We first heard from the Open Reel Ensemble back in 2018 when they showed us how to make music by drumming on reel-to-reel tape. In this video, they create a different kind of sound by tugging on tapes, fighting against the motors as each tape pulls against its magnetic playback head.
THE BEST Magnetic
Techmoan examines an unusual bit of retro gadgetry which lets users see the precise arrangement of magnetic particles on tape recordings. You can find a modern-day version of the tape viewer from Arnold Magnetics. It’s basically a round version of those Wooly Willy toys.
Improve your visibility and personal safety at night with these weather-resistant LED tags that clip onto clothes, bags, and shoes using magnets. Each one has four bright LEDs, which can light up in solid or flashing modes. They last for up to 70 hours between battery changes.
Equipped with industrial-strength magnets and suction cups, this portable folding shelf provides a laptop desk on the go. It sticks to smooth surfaces like windows, or metal ones like the side of a truck. It has four small magnets at top for holding tools or a smartphone, and folds up like a briefcase for travel. Holds up to 40 lb.
Go squatchin’ at your desk with this silly plaything from Archie McPhee. A fun take on the old Wooly Willy toy, this version features an image of Bigfoot that you can groom using metal filings and a magnetic wand. Maybe you’ll even start a new Instagram fashion trend!
The Heirloom world map has a magnetic surface. It comes with 50 magnets in five different colors so you can chart past, current and future travels. Additional magnets are available for purchase. There are also variants of the map with different frames and colors.
If cube-shaped magnetic building blocks aren’t your thing – perhaps some other Platonic solids will be. TRIDO’s self-aligning construction toys let you build all kinds of interesting structures and creatures using octahedrons, tetrahedrons, and half-tetrahedrons.
Combining the ideas of his cloud lamp with the levitating Bluetooth speaker, Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev teamed up to build this uniquely awesome sound system which features a floating storm cloud with a built in wireless speaker. Shut up and take our money.