If you’ve ever played with a vintage manual typewriter, you know how hard it can be just to hit those mechanical keys with enough force. JBV Creative built a custom robot that uses 3D-printed “fingers” and servo motors to type text and ASCII art on an old Remington Rand Office Riter. Money shot at 15:34.
We’re pretty sure The Beatles envisioned a much larger ship when they proclaimed “We all live in a yellow submarine.” But as Living Big in a Tiny House shows us, you don’t even need to live beneath the waves to dwell in such a golden vessel. If you happen to be visiting New Zealand, you can even stay there.
Every trick a skateboarder ever landed required at least some degree of practice and persistence. Director Najeeb Tarazi offers up an “ode to effort” with this experimental short that takes footage of skateboarders failing and composites it with their successes. Filmed by Dennis Ludwig, Ryan Neddeau, and Frankie Eder.
Cameras can create art but are rarely artful themselves. They occasionally come in colors, but that’s about it. Filmmaker Dave Knop decided to test out his drawing skills using a hand engraving tool on the body of a cheap camera, giving it more personality. Though it did nothing to improve the camera’s awful image quality.
It might not have 512 floppy drives, but the Device Orchestra has plenty of heart (and googly eyes). So crank up the volume, and get your day started right with a performance of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now that will have you buzzing like an electric toothbrush.
We’ve seen guitars made from foods before, including jawbreakers, ramen noodles, and coffee beans. ArtMayer brought his junk food game with a custom Les-Paul style guitar with a body made from McDonald’s french fries. The fries probably came from a fake McDonald’s because Art is located in Moscow.
Because of their size and weight, chainsaws typically require both hands for safe operation. Make It Extreme shows how it’s possible to engineer and construct a compact chainsaw small enough to be held with one hand, yet capable of sawing through thick branches and making very rough cuts of lumber.
If you heat up a penny with a blow torch then lower it over a puddle of acetone, the reaction with the vapors will make the penny glow like a dim red lightbulb. NileRed shows off the reaction and points out that it must be done with a copper penny and not one with zinc or it will melt. And remember, chemistry is dangerous.
Pro rally driver Ken Block is road-testing his insane Hoonipigasus. The 1,400 hp AWD Porsche SVRSR racecar is a widebody pink monster built for the 100th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on June 26. The brutal 12.42-mile course has 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet, with the finish line at 14,115 feet.
It’s common knowledge that Vecna is the Big Bad on Stranger Things 4. But if you haven’t watched it yet, don’t click play, or you’ll spoil an important plot point. But if you already know who Vecna is, watch and enjoy this actor’s transformation from human into beast, with occasional phone calls and sips of Starbucks along the way.
When engineers need to test missile components without launching actual missiles, they test them on a rocket-powered sled. Holloman Air Force Base is home to a test track where they fire hypersonic sleds at speeds up to Mach 8.6 – about 6599 mph. They’ve also figured out how to stop and recover them quickly.
After getting fired from her job, Penny the cat encounters a stranger who offers her a chance to make a lot of money. His proposition is equal parts Fight Club and Squid Game. Victoria “Vewn” Vincent’s off-kilter animated short film explores how a need for cash and acceptance can lead us to some very dark places.
Artist Blake McFarland continues to wow us with his spectacular animal sculptures. His latest is a gorgeous black rhino he made from a large chunk of burled black walnut wood and clear epoxy resin. The piece will be available for purchase soon from the new artist’s platform Ronin.
We’ve learned not to early demo footage to be representative of a game’s final look. But we’re cautiously optimistic that NCSOFT’s Unreal 5-powered Project M will live up to the developer’s goal of creating the kinds of the incredibly realistic characters and environment shown in this trailer. Turn on subtitles.
Artist and filmmaker Sebastian Jern creates amazing miniature scenes which he brings to life with lighting and practical effects. Here, he shows off a tiny tribute to Stranger Things, with dark and puffy cotton clouds and a terrifying monster lurking within. His miniature Mount Everest and Moon scenes are similarly phenomenal.
After building several self-balancing machines, engineer James Bruton wanted to see if he could make one that could help him walk across a narrow beam. It uses a large motorized wheel that changes direction based on the angle detected by a sensor. The trick is not letting his body compensate too much for its motion.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is an insanely powerful race car with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that revs to 11,000 RPM and makes 1000 hp. Aerial Automotive shared this footage of the cars zooming around Laguna Seca Raceway and wowing gearheads with ear candy. He also shot some epic in-car footage. (Thanks, Nathan!)
We like to keep our dishes neatly stacked in our kitchen cabinets, but we don’t do it with this kind of flair. Somehow, through some kind of trickery, this stack of plates spins into place with the flick of a finger and drops down in height as it goes. We’re filing this one under “what kind of sorcery is this?”
As one of the most notable designs of the 20th century, the Eames LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) is an icon of mid-century modern furniture. Brandmade.TV looks back at the history of the chair, and goes inside the factory where Herman Miller continues to make these chairs by stacking, bending, and sanding plywood veneers.
Artist Penny Thomson makes these amazing moving sculptures of birds, dragons, faeries, and other creatures. Each one uses a crank and precisely-placed stiff wires to bring it to life. Her works go up for sale on her Etsy shop from time to time, but they sell out almost instantly.
There are countless videos on the Internet that claim to demonstrate machines that can generate their own energy and operate in perpetuity. Don’t believe the hype. In this video from The Action Lab, he shows off one such trick, which uses hidden electromagnets to make a sphere look like it’s spinning on its own.
When companies mine the ground for precious minerals, what do they do with the materials they dug up and didn’t use? In the case of one kaolin mine in Bavaria, Germany, you turn the leftovers into a slope for sandboarders and skiers. Tom Scott takes us on a journey to the Monte Kaolino theme park.
There was a time when finding what you wanted on Google was a simple task. But over the years, the ubiquitous search engine has modified its algorithms and design so much that it can overwhelm with irrelevant information and ads. Comedian Ryan George pokes fun at what it’s like to run a search these days.
It’s obvious to most of us that Hollywood has taken some artistic license in its portrayal of dinosaurs in movies. Paleontologist Mark Loewen sat down with Vanity Fair to explain some of the major inaccuracies with the Jurassic Park franchise and other dinosaur flicks.
A couple of years back, Stuff Made Here created a basketball hoop that was always in the right place to catch the ball. Now he’s back with an upgraded, cable-driven robot with six degrees of freedom so it can catch balls thrown long or short or off-axis. Like all good engineering projects, it required lots of failures along the way.