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Xenon Adventure Drone

The problem with most drones is that they're not the easiest to transport, but the Xenon Adventure Drone aims to change that with its modular design that can be stored in a tiny box when broken down. That's right, the two separate sections stack together and are attached to each other securely using magnets. Simply snap the pieces together, and you're ready to fly. The container can be used as a handheld launching platform. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Rolls-Royce Intel Autonomous Ship

Rolls-Royce created a plan to deploy autonomous ships 3-years ago, but now, they've partnered with Intel to make it reality. These high-tech vessels can navigate without a human crew onboard, instead relying on LIDAR, radar, thermal cameras and HD cameras as well as its artificial intelligence awareness system. Its AI system will analyze the information gathered by the sensors and then use Intel's Xeon Scalable processors for decision-making. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Analogue Mega SG

Analogue's just announced MEGA Sg console will let you experience classic SEGA Genesis games without any wires or lag, and in Full HD 1080p. It's compatible with the more than 2,000 games released on the SEGA Genesis, SEGA CD, and the Master System. "The core functionality of each system is engineered directly into an Altera Cyclone V, a sophisticated FPGA. We spent thousands of hours engineering each system via FPGA for absolute accuracy. Unlike the knock off and emulation systems that riddle the market today, you'll be experiencing SEGA's 16-bit and 8-bit era free of compromises," said Analogue. Both the Mega Sg (shipping April 2019) and 8BitDo M30 controller are available for pre-order now, priced at $189.99 and $24.99, respectively.. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Piano Genie

Magneta, a Google research team, has developed Piano Genie, an artificial intelligence-powered interface that lets anyone improvise on the piano using just eight buttons. The researchers were inspired by Konami's Guitar Hero, a rhythm game, and rather than have users play actual songs, they wanted them to create their own melodies in real-time, which is made possible by an AI trained on a large data bank of classical piano music, thus enabling the AI to predict what notes follow each other. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.

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SpotMini Robot Dancing

Boston Dynamics has just released a new video of its SpotMini robot dog, and not only can it perform basic tasks around the house, but also groove to your favorite tunes, like "Uptown Funk". For those who haven't seen this robotic wonder, it's all-electricm weighs 66-pounds, and can run for 90-minutes straight on a single charge. The robot's 17 joints and slightly creepy arm with five degrees of freedom enable it to move smoothly. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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HyperSub MSF Sub-Sea Vehicle

Think of the HyperSub MSV, described to be a "multipurpose sub-sea vehicle," as what happens when a speedboat meets submersible. Developed by HSP Technologies, it can smoothly coast over water, dock like a regular boat, and the capability to submerge itself up to 500-feet underwater. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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NASA Project HAVOC Venus

NASA's Project HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) is a plan to colonize Venus with cloud cities in the atmosphere, due to its surface temperatures averaging 460° C. Believe it or not, such a mission would be possible now using current technology, as it would make use of airships which can stay afloat in the upper atmosphere for extended periods of time. The upper atmosphere of Venus, between altitudes of 50km and 60km, is the most Earth-like location in the solar system, since the pressure and temperature can be compared to regions of our lower atmosphere. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Murcielago SV Replica

Photo credit: Iranian Lamborghini

Auto enthusiasts from Iran spent approximately 4-years reverse engineering a Lamborghini Murcielago SV to create a near perfect replica. Its chassis is based on the one developed by Lamborghini and recreated using the automaker's original data, while power comes from a Hyundai-sourced 3.8-liter Lambda V6 that can reportedly 'easily reach' speeds in excess of 174 mph. Continue reading for another video, more picture and additional information.

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Adobe Photoshop iPad

Adobe announced Photoshop CC for the iPad at its annual Adobe MAX conference, offering a full Photoshop experience for your mobile device. "We're completely rethinking the user experience for a modern touch device. You'll find it familiar, but also adapted in smart ways for the device. We've designed Photoshop on iPad with natural touch gestures in mind to speed up workflow. No exporting, importing, converting to different formats, or fixing whatever didn't properly convert. It all just seamlessly works" said Adobe. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview and more information.

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Terradyne Gurkha CIV Civilian Edition

Terradyne creates special armored vehicles for military and law enforcement, but they just revealed the Gurkha CIV, a civilian edition that you can actually buy. Sure, you won't be able to legally equip it with exterior weapons, but it is based on a Ford F550 and powered by a 6.7-liter V8 turbo diesel engine generating 330 horsepower and 750 foot-pounds of torque, just enough to get you over any obstacles in your path. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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