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Smart Mobile Disco

German designer Konstantin Grcic partnered with Mercedes-Benz to turn a Smart Car into a mobile disco, complete with DJ booth, cabin, mixer, smoke machine and various lighting effects. A forklift-type extension was installed on the rear of Smart's all-electric EQ Fortwo enable a DJ to elevate above the crowd, while its interior has been modified to accommodate the equipment. Continue reading for two more pictures and additional information.

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Overland Expedition Vehicle

Priced from $565k, the Earth Roamer XV-LTS, built on a Ford F550 chassis, comes fitted with jsut about every luxury accoutrement you would ever want on an off-the-grid overland trip. It's powered by a Ford 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel good for 330 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque, mated to a TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission. Just in case you get stuck in the middle of nowhere, its supplementary 50-gal diesel tank ups the total fuel capacity to 90 gallons, which means nearly 1,000 miles of potential range per fill-up. Plus, it also comes equipped with 1,200 watts worth of solar panels that store energy in a 12 kWh AGM battery bank. That bank also receives power from the truck's alternators during driving and as a backup at camp and the 30A shore power hookup, while the 3,000W inverter supplies electricity to AC appliances like the air conditioner, microwave and induction stove. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to build a round hut with primitive technology.

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Pogea 488 GTB

Forget the 488 Pista, Pogea Racing unveiled their tuned 488 GTB at the Top Marques Monaco show. This FPlus Corsa project increases power output up to an impressive 820 hp and 664 lb-ft of force, thanks in part to a new exhaust system, complete with stainless steel flaps. All of this power means it can hit 62 mph in a mere 2.8-seconds, while topping out at 215 mph. The package, limited to just 20-units, will set you back $43,100. Continue reading for a video from Top Marques, more pictures and information.

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Holy Stone HS200 Drone

Holy Stone's HS200 Drone not only comes equipped with an HD camera, but offers a live feed of the action as well, all for $79.99 shipped after clipping the $20 coupon, today only, originally $149.99. Control the drone with a mobile app, which also activates multiple functions such as the Gravity SENSOR Mode, one that allows the user to control flight simply by holding and moving the smart phone accordingly. At the push of a button Headless Mode enables the drone to fly back to the transmitter. Product page. Continue reading for another video review, more pictures and information.

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Ox Flat-Pack Truck IKEA

The Ox flat-pack, slab-sided truck designed for developing countries is now going into production, according to Shell. The company has commissioned a pre-production prototype of the Ox currently that is headed to India to assist in outreach programs. Thanks to its IKEA-like design, a team can break the vehicle down to just 60 parts in 12-hours, enabling it to be easily shipped anywhere in the world. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Solar Roof Tesla

Tri Huynh is one of the first homeowners to have the Tesla Solar Roof installed, and recently gave Electrek an up-close look. As you can see, with everything up and running, the Tesla mobile app shows that the system is producing 5 kW and feeding 300 watts to the house while also charging the Tesla Powerwall at 4.7 kW - the system is rated at 9.85 kW at full capacity. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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PaperID Wireless Interfaces Paper

Disney Research engineers have developed PaperID, a technology consisting of ultra-thin, battery-free Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that can be turned into simple paper input devices. It uses sensing and signal processing techniques to determine how a tag is being manipulated by the user via an RFID reader and show how tags may be enhanced with a simple set of conductive traces that can be printed on paper, stencil-traced, or even hand-drawn. These traces change the behavior of contiguous tags to serve as input devices. These capabilities allow new interactive possibilities for pop-up books and other paper craft objects. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing exactly how rubber bands are made.

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Land Rover Defender Duke

Sleek and stylish, "The Duke" Land Rover Defender 110 by Arkonik is the perfect vehicle for James Bond in his next film. This one-of-a-kind blacked out off-road beast is powered by a 3.5 L V8 engine and features giant Kahn 1983 18" alloy wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich AT tires, a First Four Shadow bumper, WARN Zeon 12K-S winch, Front Runner roof rack, 5x LED spotlights and Fire & Ice side steps. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Poweradd Pilot 4GS Power Bank

Poweradd's Pilot 4GS Power Bank not only offers a massive 12,000mAh capacity, but includes a Lightning Cable as well, all for $18.99, today only, originally $49.99. The Pilot-4GS recharges with just a Lightning connector, so you'll only need one cable to carry around, while also offering fast recharging with the 5V/2A adapter, twice as fast as the normal 5V/1A input power banks, reducing recharging time by up to 50%. Product page. Continue reading for another video review, more pictures and information.

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BMW M2 Competition

Priced from $70,575 in the UK, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is powered by a modified variant of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine sourced from the M3 / M4 that generates 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to sprint from 0-60 mph in a mere 4-seconds. Other upgrades include: a sleek black chrome exhaust system, 19" alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, special trim, racing seatbelts, sill plates, red push-button starter, new sport seats and matching steering wheel. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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