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Wordle in the 1980s

Wordle in the 1980s

Like many of you, we’ve played Wordle almost every day since it broke out. Squirrel Monkey imagines what the hit word game might have been like if it came out in the 1980s and ran on an MS-DOS-based PC. You’ll also need a dot-matrix printer if you want to share your score.

Sandwich Assembly Robot

Sandwich Assembly Robot

Mechanical engineer Kuroki Yuto and his collaborators came up with a novel use for a 3D printer mechanism – using the 3-axis machine to manipulate and assemble parts. In this video, they show how the system can be used to put together a sandwich. They used the same technique to assemble a toy car and to fold a shirt.

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Hamyak ATV

Hamyak ATV

Engineer Eduard Luzyanin created this wild ride that combines a motorcycle and a tank. The Hamyak is a single-seat vehicle that’s propelled by a rolling track. It can reach speeds of 27mph, though, without suspension or steering, you’re probably going to want to go slower. EXROADmedia has video footage of this oddity in action.

High-Flying Drone

High-Flying Drone

For aviation safety reasons, there are strict limits on how high you can fly a drone. But the guys at IronMan FPV got special permission from local authorities to take their DJI FPV drone to an altitude of 4500 meters – or nearly 15,000 feet. They put it into a freefall at around 3:13 to save battery on the way back down.

Forging an Italian Halberd

Forging an Italian Halberd

Ilya and Matt from That Works show how they fabricated an impressive historical weapon inspired by the game Outward Definitive Edition. They created the Italian Halberd from a 200-year-old wrought iron barn door hinge that they refined and forged into an elegant yet deadly axe with a spike on the end.

A Collection of Crazy Guitars

A Collection of Crazy Guitars

Fans of 1980s metal might recognize some of the crazy multi-necked guitars in this video by Rob Scallon. They’re part of Michael Angelo Batio’s extensive guitar collection. Batio is known as the fastest guitar player of the era, and Rob is like a kid in a candy store when gets hands-on with some of these wild instruments.

Man vs. RC Tank

Man vs. RC Tank

You might think a remote-controlled model of a tank would be pretty underpowered. But from the looks of this video of a 1/6th-scale RC tank, it’s got enough torque to win a shoving contest with a grown man. The tank in question is the $5000+ Armortek Panther G in case you’d like to try it for yourself.

Overpowered Bicycle Mod

Overpowered Bicycle Mod

The crank on a typical 10-speed bicycle measures about 5″ across. But what would happen if you supersize that? BigWR gives us a lesson in gear ratios by outfitting his bike’s crankset with an enormous gear to see how much faster it could go on pedal power alone. At least it’s not as bad of an idea as his double steering bike.

Pinch to Zoom in Real Life

Pinch to Zoom in Real Life

This clever video makes it look like a giant hand is manipulating the real world by making pinch, pan, and zoom gestures. This effect was created in-camera with the help of a precisely choreographed model and hand actor behind the camera. Though we’re not sure how he got the finger gun past the metal detector.

MB14: En Aparté

MB14: En Aparté

French beatboxer Mohamed Belkhir aka MB14 is back with another epic performance, this time using his vocal and live-looping skills to emulate various musical instruments, a chorus, and an operatic lead singer, bringing it all together with a middle-eastern flair.

Around the World from the Air

Around the World from the Air

We recently shared a great time-lapse video from photographer Kien Lam documenting his travels around the globe. It turns out he also brings a drone with him, and created this video that offers a captivating view of the world from above.

Insane Makeup Illusions

Insane Makeup Illusions

Esther Aular aka NEKI is an incredibly talented makeup artist, specializing in optical illusions. She creates her alter-egos with a mix of face paint and prosthetics. See if you can guess where her real eyes are hiding on each of the faces in this compilation video, and check out more of her surreal creations on TikTok.

AI-Powered 3D Object Reconstruction

AI-Powered 3D Object Reconstruction

Two Minute Papers shows off a computer graphics tech that can create 3D objects from 2D images. Developed by NVIDIA, the University of Toronto, and the Vector Institute, the tech can work with as little as a single reference photo to produce a 3D model, materials, and lighting. The longer the AI runs, the more detail it extracts.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Segmented Displays

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Segmented Displays

LCDs and LEDs are everywhere, from smartphones to watches to TVs, to headlights. Musician and tech enthusiast Posy dives deep into one specific use of these technologies – displays which use segments to create numbers and letters. After a little history, he shows off some concepts for his own segmented designs.

Lilium VTOL Jet

Lilium VTOL Jet

This pure-electric jet plane can take off and land without a runway. The Lilium Jet can transition from hover to airplane mode once airborne, using a proprietary Ducted Electric Vectored Thrust Jet that can transition between vertical and horizontal. The aircraft shown in the video is their 5th-generation test vehicle.

Playing the Kora

Playing the Kora

Rob Scallon sat down with fellow musician Salieu Suso to learn about an instrument rarely seen here in the States. The Kora is a traditional Gambian instrument with 21 strings and a resonating chamber made from a gourd. It produces a soft and calming sound, and clearly influenced the design of later string instruments.

The Burrito Bumper

The Burrito Bumper

Despite the name of his channel, Matty Benedetto’s Unnecessary Inventions occasionally does create something we could use. His Burrito Bumper is one such item. Pre-load its base with a tortilla, place its funnel beneath your chin, and any time you spill burrito ingredients, they end up inside the taco. Second course served!

Indoor Cathedral BASE Jump

Indoor Cathedral BASE Jump

BASE jumping takes serious balls, and the shorter the jump, the bigger they need to be. BIT – BASE inspired travels performed this impressive 60-meter (196-foot) jump from inside of a cathedral somewhere in France. The crazy thing is that this daredevil has done jumps from less than half that height.

Hot Wheels Portable Nintendo Switch Dock Backpack

Hot Wheels Portable Nintendo Switch Dock Backpack

In 2017, Mattel wanted to get in on the Nintendo Switch craze and created a limited-edition backpack that made the handheld console no longer handheld. Ultimately, only three of the $980 backpacks were produced. Peter Knetter offers his take on this electric blue oddity that may or may not have actually existed.

Otyken: Storm

Otyken: Storm

Siberian musical group Otyken performed their track Storm in the icy Krasnoyarsk Territory, home to the Chulyms indigenous people and the birthplace of members of the band. The song mixes traditional and modern sounds – including some wicked throat singing – and is about challenges people face when traveling to the East.

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Squirrel with a Gun

Squirrel with a Gun

Games like Goat Simulator and QWOP have proven that your game concept doesn’t have to make sense to be entertaining. Indie developer and VFX artist Dan DeEntremont is running with that idea with the creation of a game with the simple concept of a squirrel wielding a variety of firearms. Punish has the story.

The Internet Time Machine

The Internet Time Machine

Want to see what a website looked like on a specific date? You can always go to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and type in a URL to find out. Or, you could do what The Science Elf did and build a box that runs the Wayback Proxy and lets him dial in a specific date to surf old versions of websites on vintage web browsers.

Magnetic Vibrations

Magnetic Vibrations

The Magnetic Games channel teamed up with the Magnet Tricks channel to create a series of fascinating demonstrations of how magnets interact as their attractive and repelling properties cause movements and vibrations in each other.

15 Years of Beatboxing

15 Years of Beatboxing

There are plenty of amateur beatboxers out there, but it takes years of practice to turn it into a profession. Vocalist D-low offers an audible history of his progression from entry-level to world beatbox champion in a single 1-minute video.

Chuck Norris vs. Spartan Warriors

Chuck Norris vs. Spartan Warriors

When it comes to badassery, Chuck Norris is on many top 10 lists. SergiuHellDragoon put Chuck’s skills to the test using Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator 2 and an army of 2400 Chucks versus a million Spartan Warriors. Despite the seemingly impossible odds, the overpowered Chucks made quick work of the soldiers.

DIY Ducky Bagpipe

DIY Ducky Bagpipe

As we’ve seen before, inventor Nicolas Bras loves to make unique musical instruments. His latest instrument is one of the sillier ones we’ve seen. He created an improvised bagpipe by attaching his PVC pipe clarinets and a kid-sized duck pool float. It doesn’t sound much like the traditional Scottish instrument, nor does it quack like a duck.

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