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Protagonist 60% Mechanical Keyboard

Protagonist 60% Mechanical Keyboard

Customizing is the point of modern mechanical keyboards. But Wired In’s Protagonist takes it to a different level. This 60% keyboard has a swappable hybrid faceplate and case top called a keyframe. Not only does the keyframe come in a ton of colors and material options, it also comes in Winkey, Winkeyless and HHKB layouts.

Samsung Music Frame Wireless Speaker

Samsung Music Frame Wireless Speaker
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Samsung made a little brother for the Frame TV. Behind the Music Frame’s 8″ x 10″ photo holder is a surprisingly punchy Dolby Atmos speaker. It has two tweeters, two mid-range drivers, and two subwoofers. It can stream music from most services including Spotify and Chromecast, as well as via Bluetooth.

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Tuneshine Album Art Display

Tuneshine Album Art Display
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This cool, single-purpose device connects to your phone and displays album art. Instead of a standard screen, it uses a grid of 4096 individual RGB LEDs to create artful, pixelated images. It works with iOS and Android devices and is compatible with Spotify, Apple Music, Sonos, and last.fm.

E-paper Desktop Display

E-paper Desktop Display

E-paper, or E-ink displays, use tiny color-changing capsules to display high-contrast, daylight-readable images with a minimum of electricity. David Zhang shows off a neat use for an E-paper screen—an always-on desktop display with widgets for the time, date, weather, and device status of his computer. It’s not for sale, but David did share source code.

LG CineBeam Q 4K Laser Projector

LG CineBeam Q 4K Laser Projector
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Don’t be fooled by the LG Cinebeam Q’s throwback design. It’s packed with features that allow you to enjoy a 4K 120″ screen anywhere. One of the smallest 4K laser projectors in the market, it has a 360° handle that doubles as a stand and a lightning fast automatic screen adjustment. It runs LG’s webOS smart TV platform, and supports AirPlay 2 and Miracast.

Why Are Game Controller Buttons Like That?

Why Are Game Controller Buttons Like That?

You probably know that Nintendo came up with the A and B buttons in video game controllers. But did you know that they were not the first to use Start and Select? Or that we have Sega to thank for the ergonomics of the Xbox controller layout? Learn all that and more from YouTuber Lextorias’ deep dive into the origins of video game controller buttons.

Anker MagGo Power Bank & Qi Charger

Anker MagGo Power Bank & Qi Charger

Anker’s compact MagGo power bank delivers up to 15W wireless charging for Qi-compatible devices. The 10,000mAh portable charger can also recharge devices via USB-C. Its sturdy folding stand makes it easy to use your device while charging, and its compact display shows its remaining capacity by percentage and duration.

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Testing Rugged Tech

Testing Rugged Tech

There are lots of gadgets on the market which are marketed as rugged, durable, or indestructible. But are shockproof and waterproof devices really better? Mrwhosetheboss purchased a bunch of these items, including cables, watches, keyboards, speakers, and a laptop, and put them to the test to see how just much torture they could withstand.

Hexcal Studio Desk Shelf

Hexcal Studio Desk Shelf
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Hexcal makes a strong case for a $900 desk shelf. The Hexcal Studio isn’t just a fancy monitor riser. It has eight AC outlets (each with its own circuit breaker), two USB charging ports, a wireless charger, a 40″ wide chamber for routing and storing cables and adapters, two USB passthrough ports, and an adjustable LED lamp below its top surface.

Wooting 80HE Analog Keyboard

Wooting 80HE Analog Keyboard

Wooting’s new 80% gaming keyboard has the same instant reset Hall Effect switches from the 60HE. But the 80HE also debuts a new setting that can further reduce mistakes and allow for rapid multiple inputs. The 80HE can be set to detect multiple key presses but activate only the one that was pressed furthest.

Boox Palma eReader

Boox Palma eReader
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The latest version of the Boox Palma is shaped like a smartphone, making it easier to take with you and read one-handed. It has a 6.13″ 824 x 1648 eInk touchscreen, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, a microSD card slot, a USB-C port, a built-in speaker, and connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. It runs Android, making it equally great for listening to music and podcasts.

Uncrate x Wayne Enterprises Collection

Uncrate x Wayne Enterprises Collection
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Uncrate and DC Comics teamed up with some of the best clothing and accessory brands to create the Wayne Enterprises collection. They feature subtle branding in the form of Bruce Wayne’s company’s logo and emphasize style and class over vengeance. Standouts include a leather folder, a brass and leather punching bag, and translucent gray sunglasses.

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Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera

Leica SL3 Mirrorless Camera
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Leica’s follow-up to its SL2 camera is smaller, lighter, and has a much larger hand grip, making it more comfortable for extended use. The SL3 also has a new, hand-built full metal housing rated IP54 for water and dust resistance. The 60MP hybrid autofocus shooter also debuts Leica’s clearer and more intuitive touchscreen user interface.

Dreamfarm Flegg Egg Flipper

Dreamfarm Flegg Egg Flipper

Dreamfarm is always coming up with useful and unique kitchen gadgets. The Flegg is designed to cook perfectly round eggs for breakfast sandwiches and topping off ramen. Made from heat-resistant, non-stick silicone, it perfectly contains a single egg, can flip it over and deposit it onto your plate. Sold as a set of two.

Memo X Sticky Note Maker

Memo X Sticky Note Maker

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.

Dice-o-Matic Pocket Dice Spinner

Dice-o-Matic Pocket Dice Spinner

Yarro Studios’ mechanical dice spinner is a modern spin on a vintage gadget. Push its button, and its flywheels go spinning. Let go, and two random numbers appear in its windows. The Dice-o-Matic is made from aluminum and comes in D20/D20, D10/D10, D12/D8, D6/D4, and D6/D6 with pips. There’s also a Zoltar Dice-o-Matic decision-maker.

Making Game Music with Strange Music Gadgets

Making Game Music with Strange Music Gadgets

Harpist Emily Hopkins has shown us before how technology can make ordinary musical instruments more interesting. In this video, she challenged herself to make video game music with unusual sound-making gadgets. The list includes a musical Tamagotchi, a meowing cat keyboard, and a crazy motorized synthesizer.

Arsenal 2 AI Camera Assistant

Arsenal 2 AI Camera Assistant

The Arsenal 2 helps capture the best photos with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. It connects to your camera and uses AI tech to adjust settings based on 22 parameters, going far beyond standard auto-exposure functions. Its companion app can enhance colors from RAW images, stack photos, create multi-photo panoramas, and shoot night photos with ease.

Rabbit R1 AI Pocket Companion

Rabbit R1 AI Pocket Companion
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Tech startup Rabbit turned up at CES 2024 with a pocket-size virtual assistant. Designed in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, the gadget can rapidly answer questions using AI. It has a push-to-talk button, a 2.88″ touchscreen, an analog scroll wheel, two microphones, a speaker, and a rotating camera. The demo kicks off at 6:33 in the video.

Withings BeamO Health Multiscope

Withings BeamO Health Multiscope

Health technology is inching closer than ever to Star Trek’s sickbay. The Withings BeamO combines a digital thermometer, a stethoscope, a fingertip electrocardiogram, and a blood oxygen meter in one small gadget. It can help detect and track various health issues and upload and share data to your doctor. It’s expected to drop later in 2024 for around $250.

I’m Back Film Digital 35 MM Cartridge

I’m Back Film Digital 35 MM Cartridge

Do you love the image quality of your old 35 MM camera? This gadget lets you take advantage of analog optics but captures images digitally. The I’m Back Film adds a Sony digital image sensor in the light path of 35 MM cameras and snaps in where a film cartridge usually goes. An electronics and battery pack attaches to the bottom of the camera.

Zippo HeatBank 9s

Zippo HeatBank 9s

This portable gadget uses its battery’s energy to help keep your hands warm. Its body is designed to fit comfortably in the hand and can generate warmth for up to 9 hours. It has six heat settings up to 120ºF, and its 5200 mAh battery pack can charge phones and other devices via its USB port.

Niimbot D11 Label Maker

Niimbot D11 Label Maker
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This palm-size printer makes quick work of labeling cables, circuit breakers, parts drawers, and more. It uses thermal printing, so it never needs ink and can print text, QR codes, and bar codes on dozens of different label styles, including transparent ones. Its labels are waterproof and peel off without leaving a mess.

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