After building a mirrored room that lights up the entire space no matter where a light source is placed, James from The Action Lab wanted to see if he could build a mirrored room that won’t reflect light onto all of its walls. The trick is a space that uses curved mirrors with wraparound corners in specific locations.
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This 12″ tall robot can launch itself more than 100 feet into the air, making it the highest jumping robot. It stores up energy using a tiny motor and a fishing line to compress its springy legs before launch. Its lightweight feet efficiently transmit energy to the ground, and its dart-like shape once airborne helps it cut through the air.
This brilliantly-designed wagon from Malo’o lets you haul all of your gear to the beach, then converts into a padded loveseat once you unload it. It rides on puncture-proof, sand-friendly tires and holds up to 500 pounds. It comes with an ultra-wide beach umbrella that attaches to the back of the chair, plus a cargo net.
Musician Leo Moracchioli is known for his heavy metal covers of pop music. We guess the classic singalong Row, Row, Row Your Boat is as popular as kids’ songs get. So Leo and his puppet avatar got down to business to give us the most metal version they could come up with. Life is but a dream, woooooooooooah!
Not only did artist New Car come up with a design for an original concept car, but they also created a 3D sculpture of it using one of those filament pens that works like a free-form 3D printer. The most time-consuming part of the project was all of the sanding and smoothing.
We recently were reminded how painful it was to get on the Internet in the 1990s. Installing software on a computer without a CD-ROM drive was even more of a chore. Tech Tangents walks us through the slow but somewhat meditative task of installing Microsoft Office 97 from its 46 floppy disks onto a Gateway 2000 laptop.
Whether sitting outdoors camping on a chilly evening or tailgating next fall, your back and butt shouldn’t be freezing. These cozy covers from Helinox help warm up their folding camp chairs. They come in a puffy quilted or soft fleece fabrics and are available for all of their high-back chairs as well as their low-height Chair One.
This elegant drawing tool deserves a place on your desktop, not hidden away in a drawer. The brass and steel tool adjusts to create and measure circles from 3 to 70 mm in diameter and includes a walnut insert for centering. We also love their brass Stria folding ruler. (Thanks Richard!)
Artist DP Truong is always coming up with clever and different ways to draw portraits. This time out, they just used a pencil, but the trick is that it was covered with thorns on every side, making it incredibly difficult to grip and sharpen without causing pain.
North Drinkware makes these unique drink coasters based on the topography of mountains. Each laser-cut birch wood coaster features a shape and engraving inspired by famous mountain locations, from Oregon’s Mt. Hood to Vermont’s Camel’s Hump. Sold in sets of two. We also love their mountain glassware.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the most expensive display you can buy, gradients of color in dark scenes often look like a blocky mess. Tom Scott offers a great explanation of the technological limitations that cause these issues, and the visual mechanisms that make them less noticeable in brighter scenes.
Grypmat’s strong, yet flexible trays are made from a material that won’t slip, keeping hand tools and hardware in reach while working on projects. Their high-contrast colors make it easy to spot items too. Their Professional series also resists chemicals, has built-in measurements, and a hook-and-loop storage system.
Handy Geng wanted to know what it was like to feel weightless. But since he’s not planning on heading to space any time soon, he decided to build a machine that approximates that sensation on Earth. The vomit-inducing car has a cylindrical passenger compartment that can flip 360º. The faster it’s driven, the quicker it spins.
NeonIcons makes all kinds of cool wall art from LED neon for a bright glow without the fragility of traditional neon tubes. One of our favorite pieces is this pop art of Monopoly’s Rich Uncle Pennybags holding two sacks of cash and wearing a golden halo. Check out their shop for more awesome designs or to order custom art.
If you’re perpetually running late, why bother with a watch that tells the time? This fun wristwatch from Wumbo Ventures has no hands or digits, just a tiny pool filled with rubber duckies and a splashy bubble. They have magnetic backsides so that you can rearrange them in the water. There’s also a Devil Duck version.
Getting your laptop up off your desk is good for your posture. This smartly-designed desk accessory from Fluidstance combines a 9″ tall laptop riser with a dry-erase whiteboard. It’s made from powder-coated steel so you can stick magnets to it and has silicone feet to keep it from sliding around. It comes in white or slate grey.
Sony’s updated wireless cans offer a great balance of audio quality and active noise cancellation. The WH-1000XM5 has a sleek new design, though they no longer fold like the M4. They have smaller but more accurate drivers, eight microphones to eliminate unwanted background noise, and run for up to 30 hours per charge.
Despite its acceleration abilities, the Tesla Model S is a relativelt tame-looking car from the outside. But that all changed after The Real Life Guys got their hands on one. The German YouTubers took a Model S and converted it into a Model T by lifting it more than two feet and equipping it with tank tracks. Turn on subtitles.
Aston Martin teamed with Girard-Perregaux to create this work of art for your wrist. Its case melds titanium powder and carbon fiber from Aston’s 2021 F1 race cars, bathed in green resin. A sapphire crystal on back shows off its mechanism. Limited to 306 watches – a nod to the distance of the 2022 British GP at Silverstone.
(PG-13: Language) “The only thing that makes every Olympian the same… is that we all want to win a f**king gold medal.” Filmmaker Jeff Alper followed fencer Race Imbolden before and after winning his medal at the 2021 Olympic Games, offering a glimpse into how an athlete’s mindset shifts after the adrenaline wears off.
This versatile measuring gadget is great for anyone who needs to cut wood or other stock. It combines a square and protractor and has templates for dovetail joints, circular holes, parallel lines, drill positioning, and a variety of common miter angle markings. It’s made from aluminum alloy and has easy-to-read markings.
In this clip from Brazilian directorial duo Alaska, musician Tove Lo falls in love with her shiny new robotic companion. But things take a turn when she upgrades to the latest model. It’s a brilliant music video which effectively combines romance and science fiction.
This official LEGO Transformers kit lets you build a 13.5″ tall Optimus Prime. Not only do its 1508 bricks accurately capture the look of the Autobot, but it transforms between robot and truck modes. The figure has 19 points of articulation and stores the Autobot Matrix of Leadership in its chest chamber. Drops 6.1.22.
Kinto’s beautiful glassware has a mid-century modern look, with its gently curved shapes and deep amber hue. The collection includes tumblers, mugs, cups and saucers, and jugs, along with available walnut wood trays. Each piece is made from heat-resistant glass that is both microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
(PG-13: Language) You might not remember it, but comedian George Carlin provided the narration for the first four seasons of Thomas & Friends. JAW2 collected footage from the kids’ show and remixed it with bits from the famed standup’s comedy bits. Enjoy all 45 minutes of raunchy humor courtesy of James Isn’t Here.