Art by Rens says what we’re looking at is a real-time render of an environment that was produced using the Unreal Engine and Nvidia’s VXGI lighting system and off-the shelf graphics cards. It’s so realistic that you’ll question its veracity. But this reality is 100% digital.
LEGO Technic builder Attika created this awesome open-frame 4-wheel drive, Android-controlled car tuned for mad drifting action. It’s got a working drivetrain, brakes, lights, and looks like a blast at to speed. Action footage at 3:30, and lots of build images on Flickr.
Josh and Josh of FliteTest check out an incredible build from fans at Flite Fest West ’17 – a gigantic version of their Super Bee plane, packing 10 engines. It took some trial and error, but the behemoth eventually got airborne. The plane takes flight at 3:09.
Every time we think we’re done with the fidget spinner fad, somebody comes along and amps these silly playthings up to the next level. The Backyard Scientist decided that he couldn’t spin his fast enough, so he added a propulsion system, and upping the danger factor by 100x.
A truly unique way to hang a chandelier from your ceiling – Young & Battaglia’s pendant lamp features a miniature brass chandelier that hangs inside of a handblown black glass shade. Each teensy candle features an LED lamp at its tip. Measures appx. 8.25″ h x 6″ dia.
Charlie Peterson of StillLifewithCharlie handmakes these awesome tables and wall displays built out with dozens of individual shadowboxes. They’re designed to fit the classic Kenner Star Wars figures, but should hold any 3.75″-ish figure that fits into cubbies.
Builder knexpert06 shows off an incredible creation made using K’Nex construction toys. The 141 foot-long roller coaster has dual tracks so two coasters can race side by side. It took nearly 500 hours to build, but a full lap of the coaster takes just under a minute.
Artist Bert Hickman creates amazing organic works of art by firing a multimillion volt electron beam into acrylic. The powerful electrical jolt creates lightning bolt patterns inside the plastic. In addition to flat art, he also makes cubes, spheres, and even guitar bodies.
A unique machine designed solely to produce eerie sounds for horror films. Luthier Tony Duggan-Smith created this combination of strings, rods, magnets, wood, and other found objects so Indie Film Maker could make original sounds instead of turning to a stock library.
This could be the most complicated clock ever built. We cannot imagine the engineering involved in getting all of its gears, pulleys, and pendulums to work together to tell time. Mark Frank and Buchanan’s masterpiece has been under construction for over a decade.
Essential Craftsman decided to see if he could use his blacksmithing forge to cook a pizza. He let it “cool” to about 800ºF before sliding the pizza in, baking it perfectly in 95 seconds. We wonder if he could do it in less time at full heat, or if it would just burn it immediately.
Is there anything The Q can’t make? The mysterious YouTube builder shows us how to make a set of nasty claws like Wolverine’s – without using any adamantium. These ones are made from popsicle sticks, toothpicks, rubber bands, paper, and a bit of Krazy Glue.
Taiwan’s Miniwiz has devised a portable, solar-powered recycling plant which transforms plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. Junk is washed, shredded, melted, and molded on the spot. They plan on bringing Trashpresso to tourist areas where trash is left behind.
Hold a floating, glowing microcosm in your hand. Simply fill the hand-blown, flat-bottomed glass orb with the included dinoflagellates and seawater to create a beautiful bioluminescent blue glow. The creatures thrive on sunlight and simple nutrients by day, and glow by night.
You’ll need to take 29 minutes out of your busy life to watch the entire video, but you should at least check out the first minute as artist Shaun Hughes shows off one of his most awesome creations, a 1973 Lincoln Penny that he’s re-engraved with a skull and intricate scrollwork.
One of the stranger objects that you can print on a 3D printer is known as the “hairy lion.” Once you print it, remove the outer shell, and heat it with a hair dryer, you can style its mane. The 3D Printing Nerd decided to print a giant one on his gCreate gMax 1.5XT+ printer.
MammuthWorks‘ huge Rewarron remote-controlled truck measures 78.5″ long, making it 33% of the size of an actual pickup. It’s got a 270cc 1 cyl engine, and an off-road suspension. While its price tag may be hard to swallow, it’s still less than 1/3rd the price of a real truck.
Miso Robotics‘ “Flippy” can automatically identify burgers and other items on the griddle, and flip them at the right time. It’s rolling out to the CaliBurger chain over the next couple of years, and eventually will help line cooks with other tasks. We want a Mise en place bot.
Way more than an ordinary player piano, this incredible contraption is called the Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina. It can play a set of three violins using a special rotating circular bow, and dozens of mechanical “fingers” which press on the strings. More here and here.
Artists Cliff Haynes and the late Michael Farrell built a camera comprised of 32,000 drinking straws which act as light paths in front of a sheet of film. When exposed, they result in an ethereal pointillist image. The project is documented in the book Straw Camera.
A team of mechanical engineers from BYU have developed a lightweight, foldable shield which can protect multiple law enforcement and emergency personnel from gunfire. Made from 12 layers of Kevlar, it weighs about 40% less than the cumbersome shields used today.
Scientists from Disney Research are working on tech which uses something called “quasistatic cavity resonance” to emit magnetic fields that can safely deliver up to 1900 watts of wireless power to devices placed anywhere in a room. It’s still in its infancy, but the result is awesome.