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VOLIRO Omnidirectional Hexacopter

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), have unveiled VOLIRO, a hexacopter drone capable of performing stunts unlike any other, thanks to its six independently rotating propellers. In other words, it can take off vertically and go straight into a barrel roll or even climb a wall. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Apple Currency

With Apple stock reaching all-time highs even before the iPhone 8 release, it could become the world's first trillion-dollar company by the end of this year. Designer Jade Dalloul shows us what their very own currency could look like, along with other famous companies, such as Microsoft and McDonalds. Continue reading for more pictures.

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LifeCard Credit Card Handgun

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Trailblazer Firearms' LifeCard .22LR looks like a credit card, but it's actually a fully-functional folding handgun. The $400 weapon measures in at 3.3-inches long, 2.1-inches high, and .5-inches thick, making it slightly less bulky than most wallets on the market. The gun itself is machined from aluminum billet, complete with a hard-coat black anodization. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Credit Card Ax

SURVCO's Tactical Credit Card Ax fits in your wallet and can be used for everything from spearing a fish to skinning fish to cutting wood, all for $23.13, today only, originally $39.99. Its functions include: a tomahawk, ax, knife, scraper, skinner, shovel, arrow, spear, spear-thrower, saw, seatbelt cutter, bottle opener, water valve wrench, gas valve wrench, nail puller, 1/4" socket, 3/8" socket, 7/16" wrench and flat head screw driver. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Punch-Activated Flamethrower

Flamethrowers are nothing new, but this punch-activated version just might be the coolest ever. The punch activated part is controlled with an Arduino Pro Mini and an accelerometer. A fist performing a punch has a fairly unique acceleration profile that looks like a significant positive acceleration, followed by an extreme deceleration within a short time window(<100ms), which means the Arduino can distinguish punches from normal everyday gesticulations pretty easily. "Once everything is mounted to an arm, we have a flamethrower that can be actuated by an Arduino only when the arm has thrown a punch," according to its creator(s). Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone using primitive technology to craft a pair of functional sandals.

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Supreme Brick Louis Vuitton

Supreme is best known for their limited edition clothing pieces, but last year, the company released a brick embossed with its logo, and it sold out very quickly to say the least. Now one fan, Doug Schwartz, has taken this piece and encased it in a Louis Vuitton monogrammed cube to confront "our collective hypnosis and seduction with material objects in relationship to how fashion continually reinvents itself at an exponential pace." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Volterman Smart Wallet

There's smart wallets, and then the "Volterman", which comes equipped with an integrated alarm system, global GPS tracking system, RFID protection, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a built-in front-facing camera that snaps photos of whoever tries to steal it. To keep things extra secure, the distance-sensitive alarm system is activated once you've paired the card holder with your smartphone - every time the distance between phone and wallet goes over a certain threshold, it goes off. Continue reading for a hands-on review and more information.

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Elite Tek Batmobile

The Justice League Movie Elite-Tek Batmobile looks like a toy at first, but it's actually a nifty smartphone-controlled cyborg, or at least Mattel thinks so. The vehicle's cockpit has a built in camera that transmits the driver's POV to a smart phone for a thrilling, front seat ride! Place the highly detailed, new movie Batman action figure behind the wheel and speed to the crime scene. See smoke release from the tailpipe and the engine roar. Pre-order one here now. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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3D-Printed Nerf Gun

Nerf blasters come in all shapes and sizes, but for a truly DIY feel, there's no better feeling than 3D-printing your own. That's exactly what "OutofDarts" did with his creation, called "Sylphrena", which is essentially a fully automatic Nerf Rival-style blaster that holds 65 rounds and features a simple flip top cap for reloading on the fly. It utilizes a brushless blower, flywheels and a pusher wheel to feed the balls. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Comic Con-exclusive Justice League movie sneak peak.

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Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder

Radio Flyer may not be synonymous with the Star Wars universe, but that's all about to change, with their latest vehicle. This miniaturized Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder is not just a toy or prop, but something kids can actually ride around the neighborhood. It's powered by a 12V rechargeable battery, has two seats and a maximum load capacity of 130 pounds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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