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AlterEgo Wearable MIT

Photo credit: MIT Media Lab

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab reveal AlterEgo, a wearable system that enables a user to silently converse with a computing device without any voice or discernible movements, thus allowing the user to communicate with devices, AI assistants, applications, or other people in a silent, concealed, and seamless manner. "A human user could transmit queries, simply by vocalizing internally (subtle internal movements) and receive aural output through bone conduction without obstructing the user's physical senses and without invading a user's privacy. AlterEgo aims to combine humans and computers - such that computing, the internet, and AI would weave into human personality as a 'second self' and augment human cognition and abilities," according to the research paper. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a machine that washes your clothes as you cycle.

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The Matrix Africa

Many theaters in Africa were not able to get their hands on the official movie posters of Hollywood blockbusters, like "The Matrix", so they tasked real artists with the job. Sure, they may not look exactly like their professionally designed counterparts, but they're quite interesting to look at to say the least. "These posters appeal to people because they invite this really incredible dialogue - a comparison between what you know of a film and how the painter imagined it. And they're also just really good art," said Los Angeles-based art dealer Ernie Wolfe to The Atlantic. Continue reading for more.

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Red Magic Smartphone

China, ZTE's sub-brand Nubia announced the launch of its first gaming smartphone, called the Red Magic, and it's definitely no slouch, especially since the handset can be picked up for just $399. Featuring a 5.99" Full HD+ display with an edge-to-edge 2.5D NEG T2X-1 display (18:9 aspect ratio / 1500:1 contrast ratio), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, an Adreno 540 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal dual-channel flash memory, and coolest of all, a GameBoost mode, which frees up memory-intensive resources to delivers the highest possible frame rates. Continue reading for an unboxing video, more pictures and information.

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SoundCore Mini Speaker

Anker's SoundCore Mini is a super-portable Bluetooth speaker that goes anywhere, and it's being offered for just $17.99 shipped with coupon code: R46TM4H9, today only, originally $29.88. A 5W audio driver and passive subwoofer ensure you get crystal-clear sound and powerful bass from a speaker you can literally take anywhere, while Bluetooth 4.0 technology enables you to seamlessly connect to any compatible Bluetooth device. It also boasts micro SD support, AUX-in jack, and an FM radio - so even if your phone stops, your music keeps going. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: R46TM4H9 during final checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for another video review, more pictures and information.

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Handmade Scenes

Photo credit: Eddie Putera

Malaysian artist Eddie Putera loves creating miniature dioramas, some so realistic that people could mistake them for computer-generated imagery by looking at the photos. The smaller ones take him about a week to complete, while others slightly longer, and now, he takes requests, mainly from customers looking to recreate their childhood memories. "The customer gave it to his grandfather as an anniversary gift and his grandfather shed tears looking at the diorama," said Putera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Real Mecha Robot

Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo always wanted his very own Mobile Suit Gundam mecha, and with his skills, decided to make that dream a reality. The result was a 28-foot-tall, 7-ton mecha robot called LW-MONONOFU, which was actually completed for his employer, the industrial machinery maker Sakakibara Kikai. When all was said and done, it took Nagumo approximately 6- years to complete, and it even has a metal gun that fires sponge balls at speeds up to 87 mph. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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WaveRider Portable Wii

A gamer who goes by "ShockSlayer" online has unveiled "The WaveRider", a custom-built portable Nintendo Wii designed to be as comfortable as possible. "This is a portable Wii using original Wii hardware. This build uses the most extreme motherboard trim to date, allowing it to fit into a first party wavebird shell. With its never-before-seen software integration and no-expense-spared feature list, it's sure to turn a few heads at MGC 2018," said its creator. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about Intel's coolest CPU ever, thanks to AMD.

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Muraka Underwater Hotel

Built by Conrad Hotels and located in the Maldives, the Muraka underwater hotel is a sight to behold, literally. This submarine suite is anchored 16-feet below surface, and features all that you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. Boasting a large bedroom, living room area, luxurious bathroom, and a second floor for viewing purposes. One caveat: it'll set you back a whopping $50,000 per night. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Mini Boosted Board

Boosted rocketed to fame with its orange-wheeled electric longboard, but now, the company has unveiled the Boosted Mini, which some tout as the "Tesla Model 3 of electric skateboards". Priced from $749, the Boosted Mini comes in two different models: the (S) that is good for 7-miles on a full charge, and has a top speed of 18 mph, as well as an (X) with a 14 mile range that tops out at 20 mph. Both measure in at just 29.5 inches long, with the former weighing 15 pounds, and the latter, a slightly heavier 16.8 pounds. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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Timbuk2 Blink Backpack

Timbuk2's Blink Pack is a rugged laptop backpack perfect for travel, business, or just everyday use, and it's being offered for just $48 shipped, today only, originally $119.99. This clamshell opening Weekender pack is made from water-resistant 420D Ripstop Nylon and features an internal organizer for pens, phones, etc., a padded laptop compartment (up to 15"), as well as a grab handle for easy lifting. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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