French vocalist Sarah Schwab is a master of musical impressions. We’re not familiar with all of the singers she mimics, but her imitations of Kate Bush, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, and others are uncanny. Check out her Instagram channel for more, including her take on Bohemian Rhapsody.
Cityframes makes incredibly detailed 3-dimensional maps of cities from around the world. They’re available as small collectible blocks they call Cubes or expansive maps called Frames that cover larger areas. Their bundles let you mix and match different sizes to fill an entire wall. Each map is 3D printed from biodegradable plastic set into a wooden frame.
Inspired by Deadpool & Wolverine, James Raiz, aka TheBoxOfficeArtist, thought it would be a fun challenge to combine the two anti-heroes. But he didn’t stop there. After he warmed up his creative muscles with PoolVerine, he mixed in the genetics of 20 other Marvel characters to create the ultimate Avenger.
Want to dress up your wrist with something besides your Apple Watch? Jewelry maker Flibustier Paris makes this bad-ass black and silver bracelet from matte-finish onyx and bumpy lava stones interspersed with sterling silver skulls and beads. They also sell a version with mini stones and skulls.
Diesel Brothers Heavy D and Diesel Dave know a thing or two about modding vehicles. For this build, they outfitted a Tesla Cybertruck with an upgraded suspension and giant snow tracks. This clip teases us with footage of their CyberTrax electric pickup dashing through the snow. They plan on releasing a full-length video on YouTube soon.
A while back, we checked out a complicated machine that used LEGO Technic parts to pull a chain around a bunch of gears. That one was built by Brick Technology. The Brick Machines took the idea and expanded on it with a ridiculously complicated machine driven by a continuous chain built from 1,184 LEGO chain links.
This quick-deploying knife from designer Brian Hoffner strikes a balance between utility and self-defense. Its 440C steel blade has smooth and serrated edges for versatility, while its rippled G10 handles have been engineered to ensure a stable grip. Index Divots on the handle help you transition between point-down and point-forward grip positions.
Magician Nate Jester shows off a neat card trick by Paul Gertner in which he takes a shuffled deck and then progressively unshuffles it into suits and then puts the entire deck back in suit and numerical order. For added flourish, the word “UNSHUFFLED” gradually appears on the edge of the cards. Here’s the same trick performed for a live audience.
Weighing in at less than 2 pounds, nCamp’s stainless steel and aluminum stove collapses down to just 1.5″ thick for easy transport, then sets up as a sturdy stove for cooking and warmth in seconds. Its cooking chamber burns either wood/biomass or solid/liquid fuels. They also sell bundles including a cutting board and camp kitchen gear.
Wrenches are utilitarian things so they’re not typically very artful. That’s not the case with this unique wrench, embellished by artist Mihail Kupec with an illustration inspired by Super Mario Bros. He started by sketching his ideas onto paper and the wrench, then used engraving tools and an electrochemical etching process to apply the pattern permanently.
The Kodiak Kolossus flashlight is built for brightness. Powered by a dual 26550 battery pack, it can blast out a beam as bright as 15,000 lumens with a throw distance of over 700 feet. While it’ll only run for 30 seconds in that turbo mode, it can output 10,000 lumens for two hours, 3000 lumens for five hours, and 300 lumens for 30 hours.
The King of the Hammers is perhaps the most balls-out off-road event on the planet. Each year, drivers and spectators gather in the California desert for two weeks of high-horsepower, dirt-throwing, rock-climbing action. Monster Energy put together this fun 5-minute reel to look at what you can expect if you’ve never attended.
Zenlet’s Memo X is unique gadget that turns any paper you want into removable sticky notes. It combines cutting and adhesive application into a single step. Slide a sheet of paper into its slot, press down, and in a second you’ll have a custom sticky note in one of three sizes. A $4 roll of tape makes about 250 notes.
Some people have tried to make unconventional umbrellas, but for the most part, a traditional design is the most efficient way to keep raindrops from falling on your head. In this clip from Randall Munroe and Henry Reich’s What If? series, they explore a hypothetical and impractical invention – a powerful laser that vaporizes raindrops out of the sky as they fall.
NECA’s 10″ tall version of OmniCorp’s ED-209 crimefighting robot perfectly matches the one on-screen. It’s fully poseable with a moving head, legs, arm wing panels, and cannon arms. It’s the perfect match for NECA’s 7″ RoboCop figures, and it makes mechanical sounds and speaks, “Warning: throw down your weapon. You have 15 seconds to comply.”
The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is hoping to score a spot on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. Their 2024 submission to the popular show is this mechanical tour de force titled Selectric Funeral, a rhythmic and enigmatic track performed on four vintage typewriters, bells, and effects pedals. It’s also their first song to incorporate an electric typewriter.
Every cat can be Keyboard Cat with this synthesizer cat scratcher from Suck UK. The Mog Sub Catty Feline Synthesizer features a large cardboard scratching surface in place of keys, along with a pitch/mod ball for kitty to bat at. Buy a bunch, and let your kitty pretend to be this guy.
Jeff Minter is the mind behind video game classics like Gridrunner, Attack of the Mutant Camels, Tempest 2000, and Polybius. Known for his offbeat and psychedelic style, 42 of his games have been collected into this interactive documentary, which lets you learn about their creator then play the games. Coming to Switch, Xbox, PS4, PS5, and PC 3.13.2024.
Maker Neil Paskin returned to his workshop to build another great piece of functional craft. He fabricated this vintage-style industrial chair using hand-cut and bent steel for its legs and support structure and gently curved wood for its back and seat. We love how he made his own plywood from reclaimed floorboards.
Etsy seller The Hrdwood makes these elegant wooden headphone stands that put your over-the-ear cans in a place of honor instead of lying on a tabletop or stuffed into a drawer. They come in two versions – a smooth arch or a stair-stepped tunnel design. Each stand is handmade from your choice of walnut or light ash wood.
When you heat fluids, they typically produce patterns. Science expert Steve Mould built a special rig that lets us see how these turbulent patterns emerge when applying heat. He tested with a few different liquids and particles to visualize these fascinating flows. Things get really interesting when mixing oil with mica.