds thanks to parts from a Nissan Leaf.
With today’s giant game consoles, it’s time to upgrade your media furniture. BDI’s cabinets look fantastic, hiding electronics on removable/movable shelves, with flow-through ventilation, cable management, and remote-friendly doors. Our faves are the Align 7479, Corridor 8179 and Elements 8779 with its artful laser-cut doors.
NoCal’s Elation Hypercars is showing off its $2 million electric sports car. The Elation Freedom is slated to produce 1414 hp via its three liquid-cooled motors – or 1903 hp for buyers who opt for a fourth drive unit. It also features a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which should help offset the weight of its 100kWh or 120kWh battery.
Do you stream and share videos? This software offers quick and easy background replacement for podcasts, vlogs, and game streaming, all without a green screen. It works in concert with various Windows streaming and video conferencing apps. Save an extra 40% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE40 (Exp. 11.27.20)
When the dreaded “check engine” and other dashboard warning lights flare, discover what’s wrong without a costly trip to a mechanic. The Innova 1000 Car Scan Mobile turns smartphones into advanced OBD2 diagnostic tools. It pairs with the RepairSolutions 2 app for systems health checks of most cars made since 1996.
This USB-powered 3.14″ cube puts a high-tech air purifier on your desktop. It uses a solid-state photocatalyst tech to destroy bacteria, allergens, and other contaminants, returning fresh air to your space with its whisper-quiet ≤30dB fan. Save an extra 20% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE20 (expires 11.27.2020)