While it’s not the Half-Life 3 game we were hoping for, we’re still happy that Valve has revealed a new game in the classic franchise. Half-Life: Alyx is designed to be far more immersive than the prior games as it plays out entirely in virtual reality. Requires a SteamVR compatible headset, and drops March 2020.
We’ve pulled our share of all-nighters over the years, but have drawn the line somewhere around 36 hours without sleep. But the What If channel explores what life might be like if sleep weren’t a necessity for our brains and bodies. It turns out having all that extra time would have sweeping implications, both good and bad.
Woodworker Paul Jackman of Jackman Works acknowledges that pencils aren’t necessarily a popular way to communicate these days, but that didn’t stop him from making 1000 handmade pencils out of recycled pallet wood. It’s a time-consuming and repetitive task, but both the process and the end result are pretty nifty.
If you live somewhere that snow coats roads in the wintertime, you’ll want to check out Engineering Explained’s latest clip, as Jason walks us through the variables at work when driving on slippery surfaces, and provides some tips on how to maintain control on the snow.
This cheap and tiny handheld gaming system comes packed with 268 retro games. The titles are from the 8-bit Nintendo era, and while some appear to be based on legitimate game ROMs, others are clearly homebrews and obscure titles. Still, for just 16 bucks, it’s a fun little stocking stuffer.
These modular baltic birch wood panels add a touch of art to any wall, but can also be functional, with variants that include a floating laptop desk, hanging planters, and liquor cabinets. Choose your features, then fill in as much space as you want with decorative panels.
We already know that the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 team is crazy fast at pit stops. But they recently were challenged to slow down and take their time. The big difference? They, their tools, wheels, and the car itself were all floating weightless in an Ilyushin Il-76 MDK cosmonaut training plane, 33,000 feet above earth.
D4bgs versatile bag has space for all your everyday items like a phone, cables, pens/pencils, pocket tools, and more. It’s made from a mix of sturdy Cordura fabrics with a nylon lining, and has a padded sleeve inside, and Molle webbing on front. It can be worn over the shoulder, around the waist, or strapped to a bike frame.
Designed for photographers, but useful for just about everyone, Smallrig’s pocket tool packs in seven drivers, including flat, phillips, allen wrenches and Torx T25 drivers. The frequently-used flat blade retracts from its center, while the other blades flip out like a pocket knife. It also has threaded holes for storing screws.
John Cooper Works massaged the MINI Cooper into its most bonkers variation yet, a 2.0L turbo 306 hp little monster that goes 0 to 60 in 5 seconds, and tops out at 165 mph, all while handling like an oversized go kart. It’s got a giant roof spoiler, upgraded cooling, a lowered suspension, brakes, lightweight wheels and more.
Next time you’re throwing a party, kick out the biggest and best audio with JBL’s oversize Bluetooth sound system. It cranks out a massive wall of sound via its two 6.5″ woofers and three 2.25″ tweeters, and can run for up to 18 hours on battery. It’s also got mic and guitar inputs, and you can pair two together for true wireless stereo.
If you’ve ever been in a NERF war, you know it can be a pain to pick up the ammo lying all over the ground. Out of Darts shows us how a tool designed for picking up acorns does the trick brilliantly – especially when it comes to those NERF Rival balls. And it handily beats NERF’s own picker-upper.
When it comes to sports cars, MORE is always a possibility, so Hyundai’s N performance division took their awesome little hot hatch known as the Veloster N and moved the engine and drivetrain behind the seats, and gave it 390hp, and tricked it out for the track. Can you imagine if they decided to produce this thing?
Using cleaned up footage and Harmy’s Despecialized Editions, The ReDiscovered Future reconstructed the original trailers for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, complete with narration by Harrison Ford. Return of the Jedi could benefit from the same treatment.
This aluminum and zinc alloy keychain or belt-worn tool lets you carry up to six hex bits. Its interior compartment is waterproof, and its magnetic tip securely holds a bit for driving. You can also adjust its dividers to hold other items like pills, toothpicks, or emergency cash.
Heavensake sake is a Franco-Japanese marriage made in heaven. Award-winning sparkling wine maker Régis Camus teamed with Japanese brew-masters to artfully blend sake for Western palates with three elegant expressions: Junmai Daiginjo, Junmai Ginjo, and Junmai 12. Like delicious revenge, they’re best served cold.
Whether you roast or fry, there are lots of different ways to prepare your Thanksgiving bird. The guys at BOSSlaser like to make their turkey from wood. It’s not as tender or tasty that way, but we’re sure it’s got lots of fiber. Have access to a laser cutter? Grab the design file from MAKE CNC.
Mad inventor Colin Furze was asked by game maker Blizzard to replicate the Rip-Tire, a spinning weapon featured in Overwatch. His first version was entertaining, but not nearly as deadly as the one in the game. So with the help of a 600cc motorcycle engine, he built another version that is far more dangerous.
This little gadget from Amazon fills in a gap in your living room or home theater system. It works in concert with your Fire TV or Echo to enable voice remote control for your infrared-enabled entertainment equipment like TVs, satellite boxes, and audio receivers. Device compatibility explained here. Available 12/11/19.
DJI’s latest drone is simply tiny. It weighs about as much as a smartphone, is small enough to stash in a pocket, a backpack, or purse, but packs plenty of capability. It’s got a 3-axis gimbal, 2.7k video, and can fly up to 30 minutes using DJI’s smartphone app and remote controller. For more fly time and accessories, grab the Fly More combo.
Most of the time you see a laptop being used with a second screen, it’s placed off to the side. But DIY Perks decided to build himself a computer that has a pair of stacked screens instead. The folding top screen is also at a better working height for your neck and shoulders, so it has ergonomic benefits too.
Dodge celebrates 50 years of muscle car goodness with this limited-edition Challenger package, which offers goodies like a body-colored Shaker hood scoop, 50th anniversary badging, Nappa leather and Alcantara seats, copper weave carbon fiber trim, and more. Check out our coverage on 95octane for all the details.
Roark’s handsome and unique drink flask features a stainless steel body, wrapped in authentic Harris Tweed. The famed Scottish wool textile feels great in the hand and looks great with its rich weave of fall colors. Each end is wrapped in stitched leather, and it features an official Harris Tweed label on back.
This easy to install kit lets you convert any interior wood door into a cat door. Simply follow the template to cut off the corner of your door, install the patented locking hinge, and kitty can come and go when you allow access. Available for right- or left-opening doors.
During the opening ceremony for China’s 2019 Nanchang Flight Convention, a veritable army of 800 illuminated drones took to the sky, arranging themselves to conjure images of a propeller plane, a jumbo jet, and a fighter jet, among other images to kick off the air show.