Every Rolls-Royce is, in fact, custom, but Justin Bieber’s “floating” Rolls takes customizing to the extreme. West Coast Customs turned Bieber’s 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith into a nod to Rolls’ 103EX Vision 100 concept car, adding a custom audio system in the trunk to compliment the reimagined interior. Flashy? Yep. Classy? Jury’s out.
The UN Environment Programme introduces us to Nzambi Matee, a materials engineer based in Kenya, whose business Gjenge Makers creates low-cost construction materials. By heating and compressing waste plastic and sand, they form durable blocks which weigh half that of traditional clay bricks.
Epic Games is showing off an amazing computer graphics tool that connects to the cloud to create synthetic humans in minutes, rather than days or weeks. The models it creates are incredibly detailed and realistic and can be immediately exported for use in Unreal Engine. Check out two sample MetaHumans here.
This controller’s mix of programmable buttons, a D-pad, knobs, and a smooth-turning scroll wheel complements your mouse, trackpad, or tablet in creative workflows. It works with Mac and Windows apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Final Cut, Premiere, and more. Save another $10 with code CREATE10.
Invented in the 1950s, but rarely seen, the Cristal Baschet is a musical instrument that produces sounds by stroking a series of glass rods attached to metal rods. The ethereal sounds it produces are the perfect complement to Hans Zimmer’s theme from Interstellar, performed here by Marc Chouarain at SFL Studio Féerique.
Puzzle Master’s metal plaything offers a Level 9 challenge for serious puzzle fiends. It’s made from 12 identical interlocking pieces that are painfully difficult to take apart and put back together. Despite having four fewer pieces, their similar Lattice puzzle is rated a Level 10 difficulty.
As we’ve seen before, Peter Brown is a fan of making things out of resin. He recently had a dream about making a resin drill bit and decided to see if he could create that and some other tools and hardware out of clear epoxy resin. They might look cool, but they’re not exactly practical.
Created by Brendan Becker aka Inverse Phase in 2012, Pretty Eight Machine is an awesome tribute to the music of Nine Inch Nails, performed on 8-bit gaming and computer sound chips. Now, you can pre-order it as a vinyl double album. The set includes 13 tracks from the SE release, and will be pressed on splatter art discs.
Xeric’s follow-up to their Soloscope SQ watch has numerous upgrades. Its hour and minute indicators are easier to read, while the left side serves as an AM/PM indicator and secondary hour display. SuperLuminova markers glow brilliantly in the dark. Available in 10 color combos, each with a Horween leather strap.
Eshan Denipitiya celebrates his love for the music of Queen with a virtuosic medley of tunes performed on a Yamaha grand piano. Watch and listen as his fingers fly across the ivories with classical arrangements of We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, and We Are the Champions.
Malboro & Kane has updated their tiny Claw keychain multitool. Made from Grade 5 titanium and measuring less than 2″ long, the tool can open bottles and can lids, cut through packing tape, pull staples, and turn screws. It also has 1/4″ and 1/6″ hex drivers built into its handle this time.
Less is not more when it comes to sending Valentine’s Day love. Go big with See’s Candies’ biggest-ever heart box selection. Celebrating the legendary California chocolatier’s 100th anniversary, the huge Elegant Heart is filled with three pounds of the best milk, dark and white chocolates, and ridiculously mouth-watering truffles.
A normal pool ball is made from polyester or phenolic resin, which makes them hard and durable. But the idea of playing billiards with metal balls intrigues us. My Mechanics rises to the challenge with this impressive stainless steel and brass 8-ball he made from scratch. We’d love to see a complete set of balls made this way.
For its 100th anniversary, the Indian Motorcycle 2022 Chief has undergone a headlight-to-tailpipe redesign, blending old and new in six models with the powerful 116 cubic-inch Thunderstroke 111 motor. It’s a true road warrior, producing 108 ft-lb. of torque in all six gears, and aesthetics as only Indian can deliver.
Animator Trent Shy created this duo of excellent stop-motion claymations which capture the personas of colorful pop culture characters. The first clip catalogs blue characters from Stitch to Cookie Monster, while the second animation showcases green guys like Slimer, Gumby, and Pickle Rick.
Get your daily dose of engineering porn with this video from Uwe Krumm GmbH. The company makes precision tooling for manufacturing, including the press brake tools shown here. It’s a hypnotic and satisfying 6-minute sequence of sheet metal being bent into complex shapes through the simple application of force.
This see-through bookshelf shows off your library rather than hiding it. It’s made from 3/8″ clear acrylic sheets and has five cubbies that keep books from falling over without the need for bookends. It’s great for showing off your collectibles, too. Measures 51.5″ w x 10.5″ h x 10″ d, and holds up to 75 lb.
Matty Benedetto is known for making Unnecessary Inventions. Here, he shows off an idea that we actually would consider buying – a coat hook that dispenses a shot of your favorite booze when you come home and hang up your coat. We’re hoping this one turns up in his shop.
Keep your cards and cash secure in this high tech wallet. It not only features Bluetooth-based tracking to alert your phone if it leaves your location, its fingerprint sensor ensures nobody but you or someone you authorize can open it and access its contents. Save 32% in The Awesomer Shop.
If fidgeting on your keyboard isn’t enough to keep your fingers and brain busy, the guys at Everyday Carry have got you covered with 12 picks for some of the best fidget toys you can buy. Rather than run-of-the-mill spinners, they’ve got gyroscopes, beads, balisongs, cubes, and other tactile objects to keep you occupied.
A miniature take on bolt-action tactical pens, the TACRAY Mini Pen measures just 3.5″ long. It’s made from tough grade 5 titanium, and its grenade-inspired body provides a confident gripping texture. Perfect for a keychain, pendant, or hanging from a zipper pull.
The Hamster Miniature Studio 2 aka HMS2 specializes in making really tiny objects. In this video, they decided to build a tiny pair of eyeglasses. They have see-through lenses, and are hinged so they can fold. If our action figures ever have a vision problem, we know where to turn.
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