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Holographic Gatebox AI

The Amazon Echo is enough for most people, but Japan-based Vinclu has created Gatebox, a cylindrical device with a virtual Aizuma Hikari anime assistant that fulfills your requests. "The reason why we [developed] Gatebox is not because we are just pursuing entertainment or convenience. We want the characters [to] be naturally in our daily lives and spend relaxing [times] with us. 'I want to live with my favorite character.' We dreamed of such [a] world and we started this project," said the company. One caveat: it'll set you back $1,352. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Back to the Future Aging Where Are They Now

Most film buffs know that the first Back to the Future movie was released on July 3, 1985 and grossed over $381 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 1985. However, did you know that the filmmakers "decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then [they] would just totally trash it down and make it all bleak and ugly for the 1980s scenes"? The interiors for Doc Brown's house were shot at the Robert R. Blacker House, while exteriors took place at Gamble House. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Gfra Architecture Homes Greece

Photo credit: Panagiotis Voumvakis via Hype Beast

Nestled directly into the side of a rocky hill in Naxos, these modern Stelida Terra homes by gfra architecture are perfect for Bond villains, or just a nice summer getaway. Why were they built this way? Well, due to the east orientation and northeastern winds dominating the area, they had to be constructed at the subterranean level on a slope to offer panoramic views and protection from winds. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Nebula Mars Portable Cinema Home Theater

Anker's Nebula Mars Portable Cinema is essentially a lunch box-sized home theater, and it's being offered for just $399.99 shipped, today only, originally $599.99. A 500 ANSI lumens brightness provides crisp 802p picture with enhanced contrast, while dual 12W speakers flood any room with high-fidelity sound. A revolutionary 19500mAh battery delivers an unrivaled 5 hours of non-stop entertainment. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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New McDonalds Flagship Store

This is not an Apple Store with a McDonalds inside, but rather the latter's all-new flagship store in Chicago - formerly the 'Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's'. This 19,000-square-foot space was designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects and boasts floating glass gardens, touch-screens, 27-foot windows, as well as wireless phone charging technology. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Orasaifu Digital Smart Wallet

Say goodbye to physical wallets, and hello to the OraSaifu digital smart wallet. It's touted as the world's first all-in-one hardware wallet, and not only can it store credit cards and bank accounts, but most cryptocurrencies as well in a pocket-sized package. When fully charged (1-hour via USB Type-C), the battery is good for 7-days of continuous use. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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Omnideck VR Treadmill

If you've watched "Ready Player One", the VR technology may seem years away, but this particular accessory exists now. Introducing the Omnideck 360-degree VR platform, which measures in at 13.8-feet in diameter. This circular treadmill platform consists of 16 motorized modules, which create a 360° walking area that enables the user to interact with their virtual environment. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

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Just when you thought the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was a formidable video card, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti comes along. This top-of-the-line consumer GPU allegedly features 11GB of GDDR6 memory, complete with 4,352 CUDA cores, which is 20% more than the existing 3584 CUDA cores found on the GTX 1080 Ti. The company will officially launch the GeForce RTX series on Monday, showcasing their real-time ray-tracing abilities, which enables games to render new real-time lighting effects, all based on the company's new Turing architecture. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE

Many claim that the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE gives the MacBook Pro a run for its money, but does it really? For starters, it has a "ScreenPad", which is exactly as it sounds, a second 5.5" touch display with support for Microsoft's precision drivers for Windows 10 gestures in the trackpad area, instead of a Touch Bar. It can be configured with an Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU, up to a 4K display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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Where's Waldo Robot

Remember those "Where's Waldo" books? Well, now there's a robot designed to find him in just about any picture. It's called "There's Waldo," and it consists of a Raspberry Pi-controlled uArm Swift Pro equipped with a Vision Camera Kit for facial recognition. First, the camera snaps a photo of the page, uses OpenCV to find the possible Waldo faces in the photo, and then the faces are then sent to be analyzed by Google's AutoML Vision service trained on photos of Waldo. If the 95 percent confidence match or higher is confirmed, it points out all the Waldos it can find on the page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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