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Building an Etch-a-Sketch Robot

Building an Etch-a-Sketch Robot

Drawing on an Etch-a-Sketch is challenging due to its simplistic horizontal and vertical control knobs. With the goal of presenting at the Open Sauce convention, Every Flavor of Robot put their thinking caps on, engineered a motor drive unit, and programmed it to draw uploaded images. All of the demos at the end are in real-time.

Retro Tech: Sony VT-M5 TV Audio Recorder

Retro Tech: Sony VT-M5 TV Audio Recorder

Before VCRs went mainstream in the late 1970s, there wasn’t a way to record TV programs at home. But if you were an audiophile with deep pockets, you might have had the Sony VT-M5 audioscope in your rack. Techmoan takes a look at this cool-looking but almost instantly obsolete device that was designed to record only the audio from broadcast TV.

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Empire of the Sun: Music on the Radio

Empire of the Sun: Music on the Radio

The second single from Empire of the Sun’s new album Music on the Radio is as good as nu-disco gets. The Aussie duo describes the smooth and groovy track as “a love song to the underground, to celebrate all the underdogs of music and how everything can lift you up and take you to great places.” We couldn’t agree more.

How Coins Are Made

How Coins Are Made

While the use of physical currency continues to dwindle, there’s still a need for coins to be produced. Process X takes us on an in-depth tour of Japan’s only coin factory for a look at how they make coins. The Osaka mint produces six kinds of coins, from aluminum 1 yen coins to the copper, nickel, and zinc 500 yen coins shown in the video.

Driving on Tires Made from Nails

Driving on Tires Made from Nails

Garage 54 proves yet again that just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should be done. This time, the Russian auto channel fabricated a set of tires made from thousands of individual nails, then fitted their Mercedes G-Wagen with them to see how it would handle. They provide good grip on snow and ice, but they gather more trash than a Katamari.

Piloting the Pedaalbeest

Piloting the Pedaalbeest

Taking inspiration from Theo Jansen’s legendary strandbeests, artists Aat Dirks and Ad Lakerveld created their own walking vehicle. Their Pedalbeest isn’t driven by the wind or motors; it runs entirely on pedal power. Replacing legs with wheels means it’s not exactly an efficient mode of transportation, and it requires its rider to pedal backward to go forward.

Watching Star Wars as a Silent Movie

Watching Star Wars as a Silent Movie

George Lucas once said that the Star Wars movies were “designed as silent movies.” His approach was to let music and visuals drive the story. Danny Boyd from CinemaStix explores this concept and whether watching the films without dialogue makes them even more powerful. If you ask us, it’s John Williams’ masterful scores that truly elevated the franchise.

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Why Basketball Players Shoot Free Throws Wrong

Why Basketball Players Shoot Free Throws Wrong

Half as Interesting simplifies the math behind the underhanded free throw, AKA the granny shot. Popularized by NBA legend Rick Barry, the shot makes players shoot significantly better in exchange for looking like they don’t know what they’re doing. Even the greatest of stat stuffers couldn’t bear to stick with it. It’s a fun reminder of human nature.

The Room, but It’s a Prince Song

The Room, but It’s a Prince Song

The cult classic The Room is best known for its stilted dialogue and scenery-chewing performance of actor/writer/director Tommy Wiseau. It turns out that if you chop up some of his choice words and sing them in the style of Prince, it gets much better. Nick Lutsko put this hilarious clip together a while back for Super Deluxe.

The Experimental Phones of the 2000s

The Experimental Phones of the 2000s

YouTuber bijru reminds us of the passage of time and just how influential the iPhone has been. Watch him take an entertaining look back at the crazy form factors of cellphones in the early to mid-2000s. There were lots of hinges, odd shapes, and janky attempts at features that we now take for granted, like gaming or simply web browsing.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” in a Minor Key

“Don’t Stop Believin'” in a Minor Key

The Journey track Don’t Stop Believin’ made its mark on the pop charts, as a baseball team anthem, and playing on the jukebox in the final moments of The Sopranos. Now, hear it like you’ve never heard it before. Musician Frank Tedesco switched it up and played the melody in a minor key, which always makes things darker and more dramatic.

The Best DIY Ambilight

The Best DIY Ambilight

There are kits you can buy that add colorful ambient lighting behind or around your TV. We’ve played with a few, but none of them have the pinpoint color matching of Chris Maher’s DIY setup. In this video, he shows how he built his edge-lit system using addressable LED light strips, a WLED light controller, and the insanely powerful SignalRGB control software.

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Wake Me Up Before You Go to Rehab

Wake Me Up Before You Go to Rehab

DJ Cummerbund’s latest musical mashup pays tribute to three musical greats and a wrestling legend. The tune is a delicious bouillabaisse of sounds from Wham!, Amy Winehouse, ZZ Top, and Blink-182, resulting in the most upbeat song ever about a heavy subject. Bonus points to TonyZed68, the YouTube commenter who called her Amy Whamhouse.

Making a 10-Cylinder, 2-Stroke Engine

Making a 10-Cylinder, 2-Stroke Engine

Here’s one for the gearheads. Let’s Learn Something built one of the craziest engines ever. He started with ten 2-stroke engines – the kind found in mopeds – disassembled them, then welded together their blocks. He then cut the whole thing in half to insert a ridiculously long crankshaft to drive its pistons. The finished inline-10 engine is a sight to behold.

OpenAI GPT-4o

OpenAI GPT-4o

OpenAI’s new ChatGPT language model GPT-4o can respond to and with text, audio, images, and video. But perhaps more scarily amazing is that in Voice Mode – which allows it to respond using an AI-generated voice – it’s as snappy and natural-sounding as a human. GPT-4o is available even to free users, but using it in Voice Mode is limited to paid subscribers.

Wingsuit Flying Through London Bridge

Wingsuit Flying Through London Bridge

Red Bull skydivers Marco Fürst and Marco Waltenspiel arrived in London, England, in the most dramatic way. They jumped from a helicopter over the River Thames and headed right for the city’s iconic Tower Bridge. After flying through their target, they used the winds to increase altitude so they could open their parachutes and safely land on floating platforms.

How a Factory Makes Ship Propellers

How a Factory Makes Ship Propellers

Ships of all sizes need propellers to move through the water. Process X takes us on a tour of Japan’s Mikawa Propeller Co., Ltd., a factory that makes precision marine propellers by casting bronze in sand. After the melting and casting process, workers remove excess sand, painstakingly grind away excess metal, and polish propellers to a smooth finish.

Driving a Turbo-Diesel Rice Tractor

Driving a Turbo-Diesel Rice Tractor

Decorated with rainbows and unicorns, this wild-looking vehicle serves a practical purpose. CB Media takes a look at the tractors some farmers in Thailand use to harvest rice. These custom-built turbo-diesel machines ride on tank tracks, can turn on a dime, and keep their driver elevated above marshy rice fields. They’re not exactly environmentally friendly.

Making Styrofoam Cubes

Making Styrofoam Cubes

The best way to cut styrofoam is with a hot wire cutter. These tools usually have a single wire, but someone arranged a bunch of hot wires into a grid to produce a superbly satisfying video. Each time they set a sheet of styrofoam on top of the heated grid, it slides through like butter, creating dozens of foam cubes. We can only imagine the melted plastic fumes.

A Generic Bro-Country Song

A Generic Bro-Country Song

There’s a subgenre of country music that’s all about beer, dirt, trucks, and women. There I Ruined It created what he says is “what bro-country sounds like to people who don’t like bro-country.” The track, Got a Beer in My Beer, features a dog that drives a pickup while wearing cutoff jeans. We hope he’s not drinking that beer while driving.

If You Could Put a Camera on a Bee

If You Could Put a Camera on a Bee

There’s a real camera out there that’s the size of a grain of sand. But for this video, the guys from Corridor didn’t strap one of these technological marvels to a bee. Nope, they used a drone and their visual effects skills instead, giving us a fun bee’s-eye perspective on the world as the apian buzzes around. See how they made the clip in the Behind-the-scenes video.

How to Fix Sidewalk Traffic Jams

How to Fix Sidewalk Traffic Jams

We recently watched an educational film on what to do when you encounter people walking in the opposite direction on a sidewalk. This wacky CG-animated short posted by TecoMalu shows an alternative method that involves a horizontal booster pack that helps you quickly maneuver around other pedestrians.

Fingerstyle Crazy Frog

Fingerstyle Crazy Frog

If you spent any time on the Web in the early 2000s, you surely encountered some of those over-the-top song covers performed by Crazy Frog. Musician Luca Stricagnoli classes up the joint with a fingerstyle acoustic guitar medley of the Frog’s Eurodance remakes of Axel F, Popcorn, and Blue.

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