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Jamstik+ Smart Guitar

First there was Jamstik, now Zivix has unveiled the new and improved Jamstik+. It's essentially a guitar MIDI controller that uses natural guitar frets and strings, rather than switches and piezo sensors. It offers a wireless BluetoothSmart connection for compatible iOS devices to make connecting simple. Don't know how to play? The included apps will guide you from how to hold a pick correctly to creating your own song. Continue reading for two more videos, the Kickstarter page and more information.

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LEGO Record Player

Most record players aren't the most exciting of musical devices, but "The Planet" just might be the exception. Hand-built by Korean brick master Hayarobi, this complete LEGO-based turntable consists 2,405 pieces, and is powered by a LEGO Power Functions Battery Box, along with a LEGO Power Functions M-Motor. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and additional information.

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Instrument 1

Instrument 1 is when violin, guitar, cello and keyboard are all combined into a single, digital instrument. It basically consists of a board that resembles the fretboard of an electric guitar, complete with six pressure- and velocity-sensitive ridges instead of strings, with a volume and mode knob, as well as bridge buttons, on one end, and speakers on both. A built-in accelerometer allows the device to be aware of its orientation. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page.

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Large Asteroid Impact

Sure, a large asteroid may not impact Earth in our lifetimes, but if one does happen to appear out of nowhere, this simulation shows what it may look like. Anselmo la Manna took this devastating computer simulation - from the 2005 Discovery Channel miniseries Miracle Planet - of a massive 310-mile-wide asteroid impacting the Earth and paired it with Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky." Continue reading to watch.

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon Guitar

Doni's Custom Guitars have built two custom instruments modeled after the iconic Millennium Falcon spacecraft from the Star Wars Universe. The first - Han Solo Guitar - combines a standard six-string electric guitar with an original Millennium Falcon model. The second - Rebel Bass Guitar - is a four-string bass guitar with a Millennium Falcon model. Continue readingfor more pictures and information.

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Unconditional Rebel

Photo credit: Colossal

When you film 80 extras lined up along a dirt road in an industrial area in France at 1000-frames-per-second, something magical happens: an entire 3.5-minute music video made from just 5-seconds of footage. Put simply, a car drove by at 31mph and filmed them engaging in a host of activities. French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello describes it as "the shortest shooting ever" and what unfolded as a "dreamlike mural." Sure, there were a few digital effects added later, but the ensuing "Unconditional Rebel" music video by French musician Siska is a conversation piece nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Millennium Falcon Turntable

Photo credit: Picotek Designs via Laughing Squid

Officially known as the "Millennium 1200", this custom-built turntable is based on a Technics SL-1200 and fitted inside a Star Wars Millennium Falcon toy from 1977. Musical instrument repairman Marco Garza bought this old toy for a mere $2 and gathered additional parts from Green Guy Recycling. After all was said and done, it took approximately 9-months to transform this from toy to turntable. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an absolutely massive flock of birds in the Netherlands flying around

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How to Play Happy Birthday Phone Number Pad Keypad

Sure, we have SnapChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and thousands of other social media apps now, but some people still prefer calling each other to say Happy Birthday. For those who want to add an extra brick / flip phone touch to their greeting, you can use the digits above on your number pad to play the Happy Birthday songs while you're at it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an amazing 4-year-old Bruce Lee impersonator.

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Viktoria Modesta Amputee Pop star

Viktoria Modesta's leg / hip were dislocated during her birth and she endured 15 surgeries before persuading surgeons to amputate her leg, but that didn't stop her from becoming a world famous pop star. This Latvian-born star moved to London in hopes of better treatment, and the rest is history. She said: "I didn't get here by wishing that the world just accepted me, I got here by working really, really hard and believing that the script that was written for me wasn't the one that I was going to live." Continue reading for her music video, more pictures and additional information.

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Hurdy Gurdy

You might think this is a futuristic weapon of some sort, but it's just a Hurdy Gurdy. This is basically a stringed instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents - small wedges, typically made of wood - against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board to make the vibration of the strings audible. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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