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Behind the Scenes Star Wars

Photo credit: Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew, best known as the 7' 3" actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films decided to share rare behind-the-scenes images of the cast and crew. They give us a fascinating glimpse into the creative process behind one of the most iconic film series of all time. Did you know that Chewbacca was actually inspired by George Lucas' big, hairy Alaskan malamute, Indian? That's right, the dog would always sit in the passenger seat of his car like a copilot, and people mistook it for a real person. 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, including of someone using a drone in the most unexpected way.

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iPhone 6S Pictures

Photo credit: Martin H.

Apple's iPhone 6S is rumored to come with 2GB of RAM and Force Touch technology, which enables the display to detect the difference between a light tap and a hard press, enabling you to access new types of gestures and controls. In addition to this rumor, patent filings published on Thursday revealed that Apple is experimenting with waterproofing methods for future iPhones and iOS devices. The images above show a Rose Gold model, which has a copperish tint. 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, including one of an amazing hand-forged replica of Link's Hylian Shield.

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The Bionic Boot


Could you imaging yourself winning a race against Usain Bolt? Probably not, that is unless...you had a pair of these bionic boots. Invented by Keahi Seymour, these boots have ultra light springs incorporated in them and are designed after the achilles tendon of ostriches thus providing more force to the user's movement. Seymour demonstrated the latest version of Bionic Boots at the Maker Faire in New York, and they allowed anyone to reach speeds of up to 25mph. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a self-assembling table saw.

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Amazing Engineering Feats

Researchers achieved many engineering feats last year in 2014, including building a working hoverboard, performing a record-setting 43 terabit / second data transfer, WiTriCity's wireless electricity technology and more. Our favorite? It definitely has to be the Hendo Hoverboard. This is how it works: four plate-shaped hover engines on the bottom of the board create a magnetic field that induces a secondary magnetic field in a conductive copper surface - although aluminum under concrete works as well. Co-founder of Arx Pax Greg Henderson, who developed the hoverboard, says: "This is not the end, this is just the beginning of where this technology can go. When you discover that you can levitate a dynamic load in a stationary position, can you think of anything more exciting than a hoverboard?" Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to turn Styrofoam into solid aluminum.

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Star Wars Imperial Destroyer


Geek and Star Wars fanatic Olivier C from France specializes in building custom housing for quadcopters that become the awesome "Star Wars" drones - like TIE Fighter - you've been looking for. For this latest project, he's built an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, and in the video above, you'll see test flights of it soaring above the skies of Southern France, complete with custom LED lights perfect for night missions. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular videos of today, including one of the most incredible paper airplane throws you'll ever see.

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Catstacam

If you'd rather your cat take their own Instagram photos, there's now a wearable camera being developed to do exactly that. Introducing Catstacam, a wearable collar camera that will automatically take photos and then post them to any Instagram account you have set up for them. It's being made by Whiskas - best known for their cat food - and according to them, the camera works by automatically snapping 6 photographs each minute and sharing them on Instagram when the device has internet connectivity. The company is currently beta testing the camera with a few cats owned by celebrities. There's no word yet on pricing or availability. 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, including one that explains what really happens when you crack your knuckles.

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Bookniture Book Furniture

At first glance, this appears to be just a normal book, but flip it open, and you have some extremely compact furniture. You can either store or carry it around just like you would a book. This can be used in numerous ways: a stool, footrest, nightstand, standing work desk or just stack it up and make a table and chair set. Outdoors? Add a wood board on top of 2 Bookniture books to make it a bench. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Dark Lord Funk, the Star Wars parody of Uptown Funk.

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Game Changing Inventions

Sometimes, less is more, and it's even more true when you throw in some creativity. For example, the vanishing doorknob. This simple invention has a knob that retracts into the door when locked. To make it even safer, you could remove the little key / card hole at the bottom and have it have some sort of biometric scanner. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including Nissan's glow-in-the-dark electric Leaf vehicle.

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Runcible Circular Smartphone

It seems like most smartphone manufacturers only care for slimmer designs and larger displays, but Berkely-based Monohm aims to change that with the Runcible. Sporting a completely circular design, complete with a convex wooden back designed to nestle in your palm, it features a display on the front and rear-facing camera. The company says you'll still be able to make calls, browse the web, text, snap photos and more. Anderson, Monohm's CEO, says: "The form factor has a long history -- magic stones in your hand, compasses, women's compacts." No word yet on pricing, but it's rumored to cost $600+. 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, including The Matrix lobby scene recreated with LEGO bricks.

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Unusual Home Inventions

Let's face it, sitting on the couch for an entire day can get tiring, and that's why this transformable sleeper was invented. Tired of sitting upright? Fold down the bottom cushion for a lounging position. Or, just fold the backrest down for a quick nap. Now while you're there, the laptop bed desk might come in handy, as it comes complete with a drink holder and mousepad area. 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, including a rare look at a saw-powered ice boat.

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