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Vectrix VX-1 Maxi Scooter

What happens when you cross a pre-A Porsche 356 with a first-generation iPhone? This custom Vectrix VX-1 Maxi Scooter by industrial designer Samuel Aguiar. Performance was not sacrificed for looks, as its 65Nm of torque engine is still good for a top speed of 75 mph, while retaining a maximum range of 173 miles. This project all began by making initial sketches of the redesigned VX-1 four years ago before he rendered any 3D models. Once the 3D models were complete, the data was exported and then used to build the final form you see above. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Henn-na Hotel Robot Hotel

Henn-na Hotel may appear to be some kind of theme park at first glance, but it's a real place that you can book for just $80 per night in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan. When guests check in, they're helped by a well dressed dinosaur that says, "If you want to check in, push one [on the touch screen." An automated trolley delivers your luggage to the room, while a small robot answers questions about the current time or weather. The temperature of the room is kept comfortable with technology that detects body heat, and guests can even call for robotic room service using a tablet instead of a phone. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the iPhone 8 being pit against the Samsung Galaxy S8 in a salt water test.

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Nature Yacht

At first glance, this may look like the master bedroom of a multi-million dollar mansion, but it's actually just one of the rooms in the 120-meter long "Nature" yacht. Built by Sinot, this yacht offers a stunning inner garden, complete with climate control technology, an upper deck observatory for viewing the open waters, a VIP room, spa deck, gym and swimming pool. The watercraft has a crew capacity of 50 people and a guest capacity of 18 people. Continue reading for more pictures.

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WinPhone 95 Windows 95 Smartphone

Photo credit: Henrique Perticarati

Sure, there were already smartphones back in the 90s, but if Microsoft released one running Windows 95, it might look something like this. This Game Boy-like device features a 1.2-megapixel with Sony Mavica optics, headphone jack, microphone jack, an Intel processor, and even a trackball. That's not all, it comes in three different colors: "Classic", "Olive", and "Vanilla". Continue reading for more pictures.

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Kode 57 Ferrari 599

Ken Okuyama, former head of design at Ferrari, took a Ferrari 599 and transformed it into "Kode57," a 702-horsepower supercar powered by a 6.0L V12 engine. Its open-cockpit design is reminiscent of classic cars from the 1950s, and the vehicle is limited to just 5 examples worldwide. Unlike the original car, this now boasts an aluminum space-frame, carbon-fiber bodywork, and a classic long-nose front. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral drone flight video of the year.

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Modern Disney Princesses

Photo credit: Fernanda Suarez via Bored Panda

Chile-based digital artist Fernanda Suarez spent months creating modern day portraits of the most popular Disney princesses, starting with Snow White back in July. "They probably post selfies with their 'princes' on Instagram and all agree that NAKED2 is the best eyeshadow palette. Oh yeah, they probably also campaign non-stop on social media for the equal rights of dwarfs, marine wildlife, and big cat conservation," said Bored Panda. Continue reading for more.

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Invisibility Cloak Rochester Cloak

A team of researchers, lead by physicist John Howell, have created a real-life invisibility cloak. Called the Rochester Cloak, it's made from a combination of optical lenses, and basically, any object that passes behind a certain line of sight can be made to disappear from view. More specifically, a simplified four-lens system is used to bend light around any objects you put into the middle of the chain, or in other words, you're able to see the area in the background as normal, but not the item in the foreground. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining why Apple needs Samsung.

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Mercedes-AMG Project One

The car is technically still in development, but Peisert Design has already redesigned the upcoming Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar. It now boasts a new bumper with a protruding nose, headlights integrated directly into the massive grille, additional air vents on the hood and new openings ahead of the rear wheels. Continue reading for another video, picture and more information.

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Custom LEGO Minifig

Photo credit: Andy Morris via Bored Panda

LEGO Minifigs are nothing new or special, but one designer decided to think outside the box, and use one for his resume. Andy Morris, a recent design graduate from the University of South Wales, used his design philosophy and experience with toys to create this custom figurine that resembles his own likeness. He's holding a laptop in one hand and a miniature custom printed CV in the other. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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1,150HP Toyota 86

Formula Drift World Champion Fredric Aasbo partnered with Toyota to create a crazy stunt that can be viewed from space, using his Icom Toyota Express Service 86-X. Unlike the standard GT86, this competition version is powered by a turbocharged 3.4L straight-six engine that sends 1,150 horsepower to the wheels. They plotted the time at which a satellite would pass overhead and performed donuts to create tire marks shaped like the number '86, large enough to be seen from orbit. Continue reading for a behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information.

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