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Russian Spy Gadgets

The KGB's main functions were foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, operative-investigatory activities, guarding the State Border of the USSR, guarding the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the Soviet Government, organization and ensuring of government communications as well as combating nationalism, dissent, and anti-Soviet activities. Here are some of the gadgets and weapons they used during the Cold War. Continue reading to see more.

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Polaroid Z2300

Modern instant film cameras were invented by American scientist Edwin Land, who unveiled the Land Camera, in 1948, a year after unveiling instant film in New York City. The earliest instant camera, which consisted of a camera and portable darkroom in a single compartment, was invented in 1923 by Samuel Shlafrock. Fujifilm is now the only remaining supplier of instant film in the United States. Camera models sold by Polaroid now print the image on a small card, rather than develop the image, but it does emerge from the camera in a short time. Continue reading to see some of the coolest models out on the market today.

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Oculus VR Headset

For those who have been living under a rock and have never heard of this product, Oculus VR is basically a virtual reality technology company founded by Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe. Their first product, still in development, is the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted display for immersive virtual reality (VR). It utilizes a set of lenses on the screen to focus and reshape an image for each eye, which creates the 3D image illusion. This image matches a wearer's movements and makes it seem as if they have stepped into the realistic world they are seeing in front of them - with 360° views. Continue reading for more.

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Passcode USB Drive

Sure, there are other more secure ways to protect your USB drive data, but for those who aren't technologically inclined, having the option of setting a password directly onto the device might be the best way to go. Simply punch in your alphanumeric code, press the lock button, and you're ready to roll. Continue reading for more awesome gadgets and accessories that actually exist.

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Kindle Fire HD Tablet

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD Tablet (used - acceptable) is currently being offered for only $53.30 shipped, today only. Most tablet displays are made up of two pieces of glass - an LCD on the bottom and a touch sensor on the top, separated by an air gap. With an air gap, light reflects off of every surface as it passes through from the front, creating multiple distracting reflections that reduce display contrast. Kindle Fire HD solves this air gap problem by laminating the touch sensor and the LCD together into a single layer of glass, creating a display that's easy to view, even in overhead light. Product page. Continue reading for another video review, tips, and more information.

Notable features:
  • 1280x800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle.

  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound.

  • World's first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for over 35% faster downloads and streaming (compared to the iPad mini).

  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance.


[via Amazon]

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Jetovator

Priced from $6975, the Jetovator can thrust riders 30-feet into the air using water-powered thrusters. The idea came to entrepreneur Rob Innes about 20-years-ago, but the first prototype wasn't built until 2011. According to Innes, the experience of riding a Jetovator is similar to that of a bike, but gives you the "aerial capabilities of a fighter aircraft." Its movement is intuitive with the rider leaning left to right in order to steer it. Continue reading for an actual Jetovator competition video from a Lake Havasu event.

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Lavazza Cookie Cup

Let's face it, many people enjoy having a cookie (biscotti, etc.) with their shot of espresso in the morning, but what if there was a way to combine the two? Lavazza has just the solution with their innovative cookie cups. The interior is lined with a hard sugar coating so the coffee doesn't seep through the cookie lining. Branded as "Italy's Favourite Coffee," the company claims that 16 million out of the 20 million coffee purchasing families in Italy choose Lavazza. Continue reading for more.

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Strange Inventions

Have you ever come across an invention on television, the internet, or even in real-life that just made you scratch your head? Well, these five inventions just might fall under that head-scratching category. Whether it be the auto-shredding calendar, Bathe & Brew, or baby hooks, these are a few things you might not want to use. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate cucumber slicing master from Japan.

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Improve Life Invention

There are some inventions you use once and then throw to the side, while there are others that are used daily. For example, an illuminated bookmark, glow-in-the-dark soap, a flexible mobile phone that can be attached to your ear, or just a simple board for keeping things organized on your desk. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an adorable father and daughter dancing duo.

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Hello Kitty Contact Lenses

Hello Kitty like you've never seen the cat before in contact lens form. Even if you don't need contacts, these are purely cosmetic and also comes complete with a themed case as well as box, making it a perfect gift for any Hello Kitty fanatic. One caveat: it'll set you back $105 for a single set. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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