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Real Millennium Falcon Cockpit

Greg Dietrich, Jake Polatty, and a group of Star Wars fans have spent the past 6-years building a life-sized Millennium Falcon cockpit inside a garage in Huntsville, Alabama, complete with hundreds of lights that glow from the flight console, blink behind radar units, and clicking analog switches. "As I'm posting images of the build, someone says 'you know if you build the console you've got to build the back wall,'" said Dietrich. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an invention that could save natural disaster victims.

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HoloLens Mario Bros

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 can be found in all types of games, including Minecraft, but Abhishek Singh decided to combine the stage with Microsoft's HoloLens in Central Park, and this augmented reality experience is the result. Yes, the obstacles require one to walk around them rather than jump, but since none of them exist as physical barriers, things can get a bit scary. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an original 2007 iPhone unboxing.

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TrackingPoint Mi50 Rifle


When you combine TrackingPoint's electronically controlled sighting systems with a .50-caliber BMG rifle, you get the precision-guided Mi50 rifle, the company's largest yet. It's based on a Barrett M107A1 platform and can calculate crucial ballistic information for long-range shots, all at the push of a button, which includes pressure, temperature, and the Coriolis effect. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of rainbow paint on a speaker at 12,500 fps.

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Disney Facial Recognition

Disney Research has developed the first real-time high-fidelity facial capture method to enhance a global real-time face tracker, which provides a low-resolution face mesh, with local regressors that add in medium-scale details, such as expression wrinkles. The team discovered that although wrinkles appear in different scales and at different locations on the face, they are locally very self-similar and their visual appearance is a direct consequence of their local shape. Therefore in order to train local regressors from high-resolution capture data, they proposed an automatic way to detect and align the local patches required to train the regressors and run them efficiently in real-time. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a true all-screen smartphone.

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LEGO Augmented Reality

The MIT Media Lab is known for their innovative projects, and this latest one that combines LEGO with augmented reality, is no exception. MIT's Changing Places group was created to tackle large challenges like fighting pollution and urban modeling, with the latter being solved using these two technologies. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of twelve brilliant Marvel movie details you might've missed.

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Real Iron Man Hulkbuster

British inventors Colin Furze and James Bruton managed to build a 10.5-foot tall Hulkbuster suit that is not only strong, but also able to lift, and repeatedly drop, heavy items. However the most impressive feature is that there's enough room for an adult to ride inside, enabling them to control it using a custom-built joystick. While it can't walk manually, the suit does boast a working flamethrower in one hand. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to start a fire with a hammer.

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Disney Soft Robotic Arm

Disney Research has created a Big Hero 6-inspired soft arm and hand for physical human-robot interaction. Featuring two air-filled force sensing modules that passively absorb impact and provide contact force feedback, as well as an inflated outer cover which encloses the arm's underlying mechanisms / force sensing modules. It also comes equipped with an internal projector to project a display on the inside of the cover which is visible from the outside. At the end of the arm is a 3D printed hand with air-filled, force sensing fingertips. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a fascinating density ball.

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Flyer 60 Tactical Vehicle


Unlike other military tactical vehicles, General Dynamics' Flyer 60 Lightweight Tactical Vehicle was designed to fit into a V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft for easy transportation, while maintaining a 1:1 ratio of payload to vehicle weight. The Flyer 60 itself boasts an operational range of 425 miles and is powered by a 195-hp engine with a 70 mph top speed. The modular vehicle can also be reconfigured for various mission types, such as an armored frontline gunner to just a lightweight people carrier. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of five unbelievable facts about how much money Avengers: Infinity War has made.

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POV Hologram

Persistence of Vision (POV) has been used for LED display devices that compose images by displaying one spatial portion at a time in rapid succession (for example, one column of pixels every few milliseconds). These devices can also be used to give the illusion of an image floating in mid-air, while a three-dimensional POV display is often constructed using a 2D grid of LEDs which is swept or rotated through a volume. 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 how to make ninja throwing stars.

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Huracan Camera Car

You've probably seen the Lamborghini Huracan-based "Huracam", but now a new video has surfaced of the world's fastest camera car in-action. It comes equipped with a 5-axis gyro-stabilized mount that accepts any camera and lens combo, all the while keeping it stable up to 3000mm and 380 knots. The gimbal has a 'slew rate' of 240° per second, enabling the driver and camera operator to keep up with other vehicles on the racetrack. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the world's largest Fortnite gaming setup.

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