Motorized gimbals are designed to give cameras the steadiest video shots possible. But as the minds at photography channel COOPH point out, they can also be used as a creative tool for capturing some truly unique perspectives – from the whimsical to the sublime.
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There’s nothing quite as joyous as the grin on Joerg Sprave’s face and his manaical laugh when he fires up one of his over-the-top homebrew weapons. In this clip, he shows off a few of his creations, a couple of commercially-available crossbows, and the real reason you came here, an insane drill-powered machine bow at 7:15.
There are lots of ways to keep tools organized, but there’s something very satisfying about custom-cut foam dividers that hold tools perfectly in place. The guys at Shadow Foam make that kind of dense foam, and recently used a huge sheet of it to create an epic wall for mounting and organizing all their Makita power tools.
This Japanese kei car has supercar looks, but the Autozam AZ-1 wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. Donut Media takes some time up close and personal with this awesome little lightweight that Mazda made from 1992-1995. Like a real exotic, it’s got a mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged engine, gullwing doors, and zero cargo space.
Dimitar Tilev shows off a truly awesome R/C car build. This scale replica of a vintage Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 wagon packs an Arduino-controlled active suspension which can raise and lower, along with a rear-wheel drivetrain that makes it especially adept at drifting. We love the engine noises and light-up tailpipes.
From Earth, Wind, and Fire to Kraftwerk to ELO, the vocoder has been part of some of the most famous dance, disco, and electronic tracks ever. Musician Doctor Mix shows off his vocoder skills along with his nifty Behringer VC340, a modern day synthesizer that replicates the analog sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.
Despite their YouTube channel’s name, The Philadelphia Robot Factory has significantly more magnets than robots. In this highly satisfying video, they disassemble a hefty hexagonal structure they made from 50,000 individual magnetic spheres, layer by layer. Now enjoy the same in reverse.
Musician Steve Cruickshank likes to take classic songs and change them up a bit by replacing the original harmonies with their mirror image. The resulting music is at once familiar and pleasant to the ear, but also completely different from what we’re used to. Let’s kick the playlist off with his version of The Sound of Silence.
James Bruton is always making cool and amazing things. His latest build is a version of Tickle-Me Elmo that can actually move and walk around thanks to an array of nine servo motors and a wheeled robot that pushes it along. The design was inspired by that creepy teddy bear in the Spielberg movie A.I. Part one here.
It might spill a little food along the way, but Joseph’s Machines‘ ridiculous Rube Goldberg contraption does ultimately perform the task it’s intended for, feeding him a tasty meal of peas, potatoes, asparagus, and chicken, along with a cupcake and a nice cup of coffee, all without getting up from his desk.
You don’t see vector-based video games these days, but there was something really cool about systems like the Vectrex and games like BattleZone. Electronics wiz Mixtela was longing for the days of vector graphics too, so he built himself an impressive little system, complete with game cartridges. More details here.
Over the course of a year, Matt MacMillan captured sounds his baby son Ryan made, not just so he’d have the memories, but so he could catalog the samples by pitch, and turn them into a cover version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, thus immortalizing his tot in the Internet’s meme hall of fame.
Electronicos Fantasticos! shows us how an electric fan can be used as musical instrument – first as a sort of electric guitar, and then as a bass. The sounds are generated by a light behind the fan blades that influences a photosensor circuit held by the musician. Their wild performance of Blue Monday is a must listen.
John Muntean shows off his amazing LEGO shadow sculptures, each of which looks like an amorphous blob, but casts shadows of three distinct images as it’s rotated through a beam of light. After DragonButterflyJet, be sure to check out KnightMermaidPirateShip and ABC.
(PG-13: Language) Directors Josh and Benny Safdie have won big praise for their work with Adam Sandler in their film Uncut Gems. The trio also worked together on a bit of guerilla filmmaking, as Adam and Benny donned facepaint to shoot this short film about two warring street performers in the heart of Times Square.
A robot takes part in a heist that goes wrong, and ends up in possession of a prize that makes it feel alive. But once it gets a taste for this sensation, it does whatever is necessary to hold onto that precious lifeforce. This graduation film by students of Rubika Valenciennes is simply fantastic on every level.
Getting to the end of a video game can be highly satisfying or highly disappointing, depending on the game. But some games are so difficult to beat that few have seen the way they finish. TheGamer compiled 10 of the trickiest ones to get to – including some that have no end at all.
Maker Jairus of All built an impressive replica of the Broadsider, a weapon from Fallout 76 that’s basically naval cannon you can carry around. The PVC-based weapon can actually fire, which he tested out in this video. If you’ve got the time to spare, check out the build video series here. Also, how many times did he say “stoichiometric?”
Game developer Matt Stark posted this mindbender of a video which uses computer graphics trickery to make it look like virtual Polaroid photos are portals to other environments. It’s a wild effect, and could be a very cool gameplay mechanic if incorporated into a video game.
As we’ve seen before, it’s possible to make a weapon out of melted washers. But Hassan Abu-Izmero was challenged by a friend to build a viking axe by welding the washers together, rather than melting them down and forging them. The resulting axe looks super cool, and actually works thanks to its razor-sharp cutting edge.
While it’s not nearly as big as the AT-ACT treehouse that Colin Furze built, we’re still impressed with this foamcore and hot glue replica of the Empire’s walking weapon the guys from FliteTest put together. They built it with the sole purpose of flying tiny drones around it to knock it down.
GMC’s 2020 Sierra pickup trucks offer an innovative bed made from a carbon fiber reinforced polymer. This makes them extremely durable and impervious to about everything. To prove this, they compared ordinary beds to theirs by flinging objects at them in hurricane-force winds. Suffice it to say, the CarbonPro won hands down.
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