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The TriFan 600 VTOL by Denver, Colorado-based XTI Aircraft looks like a small jet, but it utilizes three-ducted fans to takeoff and land vertically from heliport-sized areas. In just seconds, the six-passenger (5 + 1 pilot) aircraft's two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to high-speed flight. It reaching a maximum 400mph cruising speed at 30,000-feet in 90-seconds and can travel up to 1,200-miles without refueling. "We fully expect that investors, especially crowdfunders and those with an interest in aviation, will be drawn to the idea of having their own 'Kitty Hawk' moment by being part of a truly new aircraft program that will change flight as we know it,' said XTI. 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 one of an awesome transforming Optimus Prime Transformers birthday cake.

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Gurkha RPV

If the Tumbler were crossed with a tank, Gurkha's 19,500-pound RPV Civilian Edition would be the result. Based on the Ford F-550 chassis, it's powered by a 6.7L Powerstroke diesel generating 300-horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. You also get full exterior LED lighting, remote power door locks and GPS navigation. Options on this 4x4 beast include: a front winch for off-road applications or a rear trailer hitch to haul your race car to the track. 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 one of a highly volatile substance that explodes when disturbed.

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XTERRAIN Electric Fat Bike


While there are plenty of off-road electric bikes on the market now, the XTERRAIN500 adds the unique ability of swapping in a 10-inch-wide tire up front. This strange setup supposedly provides the front end with lots of float to prevent it from getting bogged down on soft surfaces, such as sand. Its 500-watt/48-volt electric rear hub motor is powered by a Samsung 48V 9-Ah battery, enabling it to achieve a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), with a 25 mile range on a single charge. Expect to shell out $1,600 once it hits stores. 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 10 amazing liquid science tricks that will boggle your mind.

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TerraMax Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Oshkosh's TerraMax is basically unmanned ground vehicle technology - consisting of a high definition LIDAR system, a wide dynamic range camera, a short wave infrared camera, four situational awareness cameras, 12 short range radar systems and three long range radar systems - installed on a 6x6 autonomous MTVR-based tactical cargo hauler. This massive vehicle is autonomously controlled by an operator control unit (OCU). It can be operated fully autonomously in any position in the convoy, or semi-autonomously to follow the path of the lead vehicle. The TerraMax is now supplied to the U.S. and British military, and used in reconnaissance missions and freight transport in high-risk areas so freeing soldiers from possible attacks or ambushes. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a Star Wars: A New Hope outtakes reel you probably haven't seen before.

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Paradigm SRP Talon

Paradigm's SRP Talon is essentially a high-tech weapon that can be mounted and removed from any vehicle. Extreme precision is achieved by incorporating state of the art military-spec gyros, high speed servos, along with advanced circuitry into a precision machined two-axis turret. The weapon's MEMS gyros send out digital attitude data to the high speed servo motors via a custom engineered and programmed circuit board - allowing stabilization correction solutions to be made thousands of times per second. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when Mario Kart meets skateboarding.

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BvS 10 Armored Vehicle

Think of the BvS 10 (Viking) as two tanks in one, as this all-terrain armored vehicle produced by BAE Systems Land Systems consists of two linked tracked units. The vehicle design allows for upgrades and for the installation of modular subsystems to suit specific operational requirements, including add-on armor, a range of weapon mounts and load changers and standard cargo platforms. Bolt-on armour plates provide protection against 7.62mm armor piercing rounds and 152mm artillery shell fragments from a range of more than 10m. It's powered by a 5.9L in-line six-cylinder turbo diesel engine designed by Cummins and producing 250bhp @ 2,600rpm and 840Nm of torque @ 1,600rpm. The Viking can ford through water up to a depth of 1.5m without preparation, making it fully amphibious, and capable of swimming in deeper water with less than two minutes preparation including closing holes and fitting a front vane to prevent a bow wave washing over the front windows. 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 one on how to make your own matchbox microphone.

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Pal-V Flying Car

At 950kg (2094lb), the PAL-V ONE is an autogyro with a foldable pusher propeller providing forward thrust and a free-spinning rotor providing lift. Directional stability is provided by twin boom-mounted tailfins. On the ground, the propeller and rotor are stopped and power is diverted to the wheels, allowing it to travel as a three-wheeled car. It leans into turns like a motorcycle, a solution pioneered by the Carver vehicle, also produced by a Dutch company. This vehicle has two seats and a 160 kW flight certified gasoline engine, giving it a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph) on land and in air. The manufacturer announced the flying car is going into production, with a limited edition run of 45-units at €500,000, with first deliveries happening in 2016-2017. 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 one of "The Greatest Crossbow" ever.

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Amphibious Sub-Surface Watercraft

This amphibious sub-surface watercraft provides both above and underwater viewing options. It's ideal for exploring underwater environments without the need for a fully submersible craft, because this watercraft's buoyant above-water upper hull and two-person cockpit provides 180° surface views. The inverted 1 1/2"-thick acrylic hemisphere below provides seating for an additional two passengers underwater views. The two horizontally oriented underwater thrusters are controlled upstairs, and provide up to 6 knots forward/4 knots backward movement as well as 360° turns. On land, each of the craft's ground track systems are driven by dedicated 48-volt intercooled electric motors, enabling their heavy-duty rubber tracks to climb 30° gradients for easy ocean, lake, or boat ramp-based water entry and egress. Two 24-volt lithium battery packs provide up to 110-hours of water operation and 8-hours on land. 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 one of a hexagon cake knife that solves a problem you never had.

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The Marauder

Think of Paramount Group's The Marauder as a 10-ton tank on wheels, as this heavily armored (double-skin monocoque hull) vehicle is capable of withstanding land mine explosions, blasts from ballistic missiles and can even smash through walls without suffering any irreparable damage. Powered by a turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel engine, it can hit speeds of up to 75mph on road. The Marauder's payload capacity allows for the fitting of various defense and weapons systems, including light and medium-caliber machine guns, cannon weapon installations, and missile launchers, as well as command, surveillance, and control systems. The vehicle can be configured such that mortars may be fired from the payload platform. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for today's five most popular viral videos, including a real-life FPS with a dash of Chatroulette.

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Mask Extract Oxygen Water

Sure, you may have heard about "Triton" a while back, but now it might finally be going into production. Simply put as possible, users just bite down on the plastic mouthpiece and you'll be ready for the gill-like arms of the scuba mask bring you closer to that 16-foot great white. Once water passes through the gills, their inner chambers separate the hydrogen from the oxygen and release it, passing on breathable air to you. Using a tiny, but powerful, micro-compressor, it compresses the oxygen and then stores it in a special tank. 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 one of a weaponized Frisbee.

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