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Making a Grass and Mud Hut

Making a Grass and Mud Hut

It’s the rainy season in Primitive Technology’s area, which means it’s time to build shelter from the storm. He chose to build a low-roofed hut with a grass thatch and mud walls and floors. It took him about 36 hours over the course of a week just gathering the grass.

Bontrager WaveCel Helmets

Bontrager WaveCel Helmets
$150-$300  Buy Link Comment

Trek and Bontrager’s WaveCel bicycle helmets use a proprietary sheet of cells instead of the commonly used EPS foam. The cells act like crumple zones in vehicles, flexing, crumpling and gliding upon impact to redirect energy away from your head.

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Phobias

Phobias

Motion designer Ah!Serif presents a slick little animated short which manages to sum up various fears and phobias using a simplified human analog. Its expressive eyes do a great job reacting to the terrifying stimuli around it.

Crayon Creatures

Crayon Creatures
$199  Buy Comment

Crayon Creatures turns kids’ drawings into accurate full color figurines thanks to the wonders of 3D modeling and 3D printing. The figurines measure up to 4″ tall and are printed in sandstone. Additional figures of the same drawing can be ordered at a discount.

2019 Apple AirPods

2019 Apple AirPods
$159-$199  Buy Comment

The second generation of Apple’s wireless earphones. The new AirPods now work with Siri, last longer, and switch between paired iOS devices twice as fast as the original. They can be ordered with a wireless charging case.

Noodle Flinging Robot

Noodle Flinging Robot

A enchanting contraption that cranks out knife-cut noodles, and flings them into a pot. Commenters point out its likely to result in inconsistent cook times, but that’s supposed to be part of its charm. Check out a similar machine compared to a human chef here.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

A variant of Porsche’s popular SUV that swaps some cargo height for a svelte new look. Its separate rear seats are more car-like, and it gets a slick adaptive spoiler on its hatchback lid. In its robust Turbo form, its 4L V8 launches it from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

How Memes Transformed Hollywood

How Memes Transformed Hollywood

Before the Internet, movie fans were mostly passive audiences. But as Wisecrack points out, making online jokes and memes about pop culture has become so influential that it’s shaping how movies, TV shows, and their stars are perceived, marketed, and cast.

Rebirth: Unreal Engine Demo

Rebirth: Unreal Engine Demo

While it may be a while before we have video games with truly photorealistic graphics, Quixel’s eyepopping real-time cinematic that shows off the power of Unreal Engine 4 using real-world scans of Iceland, combined with CG models. Watch in 4K if you can.

Z-Roll Portable Bed

Z-Roll Portable Bed
$199+  Pledge Comment

The Z-Roll combines a bedroll and an air mattress so you can sleep comfortably anywhere. The bedroll has a weather-resistant base and a duffle pocket that can double as a pillow. The air mattress has a built-in foot pump that fills it in just 90s.

Dyson Lightcycle Lamp

Dyson Lightcycle Lamp
$600-$899  Buy Link Comment

Dyson’s Lightcycle is a highly-adjustable multipurpose lamp. It can change its color and brightness based on the time of day. When used with its app, it can even account for the user’s age and activity. Its heat pipe cools the LEDs to ensure performance for up to 60 years.

Animal Myths Debunked

Animal Myths Debunked

Did you know that there’s no such thing as an alpha wolf? How about the fact that the Tyrannosaurus Rex actually had great eyesight? Or that female dogs also hump? Learn all that and more in Mental Floss’ animal list show.

Blitz Mini Pocket Knife

Blitz Mini Pocket Knife

Featuring a similarly stubby design to their multipurpose B-2 knife, Bomber & Co’s Blitz Mini has a tanto style black stainless blade, with sharp straight and angled cutting surfaces. It measures just 3.7″ when open, and has a large keychain opening.

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2019 Apple iMac

2019 Apple iMac
$1299+  Buy Comment

The 21.5″ Retina 4K iMac now has 8th gen quad-core or six-core Intel CPUs and Radeon Pro 555X, 560X, or Vega 20 GPU, while the 27″ Retina 5K iMac now has 9th gen six-core or eight-core Intel CPUs and Radeon Pro 570X, 575X, 580X, or Vega 48 GPU.

Viking Ship Fire Pit

Viking Ship Fire Pit
~$505  Buy Comment

While fiery Norse ships are normally reserved for viking funerals, we’ll make an exception for this truly awesome handmade fire pit from sculptor Trevor McIntire of ImagineMetalArt. It’s made from 18 ga. sheet steel and measures about 39″ long x 16″ wide.

Escalator Etiquette is Inefficient

Escalator Etiquette is Inefficient

Cheddar gives us a brief history of the escalator before explaining why the unspoken escalator rule of walking on one side and standing on the other needs to be abolished. Research shows how the right way is to have both lanes standing only.

Takeflight Tactical Pen

Takeflight Tactical Pen
$28  Buy Comment

This versatile and durable pen is made from CNC-machined aluminum, and packs four tools in one: a ballpoint pen, a glass-breaker/self-defense tip, a bottle opener/screwdriver blade, and a flashlight. Note: Not TSA-approved for carry-ons.

Xbox One Phantom White Controller

Xbox One Phantom White Controller
$70  Buy Comment

Like the Phantom Black controller, Microsoft’s latest controller features a semi-translucent shell, which allows you to see the components inside. It has a textured grip, remappable buttons, and wireless connectivity. Compatible with all Xbox One consoles and Windows 10.

Genius Pack G4 Carry-On Spinner Case

Genius Pack G4 Carry-On Spinner Case
$179-$199  Buy Link Comment

This 360º roller bag features compartments for separating clean and dirty clothes, gadgets, and more. Its air-removal valve compresses clothes for added space, and its expandable compartment provides bonus space. Save 39% in The Awesomer Shop.

Gerber Center-Drive Plus

Gerber Center-Drive Plus
$144  Buy Link Comment

Gerber’s Center-Drive Plus adds a pair of spring-loaded scissors, a partially serrated blade and a leather sheath that has room for 12 standard-size bits. It retains the Center-Drive’s unique full-size screwdriver, full-size blade and spring-loaded pliers.

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The Machine that Made Everything

The Machine that Made Everything

The industrial revolution kicked off the biggest boom of innovation in the history of humanity. Machine Thinking looks back at one specific machine which came at the very start of that era that he considers as the linchpin for much of what came after.

John Wick: Chapter 3 (Trailer 2)

John Wick: Chapter 3 (Trailer 2)

John Wick seemingly cashes in all of his goodwill while being given more heads and torsos to destroy at point-blank range in the second trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Premieres 5/17/19.

Tactical Breach Wizards

Tactical Breach Wizards

From Gunpoint creator Tom Francis comes a turn-based tactical RPG set in a world where cops have magical powers. Tactical Breach Wizards will feature six distinct classes, a rewind mechanic and cosmetic rewards for skilled players.

Aquaman Honest Trailer

Aquaman Honest Trailer

Mix Black Panther, a ton of marine life and a sprinkling of Magic Mike and you get the new Aquaman. Screen Junkies pokes fun at the hit movie’s celebration of excess – excessive locations, excessive battles, excessive screaming and more more more.

Alk Phenix Tab Parka

Alk Phenix Tab Parka
~$305  Buy Comment

Alk’s Tab Parka is made of water-repellent and knit reflective polyester. It has two zipped vents at the back and a large front pocket. The front pocket has a hole that connects to the kangaroo pockets so you can thread a cable through.

How Toy Figurines are Made

How Toy Figurines are Made

A look inside a factory that makes collectible figurines, as its designs go from sketch, to digital model, to wax model, to silicone mold, to plastic model, to plaster cast, to metal die for creating the final production pieces. Those pieces are then hand-painted and assembled.

2019 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

2019 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

Samsung is updating its thin and light hybrid laptop for 2019. The new Notebook 9 Pro features a sharp new aluminum body. It also has thinner bezels, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a wider keyboard. It still comes with an Active Pen stylus.

Heavy Cover Titanium Spork

Heavy Cover Titanium Spork
$22  Buy Comment

Rather than combining the fork and spoon into a single, less than ideal utensil, Heavy Cover’s lightweight titanium tool gives you both a spoon and a fork. It also packs a bottle opener, and a 5-size box wrench in the middle.

Training for Movie Gunfights

Training for Movie Gunfights

Insider spoke with Andreas Petrides, founder of the British Action Academy. Among other things, the school teaches actors and stuntmen how to shoot different kinds of firearms in different stances. Reacting to being shot is also part of the course.

Converting Classic Cars to Electric

Converting Classic Cars to Electric

Freethink spoke with Michael Bream, the owner of EV West, a small car shop outside San Diego that specializes in transforming older cars into electric vehicles. Their conversion is so effective that they’re booked for the next three and a half years.

Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-35X

Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-35X
$90  Buy Comment

After creating the HE-350, Massdrop teamed up once again with HiFiMAN to create a new and improved pair of entry-level audiophile quality headphones. The HE-35X features an open back design, 50mm dynamic drivers, and angled velour and faux leather ear pads.

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