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Aurora Flight Sciences has developed a fully autonomous helicopter for the U.S. Marines that can be controlled with just a tablet from a remote location. The prototype was recently tested at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, using an old UH-1H Huey helicopter as the base aircraft. It flew three missions to deliver cargo without a pilot on the controls, with two infantrymen on the ground controlling the helicopter with a tablet and laptop. Integrated LIDAR and camera sensors are used to avoid obstacles and evaluate the landing zone. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Star Wars Cast 1977


Many have watched Star Wars: A New Hope dozens of times or more, but the colorized image above provides a look at the original cast out of costume during a 1977 photo shoot. Plus, did you know that it was only screened in about 50 theaters when it first opened? In comparson, The Phantom Menace opened in nearly 3,000 in 1999. Or, that before the movie opened, there was a theft issue at the production offices. As the hype built, people were desperate for Star Wars memorabilia and information. Thousands of color transparencies were stolen, and at the time, the going rate for a black-market purchases was $5 each. Continue reading for more incredible colorized historical photos from much simpler times.

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Star Trek Mansion

Designed by architect Randall Stofft, this custom-built mansion that spans 20,000-square-feet, complete with a Star Trek-inspired wing is on the market for a hefty $29.95 million. This nine-bedroom living space is owned by Marc Bell and includes rooms modeled after the popular science fiction TV series, including the bridge from the Starship Enterprise, which doubles as the home theater, and a full-scale Borg model. Other features include: a Call-of-Duty-modeled video game room, retro arcade, 16 bathrooms, a resort-style pool with waterfalls, wine room, gourmet kitchen, and a full basketball court. Continue reading to see more Star Trek creations that actually exist.

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Ocean Spiral Underwater City

We've all heard and probably seen floating cities, but underwater cities could become a reality far sooner than you think, starting with Ocean Spiral. Created by the Shimizu Corporation, the company claims they could have a prototype up and running by 2030. It would consist of two main sections: the first is a 500-metre-diameter spherical city with a tower that accommodates up to 5,000 people, while the second is a spiral structure that connects this sphere with a base station on the ocean floor, 2.5 miles down. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Batman Tumbler Real

Have $705,000, and always wanted a Batman Tumbler used in all three films - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises? Then you may have to head to Dubai. This Tumbler is basically a steel box frame that's powered by a Corvette LS1 V8 engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The exterior panels are made from carbon fiber, while the entire interior is also made from the lightweight material. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Leatherman Tread Tempo

The Leatherman Tread Tempo combines 30 hard-working tools with a precision Leatherman-designed, Swiss-made timepiece. It effortlessly fuses utility and style for quick fixes at home or across the globe. The Tread Tempo has the following features: 200m water resistance, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, precision Swiss made Ronda 715 movement, adjustable clasp to 1/8" and date/time functions with 3 luminescent hands. 5-year battery. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

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Wave Cinemgraph



Photo credit: Ray Collins

Artist Armand Dijcks partnered with award-winning photographer Ray Collins to bring his incredible wave photography to life in the form of animated cinemagraphs. Armand, a cinematographer and photographer from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, specializes in this type of moving photo, and for those who have never heard of cinemagraphs, they are basically still photographs where a minor and repeated movement occurs, a short video clip of sorts. Continue reading for more.

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The Matrix Camera

Just about every science fiction fan has watched The Matrix, but fanatics have probably watched it a doesn't times or more. However, there are some details you might have missed, including this camera in the doorknob. That's right, the director of photography couldn't hide the camera in the doorknob's reflection in this scene, so they put a coat over it and a half tie to match with the one Morpheus was wearing. Continue reading for more movie details that you might've missed.

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Dolfi Ultrasonic Washing

Let's face it, trying to wash your clothes while traveling is a hassle to say the least, but the pocket-sized Dolfi aims to change that. This device uses ultrasonic technology to convert a bucket or a sink anywhere in the world into a functional washing machine. Simply fill a sink with water, add dirty clothes, detergent, drop the device in, turn it on and watch as it emits powerful ultrasonic waves that travel through water, creating, high pressure bubbles. The bubbles then implode to generate strong jets of water that push the detergent through the fabric removing dirt and stains, with a complete cycle requiring just 30-minutes. Continue reading for five more clever gadgets that will make your life easier.

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Porsche Design Book One Laptop

Photo credit: Newegg

The Porsche Design BOOK ONE is essentially a 2-in-1 concept laptop and tablet hybrid, as well as one of the world's thinnest convertibles / detachables. Featuring a 13.3-inch QHD display, Intel's latest 7th generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. The hinge is very similar to the one found on Lenovo's Yoga line, enabling users to push the display 360° and use it in tablet mode. Continue reading for another video review, more pictures and information.

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