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Swarm Super Drone

There are drones, and then "Swarm", a "super drone" / "manned aerial vehicle" powered by 54 counter-rotation propellers and six grouped control channels with Hobbyking stabilization. To protect the pilot, a polycarbonate dome was installed. The craft has a maximum take-off weight of approximately 362-pounds and can remain in the air for about 10 minutes on a single charge. Continue reading for a video on the latest in military drone technology.

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Shark Diver Mexico

You could either go scuba diving in Mexico, or pay $3,100 for the Shark Diver Experience,, which is basically an all inclusive 6 day trip that takes you from the San Diego airport to Great White infested waters. The package includes wet suits, diving cages and even all your meals. You won't have to buy any special permits either, but with visibility over 100 feet in the temperate waters of Mexico, be prepared to have at least a few close encounters. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Oshkosh Defense JLTV

If you took a Halo Warthog and turned it into a real armored military vehicle, it'd probably look something like the Oshkosh Defense JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle). Available in two- and four-seat variants, it comes equipped with the battle-tested Core1080 protection system to keep soldiers safe, and utilizes the Tak-4i intelligent independent suspension to traverse all-terrains, or in other words, the power train adapts to different conditions on the fly. 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 on what happens when you run 2000-volts through a plasma television.

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Yamaha 01GEN Three-Wheeled Motorcycle

Photo credit: Gearheads

The Yamaha 01GEN is touted as a "multi-wheel crossover" - referring both to its on- and off-road capability - sporting two wheels at the front and a single wheel in the rear. It utilizes a similar front suspension setup to the Tricity scooter, with either front wheel supported by its own fork, enabling the bike to lean into corners. There are also two separate fenders, one for each wheel, resembling an insect's pincers. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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DeepFlight Dragon

The $1.5-million Deepflight Dragon could be the ultimate gadget for thrill seekers. Powered by an underwater lithium battery pack good for 6-hours of cruising, the two-person submersible measures 16.4 feet long, 6.2 feet wide, and has been designed for easy piloting. Special Dive Manager software monitors all of the sub's critical functions, and sets the depth limit for the dive, letting you enjoy the scenery, while an automatic stabilization system keeps it level during pitch and roll. That's not all, it can hover in the water, in addition to diving down up to 400-feet. Continue reading for a full video review, more pictures and additional information.

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Camera Aperture Ring Box

Photo credit: Matt Chalker

At first glance, this appears to be a camera shutter, but twist it open, and you'll find a diamond ring, or any other surprise you'd like. Matt Chalker spent 50-60 hours making the geeky creation above, which opens / closes like the aperture on a camera, to propose to his photographer girlfriend. "All of the wood is Ipe, the sleeve is machinable brass, the leaves are bronze shim stock, the pins (invisible when assembled) are 0.060" brass and the cushion is made from some sliced up nerf darts covered in velvet. It works by twisting the sleeve and the bottom wood base," said Chalker. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.

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R2-D2 USB Car Charger

This R2-D2 USB Car Charger just might be the droid you're looking for, and it comes complete with rotating head, light-up eye and sound effects. "With him plugged into your 12V vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter), you can get 2.1 Amps through each of his USB charging ports, which is enough to charge two tablets or smartphones or, well, pretty much anything that charges via USB," according to ThinkGeek. Get one here now. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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WaterDrop Drinking Water

Solar researcher Ap Verheggen WaterDrop has unveiled his latest project, "WaterDrop". This is basically a handheld solar-powered condensation device that produces cool drinking water. "If temperatures rise, the air contains more water. Normally, higher temperatures also mean more sunshine. So, why not focus on harvesting water out of the air, powered only by renewable solar energy? In this way drinking water and water for agriculture become available in most dry parts of the planet," said Verheggen. In other words, photovoltaic modules on the exterior absorb solar energy during the day, which is then used to cool the air to produce condensation and power a fan to create airflow. The resulting water drops are collected in a small cistern. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the supermoon lunar eclipse that will take place on September 27th.

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Zero S Electric Motorcycle

Unlike other electric motorcycles, the 2015 Zero S boasts an air-cooled motor that produces 54-horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque, good for a top speed of 95 mph, and 185-miles on a single charge (costs between $1.00 - $1.70 USD to recharge). The company spared no expense when it came to safety, as its aircraft-grade aluminum twin-spar frame has a low center of gravity for excellent maneuverability, designed to accommodate a lockable and removable storage compartment for increased functionality. It sits on Showa suspensions, a 41mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping, complemented by a 40mm piston piggy-back reservoir rear shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping. Continue reading for a full review and more information.

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DOC Sofa Bunk Bed

Forget normal sofa beds, the DOC Sofa Bunk Bed, created by the design team at Clei, transforms from sitting to sleeping space in minutes. This is possible due to a built-in mechanism that is hidden from plain view, but quickly snaps into into place in 30-seconds or less, complete with a ladder for easy upstairs access. How much does it cost? Well, there isn't an official MSRP, but you know what they say..."if you have to ask, then you probably can't afford it." Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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