Here in the US, our streets are filled with SUVs, pickups, and other larger than necessary vehicles. In many places around the globe, subcompacts and scooters are the norm. Here’s a POV look at the insanity of weaving through traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam on a Honda scooter.
This incredible handmade musical monster has a body sculpted to look just like Godzilla, complete with a pointy spine, scaly skin, sharpened teeth and claws, and purple LED lighting to show it all off. If The Awesomer was a heavy metal band, all of our instruments would be based on Kaiju.
This short film from a group of Supinfocom animation students packs an emotional wallop. It follows a boy who tries to fit in with a group after he discovers “stains” on his body that he thinks they have in common. But it turns out their marks come from a much darker place than he thought.
Korg’s portable drum machine is packed with 60 patterns and 120 fills, and has 16 Velocity-sensitive performance pads for editing your own patterns. It can run on AA batteries or AC power, has a built-in 2-watt speaker for practice sessions, and a 1/8″ stereo output and footswitch inputs for live performances.
Ever need to cool down drinks for guests in a hurry? The InnoChiller is a cooling accelerator that can take a six-pack from room temp to chilled in just 12 minutes. Its high-speed fan and wind tunnel work in concert with your freezer or refrigerator to speed up cooling. It has various program lengths for different drink containers.
Lewis Wake has taken a variety of clips from movies, and swapped out the music with other songs that play at a similar number of beats per minute. Some of our favorites are Back to the Future with Beastie Boys, Napoleon Dynamite’s dance with Cher, and Blues Brothers with Kaiser Chiefs.
Researchers from Keio University in Japan have devised a wearable mechanical device that gives humans a moving, vertebrate tail. While it might look ridiculous, the air-powered appendage can be used to improve balance, much in the way that animals use their tails.
Improve the way you pack and unpack with these compression packing cubes. With their super stretchy mesh tops, they let you pack an incredible amount in a small space. The set includes small, medium, and large sizes, and is 48% off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.
We’re not usually fans of reboots, but the idea of The Addams Family as an animated movie actually seems like a good fit, especially with a voice cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, and Allison Janney. Here’s hoping the jokes can keep up with the actors.
Deepfakes can be used for harm, but they can also make us laugh our asses off. This clip from Dr. Fakenstein falls into the latter category, as he used the AI tech to swap the mustachioed face of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) onto every character in the opening credits of Full House.
Topeak’s versatile multi-tool is like a Swiss Army knife for bicyclists. It includes 25 useful functions, including a variety of wrenches, hex keys, and screwdrivers, as well as specialized tools for spokes, valves, tires, and chains. It also packs a knife and a bottle opener.
Jackman Works loves to make things by recycling old wooden shipping pallets. In this video, he takes a bunch of the beat up old wood, slices it into sheets, laminates them, and trims them into some sweet looking, street-style skateboards. It’s interesting to see how he shapes the wood with the vacuum bag.
vsual. offers this series of abstract prints, each of which features a timeline of color throughout a visually notable film. Choose from horizontal line, concentric circle, or varying width line designs, and movies like 28 Days Later, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and 12 Angry Men. The ones based on animated films are particularly vibrant.
The seasons will soon be changing, so let’s stop for a sec and check out this gorgeous time-lapse of Denali National Park that photographer Taylor Gray put together. Spot wildlife, weather the storm and enjoy the northern lights swirling across the sky, all from the (dis)comfort of your office chair.
Hazard4’s military-style backpack is perfect for carrying all your photo gear. It’s got room for up to a 16″ laptop, has padded, adjustable organizers for a camera and lenses, and accessory pouches. It smooth outer shell won’t flap while riding a motorcycle, and has mounting points for tie-downs and other add-ons.
Artist Mike Pelletier’s experimental short film is an incredibly trippy visual created by tossing together a bunch of digital human models, removing their skeletal structures, and then dipping them in virtual paint. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. We can’t help but think of the part of Terminator 2 where the T-1000 melts.
There are lots of reusable metal straws on the market, but if you’re looking for a different way to be green with your drinks, check this out. Now you can sip through a straw made from carbon fiber – the same material used to make sports cars and fighter jets. Each one is sealed with food-safe coating, and is BPA-free.
You can now own a soft and squishy replica of the face of the killer computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, thanks to Master Replicas. When you squeeze him, HAL’s eyeball lights up, and he says one of 12 phrases, including “I really like you Dave. I know you would never plan to disconnect me.” Drops 11/2019.
Like a real harmonica, Lekholm’s musical tech senses its player’s breathing both in and out, but it outputs those modulations as MIDI signals for controlling synthesizers. The example performance is Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to, using a Yamaha VL70-m acoustic sound module.
Toymaker Super7 presents a series of retro-style action figures inspired by major league baseball players, including greats like Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Joe Dimaggio, Yogi Berra, and more. They even have the oddball Phillie Phanatic. Here’s hoping for more players and mascots in future.
Avast ye, and shiver me timbers! Musician Peter Bence is back with another rousing grand piano cover, this time taking on the familiar theme music from Pirates of the Caribbean, composed by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt. This guy can tickle our ivories any day.
A versatile compact tool for your belt loop or keychain. It packs 4 to 7mm and 5/16″ wrenches, 1/4″ driver, a bottle opener, pry tool, screwdriver, and scoring clip. The XL version gains extra wrench sizes, a ruler, and a nail popper, while the mini version is, well, mini. Available in brass, copper, titanium, and stainless steel.
Sennheiser’s premium wireless headset packs all the style and substance you could ask for in a highly portable design. With immaculate wireless hi-fi sound thanks to Bluetooth 4.2 and Qualcomm apt-X, and a high-quality ergonomic design, you can revel in an outstanding listening experience all day.
The perfect gift for music lovers of all types. Each of its cards features an image of a famous musician by artist Rik Lee. Pop = Hearts; Rock ‘n’ Roll = Spades; Folk & Country = Diamonds; Soul, Blues & R&B = Clubs. There’s also a version for art lovers by Rebecca Clarke.
Every month, our friends at Everyday Carry tally up the the most clicked-on gear and gadgets submitted by its readers. This particular collection includes some sweet pocket knives, a slim recycled wallet, and a couple of nifty multi-tools, most notably the unique SOG Sync II.