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Game Burger Advance

Game Burger Advance

Would you like fries with that? Master of retro-style gadgets Love Hultén shares one of his more whimsical creations – a handheld game system that looks like a cheeseburger. Unlike most of his creations, he shared a making-of video this time around.

LEGO Pixel Displays

LEGO Pixel Displays

LEGO builder D FB shows off an amazing contraption which uses LEGO bricks to flip pixels on a display. There’s a motorized scroller version, and a hand-cranked one. Learn about how it works on the Eurobricks forum.

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Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

For a DARPA tech demo, CMU National Robotics Engineering Center developed wheels which can transform back and forth between round and triangular shapes instantly, with tank-like grip on soft surfaces in track mode, and a more conventional ride in wheel mode.

Becoming

Becoming

Filmmaker Jan van Ijken captured this amazing microscopic scale time-lapse footage of the development of an amphibious alpine newt. Watch in awe as it grows from a single cell to a complete organism in just 6 minutes. More here.

Roman Booteen Engravings

Roman Booteen Engravings

Artist Roman Booteen creates incredible hand-carved coins and Zippo lighters, featuring intricate designs. His most impressive works are the multi-layered coins, featuring mechanical movements which reveal new images. Note some images contain nudity.

Insanely Long Toy Car Track

Insanely Long Toy Car Track

A few years back, Trackapalooza built what is likely the longest Hot Wheels Sizzlers track ever. Measuring in at 1969 feet long, we’re amazed that the cars had enough power to make it all the way around the fat track. Time-lapse build videos here and here.

Foam Fire Suppression Test

Foam Fire Suppression Test

Just because you have a fancy fire suppression system in place doesn’t mean it will work when you need it. To ensure their system is fully functional, the Fort Indiantown Gap Army Reserve switched on the extinguisher system in their helicopter maintenance facility.

Ferrofluid Magnetic Display

Ferrofluid Magnetic Display

Bob Products makes these large-scale professional displays which use electromagnets to play with the strange and unusual properties of ferrofluid. The systems can be programmed to manipulate the magnets and fluid while displaying lighting and sound effects.

Turning Arrows

Turning Arrows

“This skill is quite easy to do…” yeah, riiiight. Archer Lars Andersen demonstrates techniques which allow him to shoot arrows around objects and people, over walls, and even ones that turn like a boomerang. And here we thought shooting in a straight line was tricky.

Giant R/C Tank

Giant R/C Tank

RCSparks Studio shows off an epic build – a 1/6th scale, all-metal remote-controlled tank from Armortek. The Ferdinand Elefant weighs in at 240 pounds, has dual 24-volt motors, working tracks and realistic sound effects. In total, this monster cost about $6500.

Laser Engraving a Disc

Laser Engraving a Disc

Hypnotic and wonderfully-satisfying footage of a high-speed laser engraver rapidly etching an intricate geometric pattern into a metal disc. Z-Tech Lasers‘ video wasn’t sped up either, and was shot in real time.

Soyuz Rocket Time-lapse

Soyuz Rocket Time-lapse

The European Space Agency shared this stunning time-lapse footage captured from the vantage point of the International Space Station, as astronaut Alexander Gerst watched a Russian Soyuz rocket take flight and head towards the ISS with fresh supplies.

The Egg Machine

The Egg Machine

There’s something immensely satisfying about this video of the SANOVO OptiBreaker, a specialized assembly line machine which ingests over 200,000 eggs hourly, gently cracks each one, then separates the whites from the yolks. It also can wash itself automatically.

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Makeup Magician

Makeup Magician

Makeup artist Flower Fiore creates impressive works of cosmetic art, revealing a second persona hiding on half of her face. The other visage becomes whole when she combines it with a smartphone photo.

The Light Shelf

The Light Shelf
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ilsangisang’s clever lamp features a design that makes it look like it’s always turned on. It sits at the intersection of your desk and a wall, providing a mock beam of light that doubles as a display for small objects. It also really does light up. Measures about 15.5″ tall.

See-through Eel

See-through Eel

At first glance, this might look like a sheet of discarded plastic floating around the ocean, but what you’re looking at is a Leptocephalus, a young eel that is transparent when in its larval stage. The footage was captured by HRF Underwater Productions off the coast of Bali.

Landing the Largest Airplane

Landing the Largest Airplane

A look at the ginormous Antonov An-225 Mriya jumbo jet as it came in for a landing at Oakland International Airport. Apparently, the massive airplane was hired by the US Government to pick up typhoon relief supplies bound for Guam, and had to stop to refuel on its way from Kiev.

Building the LEGO Chiron

Building the LEGO Chiron

We recently got a look at the amazing life-size LEGO Technic replica of the Bugatti Chiron. Now go behind the scenes with the design and build team to see how this incredible vehicle came to life. We just want to make everything out of those flexible blue panels now.

Full-size LEGO Bugatti Chiron

Full-size LEGO Bugatti Chiron

A real Bugatti Chiron will set you back $2.5 million, but this one cost just 1,000,000 bricks… and 2,304 LEGO Power Function motors… and 4,032 Technic gears. This 3,300 lb Chiron makes just 5.3 hp with a top speed of 12.4 mph and is every bit as awesome as the real deal.

Nail Dispensing Hammer

Nail Dispensing Hammer

Michael David Young’s patent-pending framing hammer can be loaded with sets of collated framing nails, which it can eject one at a time when you press a button on the side. It has a safety lock so that the hammer can be used like a traditional one.

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LEGO 3D Dizzy Theme Park Ride

LEGO 3D Dizzy Theme Park Ride

LEGO Technics expert builder Shadow Elenter adds another ride to his miniature theme park. His latest build is a dizzying thrill ride which would make even the most iron-stomached Minifig lose its LEGO lunch. Be sure to stick around for a little bonus at 3:13.

Making a Giant Utility Knife

Making a Giant Utility Knife

For his latest build, Jackman Works created a jumbo-sized, hand-carved wood replica of a utility knife. It’s fully-functional, and just the right size for opening Paul Bunyon’s Amazon packages. He got the inspiration for the giant knife blade from fellow builder Jimmy DiResta.

Sparrow Mart Felt Supermarket

Sparrow Mart Felt Supermarket

Artist Lucy Sparrow specializes in crafting felt sculptures. Her largest installation is Sparrow Mart, a “supermarket” in The Standard, Los Angeles that features 31,000 hand-sewn and hand-painted felt replicas of grocery items. It took her and her team a year to make.

Adam Savage Kit-bashes a Robot

Adam Savage Kit-bashes a Robot

Tested’s Adam Savage has built some incredibly complex projects, but here he returns to his model-making roots, and shows us how to make a completely unique robot sculpture using parts cobbled together parts from Weta Workshop’s Giant Killer Robots board game.

Making the BelugaXL

Making the BelugaXL

Aircraft maker Airbus presents video footage of its funky looking A330-based jumbo jet as the first plane makes its way through the factory. The BelugaXL’s unusual shape is designed to provide cargo capacity for large airplane parts like wings. Watch it take flight here.

’80s Video Game Commercials

’80s Video Game Commercials

Video game nerds, sit back, relax, and enjoy Dave Freeman’s hour-long commercial break featuring dozens of TV ads for classic games from Pac-Man to Space Invaders from the Atari 2600 to the Intellivision. The Toys ‘R’ Us music almost made us cry.

Disney Stunt Robots

Disney Stunt Robots

Disney Imagineering has been developing robots that could possibly be used to perform stunt work in theme park live shows. Their so-called “Stuntronics” are humanoid robots with impressive acrobatic skills, such as the ability to flip and nail a perfect landing every time.

Adam Savage’s Mega NERF Blaster

Adam Savage’s Mega NERF Blaster

We’ve seen some awfully impressive NERF weapons over the years, now Adam Savage throws his hat into the ring with an impressive one-day build of a NERF Rival Nemesis that has a removable see-through magazine to expand its capacity to 1,000 rounds per load.

NERF Spellcaster Hack

NERF Spellcaster Hack

Cosplayer and steampunk gadget maker Frisk P shows off an awesome NERF blaster hack. By adding a spinning Phantom LED wand that pops out of its front, the gadget casts a Doctor Strange-like holographic spell in mid-air using a persistence of vision illusion.

Cardboard “Stargate”

Cardboard “Stargate”

To prove just how versatile cardboard can be, Houston-based Victory Packaging turned up to a tradeshow with a 16-foot-tall gear-driven sculpture reminiscent of the space travel portals from Stargate. This isn’t the only time they built something awesome with cardboard.

Going Off the Rails

Going Off the Rails

Rails? We don’t need no stinkin’ rails! That’s what this little toy train is clearly thinking as it somehow manages to continue its journey even when the tracks come to a sudden end. Thanks for the nudge, Mr. Wall!

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