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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.

Michael Bolton: Singing Barista

Michael Bolton: Singing Barista

♫ Iced hazelnut latte… with soy milk ♫ Vanity Fair managed to coax Michael Bolton into working behind the counter at Los Angeles coffee shop Alfred {Coffee + Kitchen}, where he was tasked with using his golden pipes to sing customers’ drink orders when they were ready.

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Making a Sun Keeper

Making a Sun Keeper

Michael Cthulhu’s build videos are far more exhaustive than other weapon making videos, but we enjoyed being a fly on the wall in his metal shop, and hearing his him explain his thought process as he created a weighty replica of the Sun Keeper mace from Diablo III.

20-Shot Pinfire Revolver

20-Shot Pinfire Revolver

Forgotten Weapons examines a very special weapon. This ornate double-barrel handgun is not only covered with intricate gold inlay and engraving, it has 20 bullet chambers, and a really interesting firing mechanism. It ended up selling for $34,500 at auction.

Fishnado

Fishnado

We always thought a Sharknado was implausible, it turns out that a similar phenomenon really does occur in nature. BBC Earth’s Blue Planet shows us hows swarms of anchoveta fish assemble into massive swirling schools to fend off predators.

DIY Magnetic Catapult

DIY Magnetic Catapult

Using a spoon, some nuts and bolts, and a few strong Pot magnets, Magnetic Games shows us how to build a desktop catapult which can launch projectiles with the push of a thumb. The more powerful the magnets, the further it will throw objects. Original design here.

Smells Like 1000 Musicians

Smells Like 1000 Musicians

For their latest concert, Rockin 1000 gathered more than 1000 singers, drummers, bassists, guitarists, and generally awesome people got together to rock out an epic performance of Nirvana’s 1991 classic, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Trash Animal Street Art

Trash Animal Street Art

As a statement on wasting resources, artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, aka Bordalo II takes all kinds of found junk like car parts, tires, and old appliances, and transforms them into works of street art which represent some of the many animals who are threatened by our excesses.

DIY Cardboard Terminator Arm

DIY Cardboard Terminator Arm

MudbrainsTvDIY gives us a brief glimpse at an amazing build – he replicated the T-800 arm that Miles Dyson had in Terminator 2. It’s made entirely from cardboard, glue, and varnish. If you’ve got about 7 hours to spare, you can watch how he built it, step by laborious step.

Make Noise 0-COAST Synth

Make Noise 0-COAST Synth

A crazy cool modular single-voice analog synthesizer that’ll have you cranking out fat beats, crunchy noises, and amazing electronic sounds for your musical creations. It works completely standalone, or can be controlled by studio apps, sequencers, or keyboards via MIDI.

Working Robocop ED-209 Costume

Working Robocop ED-209 Costume

For their scene in the feature-length Robocop remake, Ghostlight built this fantastic replica of the villanous, but flawed ED-209 robot from the original Robocop. But instead of just being a static mockup or a scale model, this one is full size, and can be walked in by a puppeteer.

The Concrete Zamboni

The Concrete Zamboni

It might be officially called a Wacker Neuson Hydrostatic Trowel, but these ride-on machines are like a zamboni for concrete, smoothing and finishing the building material, thanks to water jets and fan blades which spin just above the surface. (Thanks Kathy!)

World’s Biggest RC Helicopter

World’s Biggest RC Helicopter

This scale model of an EC-135 ADAC Notarzt Christoph 33 helicopter is so ridiculously huge that it might as well be the real thing. It weighs in at about 108 pounds, has an 11.5 foot rotor diameter, and gets its lift from a turbine engine. Skip to 3:45 to watch it take off.

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Crazy LEGO Railways

Crazy LEGO Railways

YouTuber BANANENBUURMAN loves to build over-the-top dioramas and environments using a LEGO model train as his main form of transportation. He’s built a set that runs through an aquarium tunnel, a ridiculously long track, and even figured out how to do a loop de loop.

ChainFORM

ChainFORM

Engineers from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group developed a unique tangible interface – a modular system which can change shape and color, and detect inputs anywhere along its surfaces. If we ever need a robotic pet snake or caterpillar, we know who we’re calling.

Paper Airplane Machine Gun V2.0

Paper Airplane Machine Gun V2.0

YouTuber Papierfliegerei made a significantly better version of his playful gun. The portable paper plane factory now has a modular construction for easier repair, and is more durable and more powerful. It can make and fire up to 120 paper planes in a minute.

DIY 20,000 Gallon Home Aquarium

DIY 20,000 Gallon Home Aquarium

“It’s not so much the fish… I like the challenge of keeping them alive.” We’ve seen a homemade 10,000 gal aquarium. Now let’s check out one that’s double that. It was designed and mostly built by Bill Wann, a natural born inventor.

Liftware Steady & Level

Liftware Steady & Level

People with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s or other disabilities can have issues with stability or the angle of their hands, making it difficult to eat. The Liftware Steady can overcome tremors, while the Liftware Level keeps utensils flat regardless of the user’s hand position.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

One of the cooler builds at SEMA 2016, this 1971 Challenger combines classic style with modern performance. It rocks a brand new 392 Hemi V8 crate engine packing 485hp, a lowered suspension, and Hellcat brakes. We love the “Bitchin Black” paint and minimal red accents.

Lifeclock One

Lifeclock One

A timepiece based on the band Snake Plissken wore to countdown until his arteries explode in John Carpenter’s classic Escape from New York. Beyond its countdown timer, it’s a smartwatch with world time, date, stopwatch, pedometer, compass, weather, and notifications.

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Dynamic Projection Mapping

Dynamic Projection Mapping

Up until now, most projection mapping has been done on fixed or predictably moving surfaces. This incredible tech from Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory can project onto moving objects like paper or fabric, adjusting images up to 1,000 times per second.

Towing Trailers by Hand

Towing Trailers by Hand

Normally, when you need to move around the trailers from an 18-wheeler, you need a big rig to pull them. But with Verhagen Leiden’s V-move Elektrotrekker XXL, an individual can tow around an entire trailer much in the same way they’d pull a little red wagon.

Incredible Conveyor System

Incredible Conveyor System

Hypnotic footage of an Intralox conveyor system, which uses a series of active roller belts to move individual products into perfect formation for loading onto pallets. The objects seem to move into position as if by magic. This demo is equally enthralling.

Shark Cage Mishap

Shark Cage Mishap

If you’ve ever considered diving in a shark cage, you might rethink that after watching this video, in which a great white swam right through the bars, with a diver inside. Incredibly, the guy wasn’t injured, but we can imagine his wetsuit is a few shades more brown now.

LEGO Yellow Submarine

LEGO Yellow Submarine

The latest LEGO set to go from fan concept to production on LEGO Ideas is The Beatles iconic, psychedelic yellow submarine, along with perfect minifig versions of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, who can all ride inside. The 550 piece set drops 11/16 for $60.

SynthAxe Demo

SynthAxe Demo

A product demo reel for a crazy 1980’s musical instrument which combined a guitar with a MIDI synthesizer controller, which was basically the exact opposite of the Keytar. Why this thing never took off, we’ll never know.

Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom

Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom

The Japanese version of the Nintendo Classic Mini mimics the Family Computer’s body and controller. It also has a few exclusive games such as River City Ransom and Final Fantasy III. Nintendo, if you love money even a little bit, you should give this an international release.

The Professional of Japan

The Professional of Japan

Nissan Japan presents a brief compilation of their nation’s dedicated laborers, from craftspeople, to industrial workers, each performing their jobs with a sense of pride, regardless of how small or large of a task.

Flexo Building Brick Connectors

Flexo Building Brick Connectors

LEGO bricks are incredibly versatile, but one thing they can’t do today is bend and flex with movement. Flexo hopes to change that with their LEGO-compatible components, which allow the bricks to move and deform without coming apart.

Tiny MAME

Tiny MAME

Adafruit maker Phillip Burgess wanted an arcade cabinet he could take anywhere, so he set about making what is apparently the world’s smallest MAME cab. This ridiculously teensy system saves space by using its Raspberry Pi and its other components as the cabinet.

More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye

Yes, Transformers really do exist, as is evidenced by this video of Letrons‘ amazing BMW that can turn from a car into a giant mech on command. And yes, the car can actually drive via remote control.

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