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DIY 3D Carved Staircase

DIY 3D Carved Staircase

Maker Benjamin Uyeda used Inventables’ X-Carve 3D carving machine to cut hundreds of layers of wood, which he laminated together to make an impressive spiral staircase. The whole thing was made from 13 sheets of Purebond plywood. Full build video here.

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Can Paper Cut Wood?

Can Paper Cut Wood?

We all know how the edge of a piece of paper can do some serious damage to your skin, but can its sharp properties do any damage to wood? Carpenter John Heisz decided to make a paper blade for his table saw to see if he could cut things with it, and the results were shocking.

10,000 Gallon Home Aquarium

10,000 Gallon Home Aquarium

We’re guessing that YouTuber Eli F doesn’t live near a public aquarium, so maybe that’s why he decided to build a massive reef aquarium into his living room. The water’s surface can be exposed to the sun to help nourish the living coral. See Eli swim and feed his fish here.

DuoSkin Smart Tattoos

DuoSkin Smart Tattoos

Engineers from MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research have developed a method to produce temporary tattoos using thin layers of gold leaf to transform the wearer’s skin into touch-based input devices for controlling devices, a color-changing display, or as an NFC tag.

Han Solo in Carbonite Fridge

Han Solo in Carbonite Fridge

Master builder and effects artist Frank Ippolito saw what appears to be a photoshopped image of a refrigerator done up to look like Han Solo frozen in Carbonite. Inspired by the pic, Frank decided to build the actual fridge for himself. Tested shares the build process.

Qixels 3D Toy Printer

Qixels 3D Toy Printer

Qixels are tiny plastic blocks which fuse together permanently when you wet their sides. The new Qixels 3D kit now lets you create 3D voxel models one layer at a time, giving you a sort of Minecraft IRL 3D printer. Includes 600 blocks. 1200 additional blocks go for $18.

Shark & Diver Models

Shark & Diver Models

Designed by Matt Cavanaugh for Kontextür, these awesome vinyl models offer lots of points of articulation, and a fun and easy assembly process using plastic screws to attach their parts. The shark and diver each measure 14″ long when swimming.

Modern String Art

Modern String Art

Back in the ’70s you’d see kitschy string art pictures of horses, rainbows, and owls. Artist Petros Vrellis shows off an amazing modern take on the artform, which results in a greyscale portrait which emerges by following a pattern dictated by a computer algorithm.

Unreal Real-time Cinematography

Unreal Real-time Cinematography

During SIGGRAPH 2016, a team of game developers and CG artists used Unreal Engine 4 to demonstrate a technique for shooting a live actor and turning their performance into a cinematic sequence in just minutes, rather than the weeks or months it might normally take.

SAW Robotic Worm

SAW Robotic Worm

Roboticist David Zarrouk’s and his team’s SAW (or “Single-Actuator Wave“) robot is both completely awesome, and serious nightmare fuel. This innovative robot can move on land or in water by wriggling its 3D-printed spine, and uses just a single motor to shimmy about.

CRACUNS Underwater Drone

CRACUNS Underwater Drone

Developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System is able to lurk for months, hundreds of feet beneath the water’s surface, then deploy to carry out aerial missions on command.

Unity “ADAM” Graphics Demo

Unity “ADAM” Graphics Demo

A visually stunning short film created entirely using the Unity Engine. The surreal science fiction short has amazing volumetric light and shadow effects, tearing fabrics, motion blur and more. Apparently, it can run in real time on a GeForce GTX980 card at 1440p resolution.

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Nintendo Classic Mini

Nintendo Classic Mini

After numerous 3rd party clones, Nintendo are releasing their own Retro NES. This one looks just like the original and comes loaded with 30 classic games, from Super Mario Bros. to Metroid. Connects via HDMI, and comes with one controller. Drops 11/11/16 for $60.

The Watermelon King

The Watermelon King

Time-lapse footage of carver Valeriano Fatica as he spends 18 hours sculpting an intricate bust of Game of Thrones’ imposing Night’s King from a watermelon. Previously, he made a white walker from a pumpkin.

The Mill Blackbird

The Mill Blackbird

Creating commercials for new cars can be challenging because the cars aren’t always yet in production. The Mill’s amazing contraption acts a stand-in for virtually any car, simulating its length, width, wheels, and driving dynamics. CG artists can then wrap it in any virtual body.

LEGO Great Ball Contraption 3

LEGO Great Ball Contraption 3

After teasing us with a bit of his latest modular ball-moving contraption, LEGO fanatic Akiyuki shows off the completed machine, which he and his pals recently showed off at Japan Brickfest. The six-headed monster is super awesome.

Eclectic Method: Sci-Fi Mixtape

Eclectic Method: Sci-Fi Mixtape

Remix master Eclectic Method combines a number of his already awesome science fiction mixes into a single meta-mix that runs a nearly 27 minutes long, and is worth every single minute of your time. Hit play and crank it up right now.

Timahawk

Timahawk

Survival expert Tim Ralston’s latest creation is perhaps the world’s most versatile axe. The chromoly steel Timahawk is a crow bar, tomahawk, adze hammer, and all-around zombie killer, and comes with a sling pack for carrying. Also available in a deluxe Bug-Out kit.

Super Audio Cart

Super Audio Cart

An electronic musician’s dream tool, this Kontakt audio sample library lets you play a huge variety of chiptune sounds from classic gaming and computer systems like the NES, C64, SNES, GameBoy, SEGA Genesis and more. The library includes over 5,500 samples.

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The Infinite Bookstore

The Infinite Bookstore

Located in Hangzhou, China, and designed by XL-MUSE, Zhongshuge bookstore has walls and ceilings covered with mirrors to exapnd its space to depict an inventory of books that rivals the Library of Congress. The kids’ section is especially awesome. (Photos by Shao Feng)

Mechanical PONG

Mechanical PONG

It took quite a bit of planning and engineering prowess, but the end result of Daniel Perdomo’s recreation of Atari’s arcade classic PONG as a game played with mechanical paddles and ball cube is quite impressive. (Thanks Philip!)

Liquid Metal Watch

Liquid Metal Watch

This unique timepiece from Y. Kimura and Seahope Ltd. features a display which tells time using blobs of liquid metal. The metal moves freely, then magnets under its face pull them into place to display the current hours and minutes. Comes in silver, black, or gold.

LEGO Pop-up Castle

LEGO Pop-up Castle

Another amazing LEGO creation from builder Talapz. This incredible mechanical construction starts out looking like a big book, but unfolds to reveal an intricate model of Japan’s iconic Himeji Castle. It looked a little precarious there when he went to fold it back up though.

Giant Octopus Kite

Giant Octopus Kite

Footage of one of the most epic kites we’ve ever seen take to the skies – Facebooker Erich Chew posted this clip of a fantastic flying octopus near Singapore’s Marina Barrage dam. The way it moves kind of reminds us of those Sentinel robots from The Matrix.

Glow Headphones

Glow Headphones

Glass and materials maker Corning Incorporated shows off an amazing use of their Fibrance light-diffusing fiber in these slick luminescent headphone wires designed by Glow which pulsate to the beat of the music. Pre-order now for Summer 2016 delivery.

Batman Animated ARTFX+ Statue

Batman Animated ARTFX+ Statue

A wonderfully accurate 3D representation of Bruce Timm’s iconic animated Batman, created by the master figure makers of Kotobukiya. This 1/10th scale figure measures 7.5″ tall and includes several interchangeable eyes, facial expressions, and hand poses.

Materiable Tactile Display

Materiable Tactile Display

Engineers from the MIT Tangible Media Lab have improved upon their earlier tactile display system, adding the ability to control the perceived amounts of flexibility, elasticity, and viscosity. The result is a display that can feel like a variety of materials, from rubber to water.

Pinball DMD Clock

Pinball DMD Clock

Pinball fanatic J.M. Ratkos created this kit which uses a Run-DMD board to convert the dot-matrix display (DMD) from a pinball machine into an awesome animated clock. You can reach J.M. via the Pinside forum if you’re interested in buying one for yourself.

LEGO My Lunch

LEGO My Lunch

Japanese LEGO fanatic Nobu Tary creates amazing sculptures which make the plastic building bricks look good enough to eat. While the burger and bento box look tasty, it’s the slice of everything pizza with gooey LEGO cheese that has us salivating.

Firebending

Firebending

Kuma Films captured this amazing footage of a performance by a group of acrobats known as Coming True, who incorporate fiery spinny batons, a flaming jumprope, and fire breathing into their choreography.

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