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Pilot Smart Earpiece Translator

Developed by New York-based Waverly Labs, the Pilot is essentially a three-part system: two small Bluetooth earbuds and a smartphone app for the actual translation. How does it work? Simply talk to the other person as you normally would - each in your own language - and the app instantly translates the dialogue before sending the translated speech to the earpiece. The prototype supports a number of European languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian). Other languages, like Hindi, Semitic, East Asian, Arabic, Slavic, and African will be included in later versions. Continue reading for five more weird gadgets that actually exist.

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Novitec Tesla Model S

Novitec reveals a body kit for the post-2016 facelift Tesla Model S, made from carbon fiber. You get an aggressive front spoiler lip, rocker panels, rear spoiler lip and a diffuser. The company also custom-designed a set of 21-inch NV2 forged wheels for the electric sedan in cooperation with Vossen, and they feature five slanted double spokes that are in an "aerodynamically optimal position relative to the airflow." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Chinese Rooftopper

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Wu Yongning, a famous 26-year-old Chinese 'rooftopping' photographer, agreed to perform a stunt on November 8th atop the Huayuan Hua Center building in the city of Changsha for a sponsor in exchange $15,000, but things quickly took a turn for the worse as the surface was too slick to pull himself back up. According to local media, Yongning wanted to help his family out of poverty, pay for his mother's medical costs, and fund his own wedding. Continue reading for the video - may be disturbing for some.

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Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

The Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit lets you build your very own R2-D2, and even control it with "The Force," all for $99 shipped. Droid-driving is easy with in-app controllers including a joystick, sliders, and tilt mode. The Droid can detect obstacles in front of it and change course like it has a mind of its own. Product page. Continue reading for a detailed hands-on review and more information.

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iMac Pro AirPower

The iMac Pro will be officially in stores on December 14th, but the AirPower Wireless Charging Pad is still months away. What happens when you combine the two products? This sleek model with a dual-purpose stand that doubles as a charging pad for both your iPhone and Apple Watch. Pricing starts at $4,999 for the iMAc Pro, and comes equipped with up to an 18-core Xeon processor, 128GB of memory, 4TB of storage, as well as a Radeon Pro Vega graphics card. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more pictures.

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Ryan ToysReview

Six-year-old Ryan, the "host" of Ryan ToysReview, a popular toy-review channel on YouTube, reportedly earned $11 million (pretax) income in 2017. It all started when Ryan, then a 4-year-old fan of toy-review videos, asked his parents why he couldn't also follow in their footsteps, and the rest is history. The channel started out slowly until a July 2015 video went viral, which featured Ryan opening and reviewing a box containing more than 100 toys from Pixar's "Cars" series. As of today, that video has close to 800 million views. Continue reading for more videos and information.

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Real Lightsaber Burning

"The Hacksmith" has created a real-life lightsaber, or protosaber to be exact, but for those wondering why it doesn't use a laser, it's because the laser emitter would be the size of the room in order to get any actual cutting power. Containing plasma, like a plasma cutter, could be possible, but still difficult to make into lightsaber form. "Our design is the closest to a functional lightsaber, as it will be able to cut things, it looks like it, and it sounds like it. Remember, how a 'lightsaber works' is a work of fiction, invented by an author, not an engineer. The physics of how it's 'supposed to work' just don't," said its creator. Continue reading for more real Star Wars lightsabers made by fans.

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Kahn Design 6x6 Flying Huntsman Soft Top

Kahn Design has revealed their latest project, a successor to their Flying Huntsman 110 6x6 Double Cab, and it's a doozy. Called the "Coach Built 6x6 Soft Top," this 6-wheeled truck features an x-lander front grille and 1945 rear alloy, similar to the previous model, but this time, the pickup has been transformed into a canvas drop top. Continue reading for another video of the Double Cab and more information.

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Dodge Charger RTR Viper

The 1968 Dodge Charger RTR may look normal at first, or to non auto enthusiasts, but it's much more powerful than meets the eye. Unveiled at the 2017 SEMA show, creator by Johan Eriksson managed to equip the vehicle with the Dodge Viper's massive 8.4L V10 engine sits under the hood, complete with a twin-turbocharger system, generating an insane 1,000-horsepower as it stands - Eriksson said 1,500-horsepower would be just as easy. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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NVIDIA Titan XP Star Wars

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Just in time for The Last Jedi's theatrical release this weekend, NVIDIA has unveiled a pair of limited edition graphics cards. Called the Titan XP "Star Wars Collector's Edition Graphics Cards", the two GPUs have been designed to look like lightsabers, with either green (light side) or red (dark side) LEDs. Both are based on the Pascal-based Titan Xp architecture, or technically speaking, 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz and 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4Gbps, which equate to 12 teraflops of power.

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