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Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub

Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub

Cube-Works’ four-port USB 3.0 hub is a nice gift for fans of action or sci-fi flicks. It has two toggle switches, a keyhole and of course a red button. When you toggle the controls in the right order, the hub will play an explosion sound effect.

Bottle Cases

Bottle Cases

Nimble’s iPhone cases are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, along with fabric exterior for texture. No plastic is wasted in packaging them, and for each one purchased, 5% of the price goes to non-profits who help protect our oceans and marine life.

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Floppy Cars

Floppy Cars

Some songs lend themselves better than others to being played by Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron – a band made up of old mechanical computer hardware. We can think of no better fit than the synth-heavy, robotic sounds of Gary Numan’s 1979 hit Cars.

Lightyear One Solar EV

Lightyear One Solar EV

Startup Lightyear is showing off a pure electric sedan that can gain up to 7.5 miles per hour of added range while in sunlight. It still plugs in for its base charge, but the solar panels covering its hood, roof, and trunk are designed to increase its range. It’s ideal for stop, start, and slow traffic for minimizing trips to the outlet.

iMac 21.5″ Refurb Deal

Need a second computer, or something for the kid’s room? Drop by The Awesomer Shop for a bargain on a certified refurb 21.5″ iMac. This previous-gen machine has an Intel i3-2100 Dual Core 3.1GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 250GB HD, and a Radeon HD 6750M GPU. This is the thicker, 2011 model, which means easier repairs and upgrades.

Brio Phantom X7 Wireless Earbuds

These truly wireless earbuds are fully self-contained, and crank out an impressive 15Hz – 23Khz frequency response via their neodymium, carbon-nanotube, and graphene drivers. They’re IP677 waterproof, and play for up to 8 hours per charge. The included charging case offers up to 100 hours of juice.

Google Translatotron

Google Translatotron

Károly of Two Minute Papers explains how Researchers at Google have devised an AI-backed translation tech which maps speech to speech without an intermediate translation to text. What’s really amazing is that it can synthesize the voice of the original speaker into the other language. Listen to some of its voice samples here.

Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi 4

The latest iteration of this cheap and tiny computer now has support for two 4K displays via micro-HDMI, Bluetooth 5.0, and a faster CPU than ever. It also packs gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 2 ports and 2 USB 3 ports, and up to 4GB of RAM. Initial demand is high, so it might take a while to get one, though.

A History of the Mouse Cursor

A History of the Mouse Cursor

Sound designer Michiel de Boer presents a lesson on origins of the humble mouse cursor, as well as its evolution in both Windows and Mac. Not only did Michiel put the research in, he also has a soothing voice. Plus he made his own versions of the Windows cursors.

iPad Pro Giveaway

Who among us couldn’t use a shiny new 11″ iPad Pro with 512GB of memory, an Apple Pencil, and a Smart Keyboard Folio valued at over $1450? One lucky contest entrant will win all three! Simply drop by The Awesomer Shop today and enter for a chance to win! (Contest ends 10/20/19)

Retro Tech: Triple Tape Boombox

Retro Tech: Triple Tape Boombox

Techmoan dug up another relic of unusual tech from the 1980s, a boombox from Japanese electronics company National that sported not one or two tape decks, but three. It’s basically the “this one goes to 11” of cassette players. Also, once he cracked it open to perform some repairs, he discovered a mechanical nightmare.

Antop Indoor/Outdoor TV Antenna

While many of us get our content by streaming it these days, it’s nice to know you can round out your local TV programming for free. But for the best signal and greatest reach, you need a good antenna, like this indoor/outdoor model, that can pull in signals from up to 70 miles away when placed outside.

Mosaic Palette 2 Filament Splicer

Mosaic Palette 2 Filament Splicer

A slick upgrade for 3D printers, the Palette 2 and Palette 2 Pro let you print models with up to 4 colors from a single print head. It works with special slicing software and the Canvas Hub adapter to splice together multiple colors, and feed them to your printer at precisely the right time.

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Jelly Comb Electronics Organizers

Jelly Comb Electronics Organizers

Keep all your portable gadgets, cables, chargers, and other small accessories organized with these handsome bags from Jelly Comb. They provide elastic loops for cables, mesh pockets for chargers and phones, memory card storage, and the large and thicker versions even have room for an 11″ tablet.

Fiber Laser Cutting Demo

Fiber Laser Cutting Demo

Prima Power shows off the power and speed of one of its impressive fiber lasers. Their 6kW Laser Genius slices through sheet metal of varying thickness like a hot, razor-sharp knife through butter. We can’t believe how easily it got through that metal at 1:20. More laser porn here.

Wooden MacBook Keys

Wooden MacBook Keys

WoodWe’s stick-on wood veneer keytops bring a fresh, natural style to Apple MacBook laptops. They’re just 0.6-0.7mm thick, so they won’t affect closing your device, and stick on with a long-lasting, but removable adhesive. Available in various languages for MacBook Air, Pro, and Pro Touch Bar models.

Interactive Mirrors by Daniel Rozin

Interactive Mirrors by Daniel Rozin

We’ve seen various works by artist Daniel Rozin over the years, but this interview with WIRED is the first time we’ve heard from the artist himself, and not just what inspires him to make his mechanical “mirrors,” but the painstaking effort and technology that drives his works.

DIY Mini Telegraph

DIY Mini Telegraph

Telegraphs were once the fastest way to send messages over a distance. While they’re long since obsolete, DIYprojects decided to build a modern take on the paper strip telegraph, using an Arduino Mini, a motor, wood, and a pen to write down text messages. Build guide here.

Learn to Code Master Class Bundle

Whether you want to build desktop or mobile apps, you need to keep your skills sharp. This series of courses will help you master full-stack web development, and programming in languages like C++, C#, Python, and JavaScript, along with the ubiquitous PHP and MySQL. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.

Arcade 1UP Cabinets

Arcade 1UP Cabinets

Arcade1Up’s 3/4-scale replicas of classic arcade machines are fully playable, with real arcade controls, a 17″ display, and multiple licensed games loaded on each unit. They’re designed for standing or seated play, and can also be fitted with a riser. The 12-in-1 model offers the most bang for the buck.

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Roli Lumi Keyboard

Roli Lumi Keyboard

Roli’s nifty portable keyboard is designed to help anyone learn to play piano. It features light-up RGB, pressure sensitive keys with 92% of the travel of an actual grand piano and can connect to other Lumi keyboards and Roli blocks. It works with a companion mobile app for learning.

Charby Sense Charging Cables

Speed up your device charging and prolong your battery life with these special cables from Charby. Each one features technology which automatically cuts off power when your device is fully charged, and can boost charging speeds up to 2 times over ordinary cables.

Tesla Model 3 Pickup Truck

Tesla Model 3 Pickup Truck

(PG-13: Language) EV maker Tesla is working on a pickup truck, but Simone Giertz doesn’t have the patience to wait for its release. Instead, she did what any enterprising maker with a massive YouTube following would do – she called in her friends to help carve up a Tesla Model 3 and make it into a ute, dubbed the “Truckla.”

BenQ TK800M 4K Projector

BenQ TK800M 4K Projector

BenQ’s mid-range TK800M projector offers up high-end features like true 4K resolution with HDR support, and a DMD DLP panel that produces colorful, razor sharp images from 60″ to 200″ diagonal. Its light source cranks out an impressive 3000 lumens, making it suitable for brightly-lit rooms.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver

Do you have an older car or sound system without Bluetooth capability? If it’s got a 3.5mm aux input jack, you can easily upgrade it with this compact gadget from TaoTronics. It also turns wired headphones into wireless ones, and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling too.

Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle

This easy to use desktop 3D printer is designed for kids. The printer works with a mobile app filled with hundreds of toy designs, and includes 8 colors of filament (aka “printer food”) for cranking out creations. Save 32% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.

xFyro ARIA Bluetooth Earbuds

These truly wireless earbuds not only offer up crisp sounds and big bass, they can run for up to 8 hours per charge, and are IP67 waterproof and dustproof, so you can wear them anywhere. They seal out external distractions with passive noise cancelling, and come with a charging case that adds 24 hours of power.

Luna Smart Lamp

Luna Smart Lamp

The Luna Smart Lamp combines multiple devices into one elegant form. It has a 5W RGB dimmable lamp, a 7W Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker, a 10W wireless charger, a USB-C charger, and an Alexa voice assistant. You can manage up to 8 Lunas using its mobile app.

Atlas Robot Fights Back

Atlas Robot Fights Back

Mocking footage of Boston Dynamics taunting its Atlas robot, The VFX artists at Corridor envision a robotics company that subjects its humanoid robots to all kinds of indignities during testing. While Bosstown Dynamics’ robot has a high threshold for humiliation, he eventually snaps. Behind the scenes video here.

Garmin Overlander

Garmin Overlander

Take Garmin’s Overlander when your adventure takes you off the beaten path. Its 7″ full color touchscreen shows on-road navigation, topography maps, campsites and off-grid guidance in North and South America. It can mount in your vehicle but its magnetic mount and rechargeable battery make it portable.

Window Solar Charger

Window Solar Charger

Grouphug’s Window Solar Charger provides an effortless way to charge your gadgets using the sun. Simply stick it to a window using the included cotton cord and suction cup. It has a 10W solar panel, a bamboo frame and a 22000mAh battery.

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