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Air Umbrella

Think of the Air Umbrella as a "force field" of air that keeps you nice and dry. Created by a pair of Chinese designers, this gadget utilizes a lithium-ion battery to power a motor and fan, which are then used to create a cycle of air flowing through its tip to deflect the drops and form a protective layer. The current design provides enough shelter for two people. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Paper Sofa

Called the Paper Sofa, this functional chair, made almost entirely from recycled cardboard and recycled wood waste, is basically a giant slinky can seat up to 16 people in a variety of configurations. Thanks to the unique qualities of its accordion honeycomb structure, users are able to fold it into a multitude of shapes and lengths by simply pulling each end. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the coolest Halloween light show you'll see today.

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Scorpion Chair

Most chairs look boring, this one is not. Designed by artist Vyacheslav Pakhomov of Russia-based furniture studio Workshop Pakhomov, the custom Scorpion Chair is handcrafted from the finest wood and measures in at 6.5-feet tall. Buyers can choose from a variety of leather upholstery and wood finishes. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading to watch a viral video of a daredevil who decided to BASE jump off a skyscraper into a rooftop pool.

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Prosthetic Art

You may have seen some of designer Scott Summit's work before, but he has now made these stunning prosthetic limbs a priority. While they may look like computer-generated images, Bespoke Innovations really does make prosthetics that look like works of art, using a variety of high-tech tools, such as laser cutters and 3D scanners. No word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading for more images and inforation.

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Origami Yoda

Photo credit: Ross Symons

To most people, these square sheets of paper are just things you use to write notes on or fold into fun shapes, but give them to origami artist Ross Symons, and you'll have a work of art in a few hours, like the Yoda above. Here's how his obsession began: "I started with the crane and I lost count of how many times I folded it. What I didn't realize at the time is how origami was going to become such a massive part of my life." Continue reading for more

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Ralph McQuarrie

Photo credit: Ralph McQuarrie

Here are some rarely seen Star Wars concept illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie, designer of the original trilogy as well as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this'", says George Lucas. Continue reading for more.

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Magnetic Floating Bed

Designed by Dutchman Janjaap Ruijssenaars, this bed has enough magnets to keep 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds) from levitating away - it's tethered to the walls by four cables for added rigidness. Unfortunately, only one was ever made, and at the cost of $1.53-million) USD. The crazy thing is that some geeks have attempted to recreate this bed on their own. Continue reading for more cool beds that geeks would love.

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AT-AT Walker Dog

Halloween is just a few weeks away and what better way to kick things off than with some costume ideas for your pet. Katie Mello, an artist at the LAIKA animation studio, decided to create a custom Star Wars AT-AT Imperial Walker costume for her dog Bones. It'll definitely be hard for Katie to top this costume, but stormtrooper puppies would be a good start. Continue reading for more.

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Miniature Illusion

Photo credit: Satoshi Araki

At first glance, this may appear to be a scene from The Walking Dead or similar zombie flicks, but it's just a clever illusion by Japanese artist Satoshi Araki. He specializes in hyper-realistic miniature dioramas depicting scenes of destruction and disorder, like the war torn town above. Araki tries to capture every little detail, including power lines, small pieces of garbage laying on the ground, and more. Continue reading to see all the images.

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Living Room Pit

Designer Simon Woodroffe decided to go the high-tech route when creating this sunken living room. At the touch of a button, or the pull of a handle, twelve moving parts transform the tiny apartment into a luxurious living space with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. Measuring just 262 square-feet, this dynamic living space comes complete with a master suite, second bedroom, sunken sitting room, cinema, dining room, office, full size kitchen, breakfast room, bathroom/spa, party room, wine cellar and storage. Continue reading for more.

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