Misc. Gadgets


Awkward Engineer’s Model AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock appeals to electronics buffs by telling time using analog meters and retro styling.

So, if the time is 4:57, the hours meter will point almost to the 4 and the minutes meter will point to 57. At midnight and noon, the time meters roll over zero.

The Analog Voltmeter clock will be offered in industrial gray and olive drab and is currently available for pre-order. You can also use the code “PRESALE” to get 30% off at checkout.

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A good redstone torch has a lot of uses, including acting as a source of infinite power for your cellphone. This Minecraft Redstone Torch from Think Geek functions as a cool nightlight, and it also features two USB outlets for charging your devices.

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wake up machine

Simone Giertz decided that the most effective way to wake up in the morning is to have an alarm clock that slaps her in the face repeatedly with a rubber arm. To make it happen, she picked apart a clock, wired it to an Arduino UNO and controlled it via a 165 rpm brushless DC motor through a relay.

As you’ll see after the jump, the Wake-Up Machine may work too well. Not only did it smack Simone in the face, but it also ate her hair. That being said, watch out for some nsfw language.

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Go Beyond HTML and create interactive websites with this 24+ hour client-side language training. The entire bundle is currently on sale in our Nerd Approved Deals Store for only $29—that’s a whopping 94% off!

The bundle includes:

developer bundle

Head on over to the product page below for the complete details on each course.

Javascript & jQuery Front-End Developer Bundle ($496 $29)


The Altwork Station may look like a dentist’s chair, but it’s actually a programmer’s dream workstation. It allows users work in just about any position – including lying down.

Altwork, a Sonoma Valley, California-based startup company, says this chair and desk combo is designed for “high-intensity” computer users, with an intense $5,900 price tag to match (although the first run will be available at a discounted $3,900. Bargain!).

The station comes has four different modes: standing, collaboration (the screen can be turned multiple directions) regular, and focus (reclined). The company believes, through research and data regarding health benefits, that we need to move and change positions throughout the day. For professionals who are glued to a computer screen most of the day, this desk can afford the ability to stretch and move while continuing to work.

The control panel is located right on the desk, and magnets help keep the desktop peripherals in place while in the reclined setting. A lot of engineering went into this thing, something that is evident in the leg rest that folds under itself—much like a scorpion tail.

Check out more photos of the Altwork Station station along with a demo video after the break.

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The music of John Williams will sound extra sweet through these Star Wars Bluetooth speakers. Wirelessly stream music from four different characters including Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Captain Phasma.

They’re small and portable, and they work with basically any audio device out there. They’re wireless speakers with one-touch connectivity to your Bluetooth device, but they also have a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

Check out the Chewbacca and Captain Phasma versions after the break.

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I would totally trust R2-D2 to charge my precious phone. I mean, this is is thing. The Death Star USB Wall Charger—not so much.

The R2-D2 Wall Charger has two USB ports (2.1A + 1.0A) and it lights up when receiving power.

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zombie containment unit 2

We’ve seen Halloween props like this before, but the Zombie Containment Unit from Hi-Rez Designs is undeniably badass.

Check out the most watermarked demo video in history after the break…

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Thingiverse user T.J. Owens has created an excellent replica of the NES that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The case is built around a modified Raspberry Pi B+ board and features working start and reset buttons.

Inspired by the Retro Pi Project, many frustrating hours of 3D modeling and alterations went into Owen’s mini NES, but the results look practically identical to the original.

Without a size reference (banana?) in the photo it’s hard to see how small and awesome this case actually is. To give you an idea, the Raspberry Pi board is only about 3″ by 2″ and fits very snugly in the mini NES. It’s really quite an achievement, and if you have a 3D printer and soldering tool, all the files are free for download on Owen’s Thingiverse page. However, Owen notes that “this project is not for the faint of heart” as “basic electronics knowledge and additional parts are necessary for complete design.”

There’s more photos of this mini NES after the break.

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Tap into the power of the Death Star with this USB wall charger. It has two ports and lights up!

Q: But will it blow up my phone?

A: Maybe?

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