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Germany-based laser weapons specialist Patrick Priebe has just unveiled his latest project, a Spider-Man-inspired electromagnetic web shooter that fires a harpoon-tipped length fishing line into styrofoam targets. Similar to the movie / comic counterparts, this one is worn on the wrist, and fired by pressing on a button located on a custom-built plate under the glove material, on the user's palm. Additional features include an aiming laser and LEDs to indicate its operational status. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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There are Bugatti supercars, and then the appliance company. The latter has just unveiled Noun, a fully-transparent glass toaster that will set you back a cool $1000. Rather than the standard glowing heating elements, it utilizes two panels of "a special transparent glass ceramic material with an ultra-high resistance semiconductor." Its panels make use of far infrared radiation to generate temperatures as high as 300°C (572°F) within 80-seconds, enabling you to not only make toast, but also cook foods like steak and vegetables. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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The original Walkman introduced a change in music listening habits by allowing people to carry music with them and listen to music through lightweight headphones. The prototype was built in 1978 by audio-division engineer Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony co-chairman Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent trans-Pacific plane trips. Continue reading to see what happened when The Fine Bros gave a group of kids a Walkman and asked them to explain what it does.

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Sure, a Darth Vader toaster that burns the iconic mask directly into your toast may sound cool, but just a regular toaster oven will do in most cases. The same can be said for the Dr. Who Tardis fridge, which may actually be larger on the inside. Whatever the reason may be, these awesome kitchen gadgets and accessories serve as great conversation pieces nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two ladies who flew on a plane for the first time and their priceless reactions.

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You read that right, there is a reason why you'll never see the iconic brown trucks make a left turn while on their delivery routes. In 2004 UPS announced that it would save fuel by minimizing left turns. Because drivers are idle at intersections while waiting to make left turns, UPS developed software that routes the day's packages with preference to right turns. Since UPS operates a fleet of over 96,000 ground vehicles, the fuel savings are considerable. In 2005, UPS eliminated 464,000 miles (747,000 km) from its travel and saved 51,000-gallons of fuel. Continue reading to see what happens when a wild turkey meets an unlucky UPS driver on the street.

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First, there were just random self-taken profile shots that eventually transformed into specialized smartphone apps for taking selfies, and now, we have the "SELFIE" by iStrategyLabs. Simply put, "SELFIE" (Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine) mirror automatically takes your picture when you smile at it. For the technical geeks, it's powered by a Mac Mini computer running the open source facial recognition software called Open CV. There's a webcam that looks outwards through the two-way mirror, and when a smile is detected, LEDs controlled by Arduiono light up vertically on the mirror. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Soon, virtual reality games will make their way onto social media platforms, such as Facebook, but for now, you'll have to settle for titles like "RiftCycle". Created by "The Arcade Man," this game makes use of a custom-build Tron lightcycle, paired with an Oculus Rift headset which lets you look around in all directions. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Forgot to finish a report for either work or school and only have access to a laptop that isn't connected to a nearby printer? Well, the Zuta Pocket Print may solve your future printing-on-the-go woes. This pocket-sized robot of sorts takes 1-minute to print out a page, works with any type of paper, and it's small enough to comfortably fit in your hand. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX Predator 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive was featured here just over a year ago, but now it's available in stores for a whopping $1000! In addition to its massive storage capacity, or at least for USB drive standards, this HyperX model features a custom Kingston key ring and HyperX Valet Keychain. Product page. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a reporter who really should not have been so close to an open body of water.

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Ok, so a Darth Vader toaster won't exactly make your life easier, but for Star Wars fanatics who've always wanted to see the Sith Lord's face burned into their toast, this is just the gadget for you. It's a real product and will be released in July for a mere $45. Continue reading for 20 more clever gadgets and inventions that aim to make your life easier.

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