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WAVES Playing Cards

WAVES Playing Cards

This 1st Edition deck from 52Kards features a mesmerizing optical illusion on the back that produces a sense of depth as you move them, making them perfect for showing off your cardistry moves. The symbols and face card designs echo the wavy line design, and they come packed in a matching tuck box.

TIPEN 3.0

TIPEN 3.0
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The latest revision of YSMART’s TIPEN mini pen has more intricate laser-engraved patterns and now comes in brass as well as the original titanium. Its cartridge has a silicon carbide rollerball tip for smooth and consistent ink flow. Measuring just 6cm (~2.36″) long, it’s the perfect addition to your keychain or zipper pull.

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Exit Stage Left: The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars

Exit Stage Left: The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars
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Author Nick Duerden interviewed 50 popular musicians, including Bob Geldof, Stewart Copeland, and Robbie Williams, to learn about the psychological, physical, and financial impact of coming down off of the high of success. The print edition drops 6.28.22, but you can buy the Kindle edition now.

Rugged Travel Flask

Rugged Travel Flask
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While we’re not sure any ceramic object should be called “rugged,” we do love the look of this handmade ceramic travel flask from Drifter Mercantile. It also won’t set off metal detectors. The flask has a shiny black glaze, embossed “DRIFTER” logotype, and a leather strap to hold its cork stopper in place. Also available in white.

Moon Knight with Lightsabers

Moon Knight with Lightsabers

You know what makes any fight sequence better? Lightsabers, naturally. ActiveSufi took one of the great action sequences from the Disney+ series Moon Knight and upgraded our hero’s weapons with plasma power. Is Oscar Isaac the key to unlocking a Star Wars/Marvel crossover universe? (Thanks, Rob!)

Twix French Macarons

Twix French Macarons
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Ma-Ka-Rohn makes delicious French macarons in all kinds of tasty flavors. They also make limited-edition treats inspired by popular candies. Their latest creation is a Twix macaron with a Twix-infused chocolate ganache, a Twix-infused caramel center, and a shimmery bronze shell. They’re available only through 4.16.2022.

Sonos Ray Soundbar

Sonos Ray Soundbar
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This compact soundbar from Sonos produces room-filling sound despite its size. It packs four Class-D amps, two full-range mid-woofers with a bass reflex system for punchy lows, and two tweeters with waveguides for a wide soundstage. It connects to any TV with an optical output and supports streaming audio via WiFi.

Picquic Teeny Turner Screwdriver

Picquic Teeny Turner Screwdriver
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This miniature screwdriver is small enough to fit into cramped spaces, and comes with seven precision-machined bits to handle a variety of assembly and disassembly tasks. It includes P00, P0, 2mm slot, 3mm slot, T5, T6, and T8 bits. Picquic also sells a 3-tool set with two larger multi-drivers.

Grasp It Structural Engineering Training System

Grasp It Structural Engineering Training System

This interactive educational system helps students learn about the physical properties of structures. It combines a set of beams, levers, pivot points, and other parts that attach to a backboard which work in concert with augmented reality projections to show the physics at play when forces are applied.

Land Shark Golf Ball Marker

Land Shark Golf Ball Marker
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We’ve heard of alligators and snakes popping up on golf courses, but this is the first time we’ve come across a land shark. This stainless steel ball marker from artist Nikki Heikkinen pokes its fin out of the grass instead of the water, protecting your spot on the green from other players who might mess up your next shot.

Kuk Design Desktop Organizer

Kuk Design Desktop Organizer
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Keep your desk clutter under control with this tower-style MDF wood organizer from Kuk Design. It has two upright slots for storing notebooks or a tablet, four small shelves for accessories, and a lower cubby that’s perfect for A4 or Letter-size papers. They also make a version for storing lots of pens or markers.

Turning a Metal Rod Into a Centipede

Turning a Metal Rod Into a Centipede

The YouTube channel for Mr Custom Crafts is loaded with unique works of art created from metal. In this video, they show how they turned a metal rod and nails into the immensely creepy and crawly scolopendra gigantea, aka the largest centipede in the world. If you enjoyed watching that, check out the scorpion they made.

World’s Largest Hexagonal Domino Structure

World’s Largest Hexagonal Domino Structure

Domino expert Lily Hevesh spent more than 50 days painstakingly assembling this eyecatching structure out of interlocking hexagons. With its densely-packed dominoes, the colorful geometric sculpture all came crashing down in a matter of just 5 seconds – with a bit of a nail-biter before the big collapse.

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Throwboy Woven Mac Throw Blankets

Throwboy Woven Mac Throw Blankets
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Geeky pillow maker Throwboy teamed up with the Mineola Knitting Company to create a colorful series of throw blankets inspired by classic Apple Macintosh imagery. The 50″ X 60″ throws are woven from recycled cotton and polyester, and feature images of the MacOS startup face, the iMac G3, and the 5th-gen iPod.

Photorealistic CG Train Station

Photorealistic CG Train Station

Artist Lorenzo Drago created this life-like environment using Unreal Engine 5 and Lumen for the lighting. The location is based on Etchū-Daimon Station and is a dead ringer for the real deal. In order to capture the greatest detail, he rendered it at 7fps then sped it up, but it can be rendered in real time with less detail.

Kotobukiya Boba Fett Figure w/ Prototype Armor

Kotobukiya Boba Fett Figure w/ Prototype Armor

This limited-edition ARTFX+ figure features Boba Fett decked out in his prototype white armor originally seen in a 1978 screen test. The 7.5″ tall statue is a beautifully detailed sculpt with a flowing fabric cape, and a miniature EE-3 carbine rifle. The figure will debut at Star Wars Celebration 2022 and at select vendors after the show.

Ohm’s Quest Escape Room Puzzle

Ohm’s Quest Escape Room Puzzle

Love to solve escape room puzzles? Ohm’s Quest is basically an escape room in a cube. It packs buttons, lights, wire jacks, an accelerometer, an RFID sensor, and a speaker to guide players through an interactive puzzle-solving experience. It comes with three games, and new games will be available via a subscription.

Connecting to the Internet in the 1990s

Connecting to the Internet in the 1990s

These days, we’re used to whipping our phones out and connecting instantly to the internet. But back in the 1990s, it was a much slower task. Gough Lui dusted off an old PC running Windows 98 to walk us slowly down memory lane to surf the web using a 31.2k baud dial-up modem and some vintage web browsers.

Grouper Titanium Utility Knife

Grouper Titanium Utility Knife
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This unique folding knife might be called the Grouper, but it looks like a chameleon sitting on a branch to us. It opens and closes using ball-bearing pivots, and its titanium frame has smooth, chamfered edges. In addition to its replaceable utility blade, it has a built-in carabiner clip and a glass breaker point.

Zoom Pants Filter

Zoom Pants Filter

Attending Zoom calls without pants is a common occurrence. It’s fine if you stay put, but you run the risk of exposure if you move around. Fletcher at Everything Is Hacked has the solution. He used OpenCV, MediaPipe, and pyvirtualcam to create a video filter that adds pants or blurs your naughty bits if you’re letting it all hang out.

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Nitecore TIP SE 700 Flashlight

Nitecore TIP SE 700 Flashlight
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Nitecore’s upgraded TIP keychain flashlight has a second OSRAM P8 LED, pushing it to a max 700 lumens of output, and an illumination distance up to 100 yards. It still weighs less than an ounce and offers up to 50 hours of run-time per charge on its lower settings. Available in black or grey.

Sloping Ski Glasses

Sloping Ski Glasses
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Schuss down the slopes every time you take a sip from these playful glass tumblers. Each of the four sloped glasses is decorated with a skier at a different spot on the mountain, so everyone’s glass is a little different. There’s also a version for bike riders.

Helinox Tactical Field Office

Helinox Tactical Field Office
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Part of the Helinox Tactical Collection, this lightweight system lets you set up a desk wherever your travels take you. Weighing under 5 pounds, the structure assembles to provide a small, but sturdy work surface, along with a MOLLE-compatible 15-liter cargo bag. Available in Black, Coyote Tan, and Military Olive.

Squaring a Circle

Squaring a Circle

At first glance, this object looks like a square, but with a quick rotation it transforms into a circle. Physicsfun shows off this intriguing optical illusion created by Matt Enlow. When viewed from the side, you can see it’s actually madeup of four identical parabola segments. A 3D print of the model is available from Shapeways.

T1 Tomahawk Digital Tape Measure

T1 Tomahawk Digital Tape Measure

We’re geeking out over Reekon’s pro measuring gadget: a tape measure with a digital readout and laser alignment for precise measurements. Its OLED display shows the current measurement in real-time, while an E-ink screen in its handle shows the last few at a glance. Data is also synced to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

Baking a Water Cake

Baking a Water Cake

Slow-motion photographer wmhejiu shows us how to make a no-bake cake using a plate filled with water, a jumbo steel washer, and a high-speed camera. It’s too bad he couldn’t take a bite out of it in the fraction of a second that the cake-shaped splash existed.

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