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$1 Million Robot

For a cool $1-million, Kuratas, the Gundam-inspired rideable robot by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, can now be yours. This machine is equipped with a gatling gun capable of shooting 6,000 BB bullets a minute, which starts firing when the pilot smiles. It can be controlled either through the one-man cockpit or with a data-enabled smartphone. Unfortunately, as of right now, it only ships to the Kanto region of Japan, and is advertised as a kit, which means you should have a Japanese-reading engineer on-hand to help you piece things together. If you're extremely wealthy and want one at all costs, these two caveats will be trivial. Continue reading for more images of the actual robot and a link to its product page.

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HAL Exoskeleton

The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb is a powered exoskeleton suit developed by Japan's Tsukuba University and the robotics company CYBERDYNE. When a person attempts to move their body, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles through the motor neurons, moving the musculoskeletal system. When this happens, small biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. The HAL suit registers these signals through a sensor attached to the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit moves the joint to support and amplify the wearer's motion. Continue reading for more.

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iPhone M&M Candy Sorter

Even though M&M's all have the same chocolate center, some people just prefer certain colors over others. The DIY sorter claims to be faster that most sorters, which uses the iPhone 5S camera, instead of the traditional way of registering a sweets' color using a sensor before dropping them into rotating containers. Simply put, once the camera recognizes the M&M's color, a Bluetooth module attached to an Arduino-powered motor fires off the correct electromagnet gate to do the physical sorting. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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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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