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Double Amputee Mind Control

Leslie Baugh is a former electrician from Colorado who lost both of his arms in an accident some 40-years-ago, and was the first person ever to operate a set of prosthetic limbs that operate bilaterally purely with his thoughts. Created by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), they fitted Les for the brace and socket before having him work with a virtual reality system (VRS). They then used this system to learn his movements and apply the data to the prosthetic limbs themselves, so they would move with intuitive thought control. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Android Asuna

Android Asuna, complete with realistic human skin and facial expressions, made her debut at the Tokyo Designers' Week showcase earlier this month and is called a geminoids. Within 10-years, its inventor, Mr. Takeshi Mita CEO of A-Lab in Tokyo, plans to unveil a fully independent version of the geminoid is expected in 10 years, making her virtually indistinguishable from humans. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy dad who decided to build a dirt bike swing.

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Ultimate Home Flight Simulator

Igor Pernet, a 53-year-old aviation enthusiast has always wanted to become a commercial airline pilot, but his life didn't go quite as planned. So, he did the next best thing...buying a decommissioned Cyprus Airways plane and turning the cockpit into the ultimate home flight simulator, complete with all controls and wraparound projection display. This project took him 2.5-years to complete, but as you can see, it was well worth the effort. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Far Cry 4 in real-life.

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Karate Kid Robot

Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that Google recently acquired, has unveiled the latest iteration of the 6-foot-2, 330-pound ATLAS, and people are now calling it the "Karate Kid Robot", and rightfully so. Researchers at the company have taught the robot to stand on one leg - recreating the iconic crane kick scene from the film in the process. This was made possibly with its 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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The Writer Automaton

The Writer automaton (self-operating machine or robot) was the inspiration for the principle character in the Martin Scorsese's Hugo movie. This 240-year-old machine, comprised of 6000 parts, works by using a crank to wind up the mainsprings before the head as well as eyes start moving for life-likeness, following its own hand movements as it writes. That's not all, the automata even dips its quill into an ink bottle between words. What makes all of this possible are 40 cams with three cam followers that read their shaped edges and translate them into movements of the boy's arm. Controlling them is a large wheel or 'system disk', made up of letters that could be removed, replaced and programmed. The Writer is able to write any custom text up to 40 letters long, spread over four lines.

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Mech Warrior Costume

For many years, Ryan Bowen had the idea of creating a life-sized MechWarrior BattleMech suit, a game he used to play during high school. Within this game, players take control of a single BattleMech and combat other BattleMechs, tanks, infantry, and more, from within the cockpit of their machine. Fast forward to this year, approximately 2-months before his son Geraint was born, he began work on the costume you see above. As you can see, things turned out quite nicely for the now 6-month-old. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Dyson 360 Eye

Most vacuums require lots of elbow grease, but Dyson's 360 Eye is unlike any of its predecessors. James Dyson says it features the most powerful suction of any robot vacuum, along with a futuristic 360-degree vision system with infrared sensors sees capable of seeing in all directions at once. The Eye even selects reference points to track its position. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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We have seen the future of ice cream, and it's probably going to come in all shapes, thanks to 3D printing. MIT students Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker and David Donghyun Kim have created a prototype 3D printer that can make extremely soft serve ice cream in various shapes. According to the trio, "First, we needed to print into a cooled environment so that the ice cream would hold its shape once printed. We bought a small upright freezer which was large enough to both put the Solidoodle inside and allow for the full build volume we were aiming for." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Google's "BigDog" robot, officially known as the 'Legged Squad Support System', is being tested in its first live military trial with Marines in Hawaii. This robotic mule can walk and run over rugged terrain, while following a soldier while carrying 400lbs of their kit and weapons.

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Developed by a Japanese company that Google recently acquired, Schaft is basically a humanoid robot which can walk, climb, use tools and even drive a car. That's not all, the bot also won a military 'robo-olympics' and is set to become the company's first commercial robot. Standing 1.48m (4ft 11in) tall, the robot utilizes a new high-voltage liquid-cooled motor technology that uses a capacitor, rather a battery, for power, enabling its arms move and pivot at higher speeds than would otherwise be possible, in effect giving it stronger 'muscles'. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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