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MIT Materiable

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MIT's Tangible Media Group has created a shape-shifting block interface, called "Materiable", that can mimic water, sand, rubber and more. By integrating the multi-modal sensation techniques of haptics, the team was able to build a perceptive model for those materials in response to direct manipulation without precise force feedback. "The system can create computationally variable properties of deformable materials that are visually and physically perceivable. In our experiments, users identify three deformable material properties (flexibility, elasticity and viscosity) through direct touch interaction with the shape display and its dynamic movements," said the team. 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 that shows how to make a liquid nitrogen-propelled rocket launcher.

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iPhone 6 Prototype

Another year, another iPhone prototype surfaces on eBay. This time, it's an iPhone 6 prototype running Apple's 'SwitchBoard' software, which is used by testers, and disables the calling as well as camera functions. Plus, it has the rare red lightning connector, only found on test units. "I bought this item from a friend of mine, it is a iPhone 6 prototype, it has no FCC logos, Serial Number or Imei. From what I know it runs a debugging OS called SwitchBoard and features a red lightning dock port with a serial number of C39NW00KG876," said the seller. Unfortunately, once bidding reached $53,000, the listing was taken down by the auction site. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Gerber Short Stack

Gerber's Short Stack is a compact AR-15 multi-tool designed to fit directly inside Magpul, MOE, and MIAD pistol grips. It's constructed from 410 stainless steel is capable of performing 15 different functions, due to its unique three piece design, which enables shooters to create multiple wrench configurations, allowing users to tighten and loosen the buffer tube, flash hider and other accessories. Get one here now. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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Buell XB9 Iron Pirate Garage

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Iron Pirate Garage has revamped the Buell XB9 motorcycle, and it looks like something you'd see in The Dark Knight. Featuring a short wheelbase, 92Nm of torque, a set of Progressive Suspension units and a Motogadget Mini display, perfect for crime fighting, or just cruising the city street. No word yet on if we'll be seeing a Superman version anytime soon. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Tesla Model X racing the world's fastest SUV, the Bentley Bentayga.

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Contours Adult Stroller

Kolcraft has created an adult-sized version of its Contours Bliss stroller to give parents a better idea of what children experience when sitting in one. While it's not available for purchase, it is making stops around the US for test drives, and its next stop is Chicago's Mary Bartelme Park on June 7th. "We created the test ride so adults could experience first-hand how each Contours Stroller is carefully designed with a baby's joy and comfort in mind," said Kolcraft president Tom Koltun. Continue reading to watch a video of this giant stroller in-action. Click here for a few bonus images of more geeky things you may want, but probably don't need.

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3D Printed Building

Dubai unveiled the first fully 3D-printed and completely functional building earlier this week, marking an architectural and engineering breakthrough. Called the "Office of the Future," this structure is located on the Emirates Towers premises and will be the temporary home of the Dubai Future Foundation. Continue reading for a video walkthrough and more information.

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Human Skull Armchair

Photo credit: Greg Home

You've seen the geometric skull armchair, now check out Gregory Besson's version. This Paris-based artist decided to use fiberglass and handcraft a giant skull, giving a ghost-like white bleached design, while adding high-quality leather to keep things comfortable. For those who'd rather use this at a Halloween decoration, adding LED eyes might not be such a bad idea. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Crew Chief 715

Paying tribute to Jeep's military vehicles of the past, the Crew Chief 715 Concept crosses the Wrangler Unlimited with the Kaiser M715 military vehicle. It comes complete with a 4-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, off-road rock rails, 20-inch wheels on 40-inch tires, an on-board air system, 5-foot cargo bed for all your gear, and Dana axles. Inside, you'll find plush leather bucket seats, aircraft-style control switches, and a large, dash-mounted compass. 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 Chewbacca Mom meeting none other than Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.

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Phiaro P75 Cipher

The sleek Phiaro P75 Concept Cipher is a prototype track car inspired by the famous Gundam series. At just 1,310-pounds, it's powered by a mid-mounted 1.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 142-horsepower @ 6,600 rpm and 123 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Click here for more pictures of the P75. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Philips Hue Lux

Philips Hue Lux LED Personal Wireless Starter Kit provides a personal and interactive way to control lighting from a smart mobile device or tablet, and it's being offered for only $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. It enables use of light in a variety of functionality such as timers, alarms, geo-fencing and soft security elements. The hue lux offers a soft white light similar to your regular household incandescent light bulb. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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