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The Plasma Piano

The Plasma Piano

After melting all of the strings on his piano with high-voltage sparks, Mattias Krantz wanted to see if he could still make music with the thing. So he got to work building a series of circuits that fire plasma arcs onto the piano’s metal backboard to make sounds when he presses the piano’s keys. But it wasn’t easy getting it to work.

SOG PowerPint Mini MultiTool

SOG PowerPint Mini MultiTool
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SOG’s stainless steel multitool fits easily in your pocket or your hand and packs 18 useful functions. It includes straight and serrated blades, a can opener, needle-nose pliers, a wire cutter, an awl, a file, a bevel gauge, a magnetic bit holder, scissors, Philips and jewelry screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and more.

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Riding on a Giant Radio Telescope

Riding on a Giant Radio Telescope

Tom Scott got to experience very special tour of Australia’s Parkes Radio Telescope. Not only did he get to see the technology behind the long-standing telescope, he was allowed to walk on its massive dish and take a ride on it as it tilted and changed angles. Because the dish is so enormous, Tom had a hard time keeping his bearings.

Tactical Travel Tray

Tactical Travel Tray
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This handy travel accessory from Maxpedition Gear gives you a place to keep your phone, wallet, keys, eyeglasses, and other small accessories, so you know exactly where they are. It lays flat when not in use and snaps together at its corners or edges to form a tray or taco-shaped storage compartment.

World’s Longest Wingsuit Proximity Flight

World’s Longest Wingsuit Proximity Flight

Skydivers Fred Fugen, Vincent “Veush” Cotte, and Aurélien “Bras Noir” Chatard set a world record for the longest terrain-flying wingsuit line, zooming over Mont Blanc, France in formation for 7.5 km (4.66 mi.) They captured POV footage of the incredible flight using a GoPro MAX action camera. You can also watch the flight in VR.

Building a Giant R/C Airbus A380

Building a Giant R/C Airbus A380
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We love watching giant R/C airplanes take to the skies. In this video from Ramy RC, we get to see the full build process. He created this 11.8-foot-long model of an Airbus A380-800 by 3D printing forms and lining them with carbon fiber and resin. He made the underlying structure from laser-cut wood and plastic. Maiden flight at 17:45.

Hardell Cordless Rotary Tool

Hardell Cordless Rotary Tool
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This cordless rotary tool is an inexpensive addition to any toolkit. It offers five speeds from 5000 to 15000 RPM for sanding, carving, grinding, polishing, and cutting. Its rechargeable 3.7V battery can spin its motor for up to 200 minutes. The 55-piece kit includes tool bits, cutting discs, grinders, polishers, and sanding bands.

Air-powered LEGO Truck

Air-powered LEGO Truck

Compressed air can pack an impressive amount of energy in a small space. Brick Technology shows off how it can power LEGO Technic engines, then moves on to a brick-built, remote-controlled semi that’s powered by compressed air in the tanks that it’s towing. The custom pneumatic parts came from Green Gecko Workshop.

R40° Balancing Ruler

R40° Balancing Ruler

This elegantly-designed wood ruler from Italy’s LL Design Studio appears to defy gravity when placed on its base. Its mitered ends and a strong magnet at one end let it balance at a 40º angle against its stand. It also has a magnet in its back so you can attach it to metal surfaces. Available in inches or centimeters.

Making a Metal Armor Shell for a Hermit Crab

Making a Metal Armor Shell for a Hermit Crab

Hermit crabs are known for their ability to reside in the abandoned shells of other sea creatures. I did a thing wanted to know if one of these crustaceans would wear a shell made out of metal, like a tiny suit of armor. So he got to work casting some metal seashells and put them in a tank to see if a crab would put one on.

Why We All Need Captions Now

Why We All Need Captions Now

We used to watch TV shows and movies at home and understand the voices perfectly. But lately, we’ve had to turn the subtitles on much more often. At first, we thought maybe our hearing was just going, but Vox explains how changes in audio tech, acting styles, and filmmaking have made dialogue less intelligible.

The Reluctant Traveler (Trailer)

The Reluctant Traveler (Trailer)

Eugene Levy stars in this series in which the SCTV and Schitt’s Creek alum agrees to visit places he never dreamed of going before. While we’re not expecting the hijinx of Karl Pilkington’s An Idiot Abroad, we’re looking forward to watching this fish-out-of-water travel show when it arrives on Apple TV+ 2.24.23.

The Main Squeeze: Comfortably Numb

The Main Squeeze: Comfortably Numb

The members of The Main Squeeze and their guest musicians present a stellar performance of the Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb. They captured the mood and emotion of the original while adding a soulful new dimension, thanks to the fantastic lead vocals by Corey Frye and killer guitar work of Maximillian Newman.

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Nitecore EDC27 Pocket Flashlight

Nitecore EDC27 Pocket Flashlight

This tactical flashlight from Nitecore is impressively slim at just 0.56″ while still being quite bright. It has a dual-core LED light source that outputs up to 3000 lumens, with a maximum beam throw of 721 feet. It’s powered by a 1700 mAh Li-ion battery and has five brightness levels plus a strobe mode. Coming soon for $110.

Best Metal Wallets 2023

Best Metal Wallets 2023

Leather and other textile-based wallets look nice, but they wear out over time. If you want a wallet that will last decades, consider a metal wallet. Everyday Carry picked eight of the best metal wallets you can buy, from the rugged, skeletonized Trayvax Contour to the sleek and minimal Machiner Era Co. Ti5 titanium wallet.

When You Play Radiohead on Shuffle

When You Play Radiohead on Shuffle

Despite its eclectic nature, there’s one thing you can count on with Radiohead’s music – it will always be evocative. YouTuber CmcBkT put together this hilarious, meme-filled edit of the emotional rollercoaster ride you’ll be in for if you play your Radiohead collection on shuffle. Part two here.

Vital Carry Bolt-Driver

Vital Carry Bolt-Driver
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This 3″ long tool goes anywhere and hides a retractable 1/4″ bit driver. It features a spring-loaded bolt-action mechanism and accepts any standard 1″ long bit in its magnetic bit holder. A knurled finish provides grip and style, and it comes in machined aluminum, brass, or copper.

Making a Cursed Red M&M

Making a Cursed Red M&M

Back in 1976, they took red M&Ms off the market because some red food dye was found to cause cancer. While those M&Ms couldn’t really kill you, this one might. Adam from North of the Border imagined what it might be like if M&Ms ate people like people eat candy. It’s amazing how creepy you can make stuff by adding teeth.

Recycled Aluminum Can Guitar

Recycled Aluminum Can Guitar

Burls Art knows a thing or two about making guitars. He created this one by melting 1000 aluminum cans, and casting the metal to form the neck and body of the instrument. First, he had to build a furnace and equipment to work with the molten metal. We love how he could melt it down and start again when it didn’t work right.

Making an Animatronic Thing from Wednesday

Making an Animatronic Thing from Wednesday

Wednesday’s pal Thing is brought to life by magician Victor Dorobantu in a blue costume removed by VFX. Jamie and Jay from Wicked Makers made an animatronic version of the hand instead. They started with a cheap Halloween decoration, then sculpted and cast a latex glove and painted it to look like the character.

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Timex Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass Watch

Timex Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass Watch
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The Timex Expedition North TW2V22200 is loaded with features for outdoor activities. The watch has an analog compass, a thermometer, a tide tracker that counts down to low or high tide, and INDIGLO lighting. Its nautical display is set into a stainless steel case with a dark green strap. It also comes in grey/blue.

TOKK CAM C2+ Compact Wi-Fi Camera

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This tiny camera lets you discreetly monitor and record activity in your home, office, on your body, in your car, or even on your bike. It has a built-in clip and can attach magnetically to metal surfaces, beaming video back to your phone wirelessly. It runs for up to 90 minutes per charge. Save $29 in The Awesomer Shop.

LEGO Creator Expert Vespa 125

LEGO Creator Expert Vespa 125
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Celebrate your love for Italy and the 1960s with this official LEGO model of the Vespa 125 scooter in pastel blue. The miniature captures the curvy styling of the iconic 2-wheeler and includes a brick-built engine hidden beneath a removable cover, working steering, and a LEGO helmet, picnic basket, and flowerpot accessories.

SNL: The Black Lotus

SNL: The Black Lotus

All of the intrigue, none of the foolishness. Saturday Night Live roasts The White Lotus. In this universe, the resort is operated by a black and latino staff, and they’re not taking any crap from the whiny, entitled guests. We had to watch it twice before we realized that guest host Aubrey Plaza was even in the sketch.

Duo Dice

Duo Dice

These unique nested dice offer more possible outcomes to your tabletop gaming sessions. Each has an inner die with a see-through outer shell that can be used to add, subtract, or as another game modifier. Available as a set of six D6 or seven polyhedral inner dice.

Fractalicious 9

Fractalicious 9

Amsterdam-based visual effects designer Julius Horsthuis is known for his incredible moving fractal art. Fractalicious 9 is a compilation of his more recent work and offers up a variety of mesmerizing visuals based on mathematical equations.

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