What you’re about to watch is either a James Cameron movie with a VERY low budget, or a bunch of LEGO minifigs made out of gallium and melted for fun. It’s actually the latter, and it is very fun to watch. YouTuber DaveHax used LEGO minifig shaped ice molds to make some figures, then melted them like little T-1000s. It may just be the best thing ever.
Gallium is a solid metal at room temperature but has a melting point of around 86°F (30°C), and that’s what allows the magic to happen so easily. Minifigs look awesome in gallium, but they look even cooler when they melt. Too bad Dave couldn’t find a way to make it wear a tiny police uniform.
First, he tried to put them on a hot tray, but only the feet melted. Then he tried candles under the tray, but still no Terminator melting. They did melt, but not in the coolest way, but once he leaned it against the back of the tray, that’s when he got that sweet Terminator action. Check it out:
BTW I love Dave’s sciency voice.
The first time I saw a nixie tube watch was more than a decade ago. I thought the idea was pretty rad, but to be honest, I don’t think the design of the watch lived up to the nixie tubes themselves. I also thought the two digit display was a bit difficult to use as a practical timepiece. While it’s much more expensive, this nixie watch solves both of those problems.
Designed and created by Trento, Italy based Nixie Horizonte, this gorgeous timepiece features a body milled from a block of aluminum and brass. It’s got four mini nixie tubes, so it can display the complete time in either 12- or 24-hour format. It also has a built in accelerometer which it uses to detect when you turn your wrist, as well as a temperature sensor.
Those LED accent lights can be configured into any of 512 different colors (or deactivated entirely), and the tubes offer 7 brightness level settings. It’s charged by placing it on the included wooden docking station, and can run for 2 to 3 weeks between charges in accelerometer mode, or about a month if you don’t mind manually activating it.
It’s a truly stunning piece of design and engineering, and I’d absolutely throw my Apple Watch out tomorrow if I could have one of these instead. Each Nixie Horizonte watch is custom built to order, and sells for about $850 over on Etsy.
Have you ever dropped your phone? While you could protect it with a case, there’s another way which will keep you from dropping it in the first place. This nifty device attaches to the back of your phone, and adds a ring which ensures your phone won’t ever slip out of your hand.
Designed by JIN, the PhotoRing Magic Grip adheres securely to the back of your phone, and provides added safety for your phone by attaching it to your finger with a sturdy metal ring. Yes, you can finally marry the device that you already treat better than your real spouse!
The ring part is attached to a swiveling hinge mechanism, which lets it easily adjust to any hand and holding position, and ensures that your phone is securely attached to your finger and can’t be dropped. As it spins it locks in 15º increments so you can pick the perfect angle for you.
The gadget also doubles as a kickstand for those times when you want to take the ring off and be single for the night. Is it just me or does it sort of look like a pacifier for babies in this position?
It’s a cool idea, though it does add a bit of thickness to the back of your phone, and probably makes it less comfortable to keep in your pocket, since it’s kind of lumpy.
Regardless of how silly it seems, the PhotoRing Magic Grip is a neat idea, and could be a great solution for people who frequently drop their phones. At this point, I can’t find it for sale outside of Korea, but if you’re good with Google Translate, you might be able to order yourself one from the guys over at Funshop.
There’s something about skull art that I find really intriguing. Perhaps it’s that skulls are something that all of us have in common, or it’s just that they remind us of our mortality. I’m really digging this skull sculpture, made from recycled bits of metal.
It was made by the guys at Thailand-based Metal Model House, using scrap metal and a whole boatload of nuts welded together to create its main form. I wish the teeth had a bit more detail, but it’s still a pretty awesome sculpture. I like to imagine that they’re metal dentures he had to get after he drank too much Coca-Cola.
You can find this awesome metal skull over at Metal Model House’s Etsy shop for $259(USD), but if that’s too much for your budget, you can find lots of other cool metal sculptures over there, including a sweet set of metal dinosaur skeletons, and a metal Big Daddy from BioShock. If you buy two or more items from them, you can get 15% off your order too!
There are a million and one smartphone stands on the market, but how many of them look like a robot? Not many, I’d venture to guess. But here’s a cool robot phone stand I found from the crazy gadget guys over at Hong Kong outfit Brando.
It’s made almost entirely from metal, and holds phones in a horizontal or vertical position on its back. From what I can tell, appears to be made from those hinges that are constantly coming loose on the inside of my cabinets.
It’s available as a finished robot for $59 (USD), or in kit form for $36. I’m kind of glad it doesn’t have any servos built into it, because I know that it would just end up walking off with my smartphone.