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Envision GameCube Portable

There's the 3DS XL SNES Editoin, and then "The Envision", a custom-built portable GameCube console by Jonathan Shine. Unlike its larger counterpart, this portable version ditches the spinning media in favor of an SD card loaded with various backups of games he already owns. The device measures in at approximately 1.375 by 6.5 by 4.125 inches and will run for 2 to 3 hours on a single charge, or just enough time for a short flight. Continue reading for more awesome custom-built portable GameCube consoles that you won't find in stores.

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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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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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DRU Pizza Delivery Robot


We have seen the future of pizza delivery, and it includes robots. Called "DRU" (Domino's Robotic Unit), this three-foot tall, 450-pound robot is fully autonomous and can hit a top speed of 12.4 mph from the store to any location within a 20-kilometer radius. It consists of a battery-powered heated compartment that can keep up to 10 pizzas warm and a chilled compartment for cold drinks, all encased in a water-tight, weather-proof acrylic plastic exterior. LIDAR laser-light sensors located within the unit will help the robot detect obstacles on his route, and to prevent thefts, customers can only access their pizzas by entering a unique code into the pizza compartment. Continue reading for five more strange inventions that people came up with over the years.

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Pilot Smart Earpiece Translator

Developed by New York-based Waverly Labs, the Pilot is essentially a three-part system: two small Bluetooth earbuds and a smartphone app for the actual translation. How does it work? Simply talk to the other person as you normally would - each in your own language - and the app instantly translates the dialogue before sending the translated speech to the earpiece. The prototype supports a number of European languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian). Other languages, like Hindi, Semitic, East Asian, Arabic, Slavic, and African will be included in later versions. Continue reading for five more weird gadgets that actually exist.

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Real Lightsaber Burning

"The Hacksmith" has created a real-life lightsaber, or protosaber to be exact, but for those wondering why it doesn't use a laser, it's because the laser emitter would be the size of the room in order to get any actual cutting power. Containing plasma, like a plasma cutter, could be possible, but still difficult to make into lightsaber form. "Our design is the closest to a functional lightsaber, as it will be able to cut things, it looks like it, and it sounds like it. Remember, how a 'lightsaber works' is a work of fiction, invented by an author, not an engineer. The physics of how it's 'supposed to work' just don't," said its creator. Continue reading for more real Star Wars lightsabers made by fans.

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Lucid Dreamer


Lucid Dreamer is essentially a device programmed to detect REM sleep, or the time when dreams become more vivid, and emit low electrical impulses to help you realize that you're dreaming, which then enable you to take control of your dreams. After having their brain stimulated two times per night, for seven nights, approximately three out of five participants became lucid the first night, one participant became lucid on the second night and one participant on the third. The number of nights with at least one lucid dream varied between participants - the maximum was five nights out of seven, and the minimum was two nights out of seven. Continue reading for more crazy products you won't believe are real.

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Jupiter Juno Great Red Spot

This stunning image of Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot was pieced together using data from NASA's Juno spacecraft. The true-color image offers a natural color rendition of what the Great Red Spot and what its surrounding areas would look like to human eyes from Juno' position. The turbulent atmospheric zones in and around the Great Red Spot are clearly visible. It was captured on July 10, 2017 at 7:10pm PDT , as the Juno spacecraft performed its seventh close flyby of Jupiter. Continue reading for more incredible Jupiter photos captured by Juno.

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Smart Fork

Japan-based Nissin has created a smart fork designed to cancel out noodle-slurping noises, called the "Otohiko fork". It uses a highly sensitive microphone to picks up on the slightest slurping noise, and as soon as they're detected, it's forwarded to an application on your smartphone that triggers a slurp neutralizing sound. The sounds, which can range from a wooshing sound or a musical instrument, like the xylophone, makes the noodle-slurping noises inaudible to other people. Continue reading for five more bizarre, yet real, gadgets.

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