The Nintendo Switch is a great gaming system, but Nintendo’s dock isn’t exactly easy to travel with. The Switchblade Hub attaches directly to your Switch, adding Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless headphones, an HDMI output, and a kickstand that you can carry with you. It also adds extra USB-A and USB-C ports, and two hidden SD card slots.
The Zen Work Pod provides a modern space that’s perfect for getting away from the kids while you work. It’s made from wood, aluminum, and tempered glass, and comes with built-in shelving, a SmartDesk 2, and a Kinn Chair. Assembly takes about 3 days. MSRP is $15k, but if register your interest now you could get a big discount.
Rival Collective’s compact sling style bag organizes your everyday items like phones, wallets, tools, tech accessories, and more. It features a technical look that resembles a carbon fiber weave, and an anti-theft design with a sturdy PVD steel buckle. A spring-loaded carabiner clip provides quick access to keys.
“Weird Al” Yankovic has already done a great send-up of the musical juggernaut Hamilton with “The Hamilton Polka.” As good as that is, we also love The Weird Alphabet’s parody, which is more of a prototypical novelty song, changing the lyrics to tell the origin story of the man behind “Another One Rides the Bus.”
Nextool’s perfectly-sized flashlight kicks out up to 2,000 lumens of brightness, visible from up to 380 meters (~1246 feet) away. It’s got an IPX7 waterproof aluminum body, and a 5000mAh rechargeable battery that’s charged via a USB-C port. Special pre-order price available from Drop through 8.9.2020.
We prefer the title “What MIGHT Aliens Look Like?” for Kurgezagt’s video, in which they explore the possibilities of alien life forms, and attempt to explain how they might appear, using something called The Kardashev Scale, which estimates a civilization’s potential for technology based on the availability of energy.
Electronics hobbyist splat238 shows off an awesome mask they built with 104 RGB LEDs layered in front of the fabric, and behind a mesh structure. Working with a Wemos D1 Mini and an Arduino-compatible controller, it’s able to display more than 40 different lighting effects. Check out the full build details on Instructables.
Elephant’s playing card tech-decks feature custom illustrated fronts and backs inspired by the intricate traces on printed circuit boards. They come in blue, green, white, or our favorite, a premium edition with two-tone foil on its box, and gold and silver metallic inks.
After amping up their Barbie Power Wheels Mustang, the guys from Grind Hard Plumbing Co. have built another go-kart on steroids. This time, they made a crazy off-roader based on the Power Wheels Jeep Hurricane, powered by a 100hp KTM motorcycle engine, with 4WD, and an off-road suspension. Dyno footage here.
Yeti’s durable Rambler mug is even better in this jumbo 24 oz. size. It has double-wall vacuum insulation, a puncture- and rust-resistant stainless steel body and handle, and is dishwasher-safe. It’s a great mug for everyday use and outdoor adventures. You can get one with custom-engraved artwork on Amazon for $20 more.
David Chanishvili is a dancer with the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet. In order to perform their mix of folk dance, classical ballet, and modern dance, he and his fellow company members must possess incredible coordination, athleticism, and strength. Great Big Story offers a brief glimpse into their talents.
Make the ceiling of your home theater, car, or other space look like a dark night sky with one of these twinkly fiber optic light kits from AMKI. They come in sizes from 400 to 835 points of light, each along with a bright 32-watt LED RGB/W light engine. You’ll need a drop ceiling or a false headliner to poke the fibers through.
Jared Owen always does a great job explaining how things work by creating 3D animations of their inner workings. This time, he walks us through the caterpillar-tracked M1A2 Abrams tank, which weighs in at an incredible 68 tons, and can cross just about any terrain. We had no idea these things were powered by jet fuel.
Written by retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, this book is packed with illustrated tips and solutions for taking control in dangerous situations, including self defense, escape, and evasion techniques. The tips include low-tech/no-tech methods to help you improvise when things go South. Be sure to check out the Survival Edition as well.
The cheery Ballo Stool by Humanscale combines functional design with the playfulness of an exercise ball. An ideal task seat, it comfortably tilts with your movements thanks to two pliable air-filled domes on an innovative center column. It can help correct posture and alleviate back pain by naturally aligning the spine.
Ever wondered what it would be like inside of a car tire as it rolled down the road? We now have the answer, thanks to Warped Perception, who mounted a GoPro and lights inside a wheel before mounting a tire on it. Since the camera can’t see the outside world, all we see is the rubber deforming as it rolls over bumps.
Designed for professional first responders, but a great tool in any emergency bag, Leatherman’s shears make quick work of gauze, tape, and seatbelts, and can also cut off a ring, break glass, or operate an oxygen tank’s valve. Made from durable stainless steel and glass-filled nylon.
Colin Furze has made so much insane stuff over the years, we’ve lost count. His latest build is a lawnmower that’s powered by wood. It converts the vapors produced by burning timber into fuel for a regular engine through a process called gasification. It’s impractical and over-engineered, but that’s why we love Colin.
Based on the writings of the legendary Bruce Lee, Warrior follows a Chinese martial arts prodigy in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the brutal 19th century Tong Wars between rival crime families. The 10-episode second season kicks off with new season regular Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump Street”) 10.2020 on Cinemax.
These days, most content is streamed or played on Blu-ray discs. But there was a time when videotapes were the media of choice. Mental Floss takes a trip in the wayback machine to tell the story of VCRs, the epic war between Betamax and VHS, and how the technologies changed everything for visual entertainment.
Occasionally we ask ourselves if we’ve posted too much from Pomplamoose, but then can you really have too much of a good thing? Crank up your headphones and enjoy a mid-day serenade from Nataly Dawn and company as they absolutely crush a cover of the Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas track Instant Crush.
Featuring the same twin-turbo engine as the first Veloster N, there’s now an optional 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission in addition to the 6-speed manual. Hyundai’s hot hatch now includes as standard the 275hp Performance Package, lightweight sport seats, and a bunch of new safety and driver assistance tech.
Only like the marshmallows from Lucky Charms? Well you could buy a bag without the oat bits, or you could do what these guys from Google did, and build a machine that separates them for you. The Teachable Sorter can actually be used to recognize and sort other objects, and you can get the code, 3D files, and build details here.
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