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T1 Tomahawk Digital Tape Measure

T1 Tomahawk Digital Tape Measure

We’re geeking out over Reekon’s pro measuring gadget: a tape measure with a digital readout and laser alignment for precise measurements. Its OLED display shows the current measurement in real-time, while an E-ink screen in its handle shows the last few at a glance. Data is also synced to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

Building a Googol Counter

Building a Googol Counter

Googol is the mathematical label for 10 to the hundredth power or 1 followed by 100 zeros. If you tried to count to a Googol, even in milliseconds, you’ll never live to see the end of your count. Look Mum No Computer built an electronic counter that he hopes can be kept alive and running well past his time here on Earth.

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Making a Digital Hourglass

Making a Digital Hourglass

An old-fashioned hourglass is a handy way to count down fixed increments of time. While a traditional hourglass is filled with sand, Engineercly’s 3D-printed version is completely digital, counting time on a pair of LED matrices controlled by an Arduino Nano. He used an accelerometer to track its angle and to direct the LED dots.

Nixon Ripley Watch

Nixon Ripley Watch
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Nixon deftly blends the digital and analog worlds with its Ripley wristwatch. It features a rugged, shock-resistant core with a stainless steel top plate. Its LCD background has chronograph, day/date, alarm, dual timezone, altitude, and temperature readouts and can be blacked out in City Mode for a cleaner look.

DWARF II Smart Telescope

DWARF II Smart Telescope

TinyScope’s digital telescope can capture images of the stars, moon, and planets using periscopic telephoto optics. It has an 8.4 MP Sony low-light image sensor, pan and tilt motors, object tracking, auto-focus, and IR/ND/UHC filters. It can also capture nature photography at a distance and ultrawide panoramic photos.

Retro ’80s TV Clock

Retro ’80s TV Clock

1980s technology had a certain futuristic vibe to it. Maker MarcioT shows off a sweet ’80s-inspired clock he made using an old CRT television and a digital clock he programmed onto an ESP32 microcontroller. The build instructions are available on Instructables with the source code for the Dali Clock on Github.

Air Bubble Clock

Air Bubble Clock

Engineer Yukio Shinoda created this unique desk clock that tells time with air bubbles. As they rise to the surface of a glycerin-filled tank, the bubbles form dot-matrix digits. He’s also built a larger version that can display multiple digits and wider graphics.

Fintic LED Tickers

Fintic LED Tickers

Get up-to-the-minute information on stocks, bonds, cryptocurrencies, and more with the Fintic desktop scrolling LED ticker. The 128×32 full-color display can also show sports scores, news, weather, instant messages, animated GIFs, and more. It measures 15.3″ w x 4.3″ h x 2.3″ d. Stack multiples for information overload.

Timex Expedition Grid Shock Chronograph

Timex Expedition Grid Shock Chronograph
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This bold 50mm wristwatch has a reverse LCD screen and a durable resin case with a stainless steel bezel. Its functions include a countdown timer, military time mode, three time zones, hydration timer, and daily, weekday, and weekend alarms with sound and vibration. It’s also shock-resistant and water-resistant to 100m.

VBoard Digital Whiteboard Converter

VBoard Digital Whiteboard Converter

This tiny cube transforms any screen into a digital whiteboard. It automatically calibrates to screens from 15″ to 300″ diagonal. It uses its camera and software to detect the position of its infrared stylus so that you can doodle in real-time on the screen.

TickrMeter Desktop Stock Tickers

TickrMeter Desktop Stock Tickers

The TickrMeter is a tiny e-Paper screen that connects to the internet to display real-time prices for stocks, cryptocurrencies, exchange rates, and other trading markets. It has a red/green indicator for positive or negative returns and can be programmed to cycle between different tickers. Stack multiples for an at-a-glance look.

Thermochromic Digital Clock

Thermochromic Digital Clock

This fascinating tabletop clock tells the time by changing the temperature. Instructables contributor Twisted & Tinned created the display using thermochromic foil and surface-mounted resistors that heat up liquid crystals. They previously made a temperature and humidity display using a different

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Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

BuyStuffStore is working on something truly awesome – a TV stand that can transform from an arcade machine with a 50″ screen into a horizontal pinball table in seconds. It’s shown here with the AtGames Legends Gamer Pro. It’s not in production yet, but they are accepting a small number of participants for their beta tester program.

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Best Digital Watches 2021

Best Digital Watches 2021

While analog watches might have a more classic look, there’s no question that digital watches are easier to read and can pack more functions. Our pals at Everyday Carry have rounded up 10 great digital watches from the back-to-basics Casio W-59 to the feature-rich Suunto 9 Baro Titanium smartwatch.

LEGO 7-Segment Display

LEGO 7-Segment Display

A while back, expert LEGO engineer and mathematician Alexander Holroyd created a 7-segment display that uses LEGO Technic parts to change digits. Fello LEGO fan and GBC builder Fernando recreated the intriguing machine, and shared video footage of his version in action.

Casio AE-3000W World Time Watch

Casio AE-3000W World Time Watch
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A budget-priced digital watch for travelers or those working with remote teams, the AE-3000W can simultaneously display times in three time zones. It has day/date, stopwatch, and countdown functions, along with five alarms. It’s water-resistant to 100m and has an enormous 55mm face, so looks best on a big wrist.

AI Video Object Removal

AI Video Object Removal

If you’ve used Photoshop’s content-aware fill, you know that it’s gotten easier to remove objects from still images. Doing the same in video is much trickier, but as Two Minute Papers explains, there’s new AI-based tech that’s really good at removing objects from moving images. It can also expand content into missing areas.

Portrait Shadow Manipulation

Portrait Shadow Manipulation

Computer scientists from Google, MIT, and UC Berkeley have developed incredible image correction software that uses artificial intelligence to remove or soften unwanted shadows and harsh highlights from faces without affecting other naturally-occurring shadows. Read more about the tech on the project’s website.

How to Make 1-Bit Pixel Art

How to Make 1-Bit Pixel Art

Brandon James Greer is a master at creating pixel art. In this tutorial video, he explains some tricks and techniques for working with the most rudimentary of color palettes. 1-bit art embraces the limitations of a low-res monochrome image to focus on composition, patterns, and textures.

TokyoFlash Quasar LCD Watch

TokyoFlash Quasar LCD Watch

The Kisai Quasar has a deceptively easy to read display. Despite the geometric patterns covering its face, its digits are actually hiding in plain sight at the center of its hexagonal quadrants. It offers date, stopwatch, and alarm functions, along with electroluminescent backlighting, and 12-hour and 24-hour modes.

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Art Artifact LED “Nixie” Clock

Art Artifact LED “Nixie” Clock
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This retro-modernist alarm clock clearly gets inspiration from vintage Nixie tubes, but it uses LEDs instead. These red LEDs have two big advantages to Nixie: longevity and power consumption. The seven-digit display shows hours and minutes on its larger tubes and seconds on the smaller ones. Note: Only supports 24-hour time.

3 Portraits

3 Portraits

Motion artist Colin Toupe presents a series of three digital portraits, each of which is a wild abstract image which morphs through a trippy landscape of color and procedural textures. The resulting video is like a crazy fever dream.

Deal: Holga Retro Digital Camera

Capture delightfully imperfect photos with Holga’s inexpensive digital camera. It features a retro-style body in black, black/silver, or multicolor and captures 8-megapixel images through its low-fi viewfinder and lens. Save 22% in The Awesomer Shop.

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

A fun DIY kit for musicians, electronics hobbyists, and just about anyone who likes cool gadgets. The Rhythmo Beatbox lets you build a MIDI controller and drum machine in a cardboard box. It’s got arcade-style buttons, built-in sounds, a battery, and speakers. Its companion mobile app enables sound customization.

Digital Foosball Table

Digital Foosball Table

Interactive system maker Realtime Department shows off a modern version of the classic foosball game where you never have to worry about losing the ball again. It features a 4K display and spinner style rod controls, and its virtual stadium and player uniforms can be customized.

Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

The 1979 Sugar Hill Gang track Rapper’s Delight put hip hop on the map for many of us. Now enjoy a cover of the seminal rap track, as performed by the trio of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, courtesy of YouTuber Steven Rosenthal. It seems like Siri has the best sense of rhythm.

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