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Stepper Motor Organ

Stepper Motor Organ

It may not be the most sonically pleasing instrument, but the engineering behind Josh Sheldon’s build makes up for it. The organ uses 49 stepper motors which spin backwards against variably-sized disks, producing waves of electrical current which can be amplified.

Unreal Reality

Unreal Reality

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.

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LEGO Drift Wagon

LEGO Drift Wagon

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.

Homemade 10-foot R/C Plane

Homemade 10-foot R/C Plane

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.

Rocket-powered Fidget Spinner

Rocket-powered Fidget Spinner

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.

King Edison Ghost Pendant Lamp

King Edison Ghost Pendant Lamp

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.

Action Figure Display Furniture

Action Figure Display Furniture

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.

Colossal K’Nex Roller Coaster

Colossal K’Nex Roller Coaster

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.

LEGO Xenomorph Kit

LEGO Xenomorph Kit

Flynn’s Arcade shows off a nifty custom LEGO set from One More Brick, which lets you easily build an awesomely creepy model of a xenomorph from Alien. It comes complete with a LEGO facehugger too, though it looks like a bit like a Dreamcast that sprouted legs.

Capturing Lightning in a Sculpture

Capturing Lightning in a Sculpture

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.

The Apprehension Engine

The Apprehension Engine

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.

Giant LEGO Magic Folding Cube

Giant LEGO Magic Folding Cube

After building a couple of smaller versions, LEGO fanatic slfroden shows off a jumbo version of his Yoshimoto cube inspired construction which can be endlessly unfolded and folded back on itself.

The Astro-Skeleton Clock

The Astro-Skeleton Clock

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.

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Forging a Pizza

Forging a Pizza

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.

Popsicle Stick Wolverine Claws

Popsicle Stick Wolverine Claws

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.

Trashpresso Instant Recycling

Trashpresso Instant Recycling

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.

Deal: Dino Sphere

Deal: Dino Sphere

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.

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

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.

3D Printing a Giant Hairy Lion

3D Printing a Giant Hairy Lion

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.

1/3rd Scale R/C Truck

1/3rd Scale R/C Truck

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.

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Literal Skywalker

Literal Skywalker

This video of Max Miller walking in a see-through swimming pool is both awe-inspiring and terrifying. A plexiglass section of the swimming pool is cantilevered off the roof of Houston’s Market Square Tower 44 stories (appx. 500 feet) above ground level.

Making Sand and Gold Art

Making Sand and Gold Art

Artist Tim Bengel shows off the making of the first of his works from his upcoming Monuments exhibition – an incredible large-scale piece which appears out of nothing, after painstakingly dusting a sticky surface with black and white sand grains and gold leaf.

Nixie Chess Set

Nixie Chess Set

A truly unique chess set that uses old-school nixie tubes as its game pieces. Each tube displays a symbol on top representing its position, and they glow without wires or plugs thanks to wireless inductive power. Also available as a DIY Kit for about 1/2 the price.

Yoshi in Sonic 2

Yoshi in Sonic 2

An awesome fan-made mod for the SEGA Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog 2, adding one of Nintendo’s heroes. The hack lets you play as Yoshi, along with his abilities from Yoshi’s Island. If you’re willing to download random files from the internet, enjoy.

Open/Closed Sign

Open/Closed Sign

A thorougly clever design for a sign which can transform from reading “open” to “closed” while fully concealing the letters which are currently not in use. You can download the designs to 3D print your own over on Thingiverse.

Surfing Nazaré’s Mega Swells

Surfing Nazaré’s Mega Swells

Red Bull presents a mindblowing compilation of footage of daring surfers riding (and wiping out) on some of the incredible waves at Nazaré, Portugal, which can reach heights of 100 feet or more during peak swells.

Burger-flipping Robot

Burger-flipping Robot

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.

Violin-Playing Machine

Violin-Playing Machine

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.

Drinking Straw Photography

Drinking Straw Photography

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.

Origami Bulletproof Shield

Origami Bulletproof Shield

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.

Roomscale Wireless Power

Roomscale Wireless Power

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.

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