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Hacker Self-Driving Car

San Francisco-based hacker George Hotz, best known for his iPhone jailbreaking skills, has created his own self-driving car technology. The current version uses a 2016 Acura ILX as a test platform, and consists of a 21.5" display, a mini Linux-powered computer, GPS sensors built into the glove compartment, and cameras mounted around the car. Custom software enables the hardware "learn" to drive intuitively, like a human would. "We have not told this car anything about driving. We've shown it 10 hours of human driving footage, and we're like, Here is what the human did. Behave like that human as much as you can. And you get all of this intuition that you'd never really get in a really big system," said Hotz. Continue reading for three more cool car technologies.

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Solarin Smartphone

Priced from $16,500, the Solarin Smartphone is touted as one of the most secure ever. "Solarin comes with Zimperium state-of-the-art mobile threat protection that thwarts the broadest array of advanced device, network, and application mobile cyberattacks, without impairing usability or functionality of a top-of-the-range smartphone. In addition, Solarin incorporates the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world. Sirin Labs partnered with KoolSpan to integrate chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption, the same technology that militaries around the world use to protect their communications, offering the strongest possible mobile privacy protection worldwide," according to a Sirin Labs press release. Other features include: a brilliant 5.5" 2K display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 23.8-megapixel camera with laser-assisted autofocus, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a large 4,040 mAh battery. Continue reading for three more strange inventions.

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HB Ring

Being away from loved ones can get you down, but the HB Ring just might help in that department. Simply put, it enables the wearers to send and receive the rhythm of their heartbeats in real-time through the rings themselves. Just download the companion app, pair it with the ring, add your loved one's profile, and whenever you tap the ring, you'll be able to feel the other person's heartbeat. Available in stainless steel, rose gold, or a molded block of sapphire crystal models, each one consists of over 100 components. Continue reading for five more bizarre gadgets that actually exist.

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Solway Firth Spaceman

Jim Templeton, a firefighter from Carlisle, Cumberland, in England, took his wife, Annie, and his daughters, Elizabeth and Francis, to Burgh Marsh on May 23, 1964. Since Templeton was an amateur photographer, he wanted to take capture a photo of Elizabeth's new dress with a Kodak SLR. One of the resulting photographs depicted a strangely dressed person in the background. He insists that no one was in the background that day when he snapped the photo. The photo was then sent to the Carlisle Police who hired photographic experts to study it. Finally, Kodak got a hold of the camera and photo negative to look for any defects. They found nothing wrong, and even offered a reward, which went unclaimed, of free film for a year to anyone that could adequately solve the mystery. Continue reading for more bizarre photographs that can't be explained.

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Armpit Fan

Sure, there are anti-antiperspirants, but if you want something a bit less practical, Thanko's clip-on armpit fan should do the trick. Officially called "Waki no Shita Kura" (translates to Under the Armpit Cooling Device), this small AAA-powered fan clips onto your sleeve and is touted to keep your armpits dry for 5-9 hours, depending on which speed setting used. If you want perpetual cooling, simply connect it to a wall charger or power bank via microUSB. It can also be attached to the front of your shirt for keeping the torso and neck dry. Continue reading for more strange items from Japan you won't believe exist, including a washable smartphone.

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Star Trek Horizon

Believe it or not, Star Trek: Horizon is a feature-length fan film made by a single filmmaker as a personal passion project, with pre-production beginning in December of 2012 and wrapping on February 25th, 2016. "The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with the Romulan Empire. Desperate for a chance to gain the upper hand in the war, the Coalition forms an alliance with T'mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters," according to the synopsis. Continue reading for more amazing films you won't believe are fan made. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes Star Trek images

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Kyoto Airship

Unlike other private jets, the Embraer Kyoto Airship - based on the Embraer Lineage 1000E aircraft - includes ubiquitous body-length windows that arch 180° around the fuselage, providing plenty of natural light, as well as a lounge-style layout. You'll also find a spa-inspired bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom suite, and a cutting edge entertainment system. Continue reading for more private jets that take luxury to the next level.

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Dracula's Castle Bran Castle

Bran Castle, situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Brasov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is the home of the famed character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. This legendary castle is currently on the market for a cool $80-million. Click here for additional pictures of Bran Castle. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Corner Shot

CornerShot is a weapon designed in the early 2000s for SWAT teams and special forces in hostile situations usually involving terrorists and hostages. Its purpose is similar to that of the periscope rifle; it allows its operator to both see and attack an armed target, without exposing the operator to counterattack. In the standard version a pistol is mounted in the front end of the weapon, which bends horizontally at a mid-gun sixty-degree hinge There is a digital camera and a flashlight attached to the barrel in the bayonet position. On the butt side of the hinge are the trigger, camera screen (which is on a horizontal hinge just like the mid-gun hinge but it is off of the left side of the gun), and controls for the camera and light. Continue reading for more incredible military technologies that exist now. Click here for some bonus perfectly timed military pictures.

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HP M477fnw Color Laser Printer

Ultra fast, easy to set up and boasting a wide array of mobile printing options, the HP Color LaserJet Pro M477fnw Wireless Color Laser Printer With JetIntelligence has the makings of a great all-in-one printer, designed to make your work space better and far more efficient. A built-in touch screen makes this device a cinch to use, and the M447fnw supports mobile printing as well as printing apps for phones, tablets and even Chromebooks. It all begins with the M447fnw's control panel, which rests on the top left of the printer. The control panel features a 4.3" capacitive touch screen flanked by buttons for copying, scanning, emailing, faxing, etc. Additional information. Continue reading for more.

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