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Interactive Dynamic Video

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a technology called "Interactive Dynamic Video," which essentially allows viewers manipulate objects in videos. It uses traditional cameras and algorithms to examine the invisible vibrations of an object, thus creating video simulations users can interact with in real-time. "This technique lets us capture the physical behavior of objects, which gives us a way to play with them in virtual space. By making videos interactive, we can predict how objects will respond to unknown forces and explore new ways to engage with videos," said MIT PhD student Abe Davis. 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 a Star Wars speeder bike battle in real-life.

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Forze Delft VII

TU Delft students have revealed Forze Delft VII, a hydrogen-powered race car they hope one day will hit the streets worldwide. Not a hybrid electric / petrol and hydrogen vehicle, the 'VII' is a complete hydrogen-fueled car, meaning that the hydrogen is tanked. Together with oxygen from the air, these are converted into water and electricity. It also boasts a KERS (kinectic energy recovery systems), which can be found in hypercars, like the LaFerrari. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Electronic Chewbacca Mask

The Star Wars Chewbacca Electronic Mask lets out a roar when your mouth opens, and it's being offered for only $17.99 (Prime Members - free 30-day trial), today only, originally $31.99. High-quality sound and clear output re-creates the symphonic balance between the temper of a mighty Wookiee warrior and a loyal, trusted friend with a heart as big as the Millenium Falcon he co-pilots with best friend, Han Solo. Just a breath unleashes the mighty roar of faithful first mate Chewbacca during high adventures through the twisting fortunes of a galaxy in turmoil. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Zelda Nintendo Switch


Most gamers know that the Nintendo Switch is the highly anticipated upcoming hybrid video game console scheduled for release worldwide in March 2017, but now we get a first look at it in-action, thanks to Jimmy Fallon. The Switch's main unit is shaped like a tablet, featuring two detachable controllers on either side called Joy-Cons, which can be used individually or attached to a grip to provide a traditional gamepad form. The main unit is connected to a television display through a docking station, from which it can be removed and used as a portable console. It uses flash ROM cartridges rather than optical discs, similar to the Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a working single-cylinder engine made from paper.

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12-Year Battery

Scientist Vladislav Kiselev from Ukraine has invented a battery that can power electronic devices, such as smartphones, for up to 12 years, without needing to be recharged. Resembling a small matchbox, the device actually produces energy instead of simply storing it, enabling for a continuous stream of power. Kiselev says this was made possible taking advantage of a key property of tritium - the ability to emit electrons. Continue reading for another image of the battery and more information.

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Jelly Creatures California

Huntington Beach, California residents got a bizarre surprise while strolling their local beach: thousands of gelatinous pink sea creatures. They're described as being squishy, almost like a jellyfish, and have baffled National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lieutenant Claude Panis said these creatures may have washed ashore due to El Nino, and also because there were more stingrays closer to the shore than normal at this time of year. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Big Wind Firefighting Tank

Here's a blast from the past in the form of a firefighting tank. You read that right, a Hungarian company strapped two MiG engines onto a Soviet tank to blow out the worst sort of raging oil-well fires. When the water is turned on, the six nozzles above the powerful turbine engines unleash an immense blast of water that mingles with the jet exhaust to become a ferocious spray of steam. The water moves at a maximum rate of 220-gallons of water a second. The fire is extinguished by severing the supply of oil to the flame. 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 showing how to make your own mini RPG launcher at home.

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Coin Stacking

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A guy from Japan, who goes by Tanu online, has mastered the art of coin stacking, and despite how some of his sculptures appear to defy the laws of physics, none have been digitally altered. He starts with a variety of denominations, and then builds a strong base using staggered coins. Next, the coins are carefully placed upright and put edge-to-edge without them falling over. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures, and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Gravity Grappling Hook

Cyfie's Magnetic Grappling Gravity Hook is perfect for your everyday carry, and it's being offered for only $25.99, today only, originally $33.99. This small and compact grappling hook comes complete with with folding claws, while sporting a bearing rating of 551-pounds. You also get a permanent magnetic hook that attaches onto objects - up to 33-pounds - built from SUS 304 stainless steel. Product page. Continue reading for a weight test video and more information.

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CarTubes

In the future, you may be seeing a lot more nature recreation areas, thanks to CarTubes, which is basically a network of underground tubes with giant conveyor belts that move vehicles from one place to another. Designed by PLP Architecture, this system would be moved along by a 'platoon system,' or to be more specific, in groups controlled using artificial intelligence. This would double a city's transport capacity for about the same investment as your average public transit system, while slashing travel time by as much as 75 percent. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a perfectly designed 86-square-foot Parisian apartment.

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