An upgraded version of the Pocket Shot launcher with a sturdy aluminum chassis. It can fire projectiles with up to 3x the power of a slingshot, and features a gimbal that can pivot and swivel to help you aim with precision. Includes two pouches, a carrying case, and 200 plastic balls. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)
We love a good sippin’ bourbon as much as the next guy, but whiskey also goes great with mixers. Amy Zavatto’s colorful book is filled with 100 great drink recipes, including the perfect versions of classic cocktails, and drinks grouped by sweet, savory, spicy, sour, and other flavor profiles to suit every taste.
The U.S. has had 45 presidents, most of whom served for at least a full term in office. But back in 1849, David Rice Atchison was the de facto president of our country for roughly a day. Half as Interesting explains how this happened, and why it’s still debated to this day.
Christophe Ruge’s LEGO Ideas model of the International Space Station is going into production. This outstanding 864-piece kit is packed with solar arrays, each of which can rotate, along with a dockable Space Shuttle, and a deployable satellite. It also comes with scale astronaut micro-figures for conducting spacewalks. Drops 2/1/20.
Playing a really, really slow version of the William Tell Overture in a grade school concert was as far as we got learning to play the violin. But POV video maker Buttered Side Down is more determined to build his skills than we ever were, and he’s also got a great teacher.
Popular Mechanics presents the best kind of factory video – one without narration or commentary. This clip will get your sweet tooth buzzing as workers at Hammond’s Candies plant make candy canes, marshmallows, and other goodies the old-fashioned way. The Denver-based company has been creating sweet treats since 1920.
This unusual guitar effects pedal changes its sound based on whatever liquid you pour into it. Unscrew the watertight lid, pour in the beverage of your choice, and the conductive properties of said liquid will influence signal gain, while its opacity affects the equalization of the sound. Demo video here. (Thanks Mike!)
FPV drone pilot Nicolas Gaillard was invited to Oahu by Beautiful Destinations to capture aerial footage of some of Hawaii’s most spectacular sights. We think he did a masterful job zooming around the skies and shooting amazing imagery of the island’s natural splendor.
MTB master Brandon Semenuk takes us on a thrilling ride through the woods of Hakuba Valley, Japan in this clip from Red Bull and Revel Co.’s Light Speed. Watch in awe as Semenuk pulls some epic powerslides, flips, and tricks, as the beautiful and exotic scenery rushes by.
Adafruit Industries produces some really nifty components for making electronic gadgets. In this video, they show how their NeoPixel LED strips can be used with a one-way mirrored sheet, acrylic, and some 3D-printed bits to make an infinity mirror you can toss in your pocket. Build details and parts list here, and the source code is here.
Jason Segel, Sally Field, André Benjamin, Eve Lindley, and Richard E. Grant star in this fantasy-drama about about a group of strangers who end up teaming up to unravel a mystery, and who end up discovering much about themselves along their journey. Premieres 3/1/20 on AMC.
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.
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.
These small notebooks are designed to be virtually indestructible. They have a grade 5 titanium cover, and their pages are made from stone and calcium carbonate, which makes them waterproof, fire-resistant, grease-proof, and generally everything-proof. Available in 2″ x 3″ and 3″ x 5″ sizes, with paper refills available.
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.
This pocket flashlight from Lumintop may be small, but it’s mighty. Its triple Cree XPL-HI LED can kick out up to 2800 lumens when used with an 18650 battery. Its case is made from military-grade anodized aluminum, and it’s been sealed to IP68 waterproof standards. Measures 92.5mm (3.64″) long, and weighs just 53g (1.87 oz.)
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.
Unless you’re on perpetual vacation, everyone eventually needs to know the time. And you should have a reliable timepiece if you plan on showing up on time. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked the best self-powered men’s watches that never need batteries. We’re fans of the clean looking Maratac titanium field watch.
The iconic LEGO minifig gets maxi-sized by designer Seb_E, who came up with 11″ tall sculpture made from regular-size LEGO bricks. The concept design includes interchangeable faces and t-shirts, and articulated hands, arms, and legs. The jumbo size meta-bricks are a nice touch too. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.
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.
This retro-modern digital clock from NIXT uses old school vacuum fluorescent tubes to display the time, date, and day of week. It comes with eight real VFD tubes, along with colorful LED underlighting. It’s also got GPS-based time sync, alarm, and temperature functions.
This mini multitool is designed to make quick work of opening boxes, cutting rope, strapping, and other light-duty tasks. Its hook-shaped 2Cr13 steel blade end protects package contents, while its other half packs a mini pry bar, a flathead screwdriver, and a bottle opener. Sold in a two-pack.