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For those with an extra $60,000 to spare and have always wanted a real flying, fire-breathing dragon, Hammacher Schlemmer has just the gadget for you. This dragon is powered by a half-gallon of jet fuel or kerosene and has a plywood, epoxy glass and Nomex-basedbody. It can take to the skies for up to 10 minutes and hit speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Amazon Fire TV was officially announced yesterday, and it's basically a $99 set-top box that aims to take on Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, and other similar devices. Unlike the others however, this one is powered by a 1.7-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300 processor, has 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and even a specially designed Amazon Fire game controller to go along with it. On top of the powerful hardware, it boasts an exclusive new feature called "ASAP", which predicts what movies and TV episodes you'll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you hit play. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Playing fetch with your dog isn't always possible, either due to time constraints or just not having enough room at home. The iFetch aims to change that. This gadget is basically an automatic ball launcher that works by dropping a miniature tennis ball in the bowl up top, causing it to power on and launch it. Once fired, the device turns off to conserve energy, but starts up again when a ball is dropped by dog or person. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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What you're looking at above is the Razer Eidolon, which "will automatically try to find the optimal shot, remember your favorite angles or distances and can be tweaked on the fly through voice commands." According to the website, "It can even upload to your favorite social platform when you're ready. Just say 'Eidolon, Take Selfies. MySpace Angle,' and watch as the Instagram likes come pouring in." Continue reading for more.

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Let's face it, throwing a piece of crumpled paper at a co-worker gets boring after a while. Introducing the Nerf Nuke. Simply load it with 80 darts and activate the arming mechanism, to fire them up to 30 feet when they hit. Best of all, it's a tripod-mounted, direct-plunger system for maximum range and efficacy. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Mpow's 12000mAh Portable Power Bank is currently being offered for only $29.99 shipped with coupon code: PB31MPOW, this week only, originally priced at $65.99. It's made from a Samsung polymer core, which has a much longer charge cycle capacity than normal 12000mAh batteries. Product page - make sure you enter coupon code: PB31MPOW during checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Notable features:
  • Capacity: 12000 mAh; Input: DC 5V / 1A; Output 1: DC 5V / 1A; Output 2: DC 5V / 2.1A; Size: 6 x 2.8 x 0.59 inch; Weight: 10.2oz. Material: Aluminium Alloy. Color: Black.

  • Dual USB ports support two devices charging at the same time.

  • High capacity of 12000mAh fully meets the daily demand of all digital devices.

  • The lightest and most thin power bank in the world.


[via Amazon]

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Just about any cyclist knows that sand or snow is not something you'd want to experience, a new fleet of "fatbikes" aims to change that, starting with Rungu's Juggernaut. It's equipped with three large, soft tires, allowing the bike to practically float over snow and sand. One caveat: it'll set you back at least $2500. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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The Necomimi Brainwave-Controlled Cat Ears are currently being offered for only $61.20 shipped, today only. Put on the headset and the ears will begin to wiggle in sync with what you're thinking: If something catches your eye, your ears will perk up and if you're enjoying yourself, they'll wiggle. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Notable features:
  • Show your emotions in your ears, just like a real kitty.

  • For use by animal lovers aged 14 - adult.

  • Based on research-grade technology trusted by over 400 universities.

  • Conceived in Tokyo, designed in Silicon Valley.


[via Amazon]

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It's official, Facebook is acquiring Oculus VR for $2-billion. This includes $400-million cash and 23.1-million shares of Facebook stock, which has a current value of $1.6-billion. Mark Zuckberg said earlier today Facebook will "focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. We're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face - just by putting on goggles in your home." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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UDI's U818A RC Quadcopter is currently being offered for only $87.39 shipped, today only, originally priced at $499.99. It features an excellent 2.4GHz transmitter and an on-board camera, 6 axis gyro (3 gyro + 3 accelerometer), built-in stabilization, and torquey rotors, which offer instant changes of direction and maneuverability. Product page. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

Notable features:
  • 6-axis gyro with posture control - Integrated design guarantee the precise positioning of the aircraft.

  • 4-channel function provides stable flying and easy operation. Video Camera FPV.

  • High capacity battery and strong power motors enable the helicopter to fly much longer and more efficiently.

  • Charging time is about 120 minutes while flight duration is about 7-9 minutes.

  • Modular Design makes it easy to install and repair. Remote Distance is up to 30m.


[via Amazon]

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