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LoveFab Enviate



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You may not have heard of LoveFab before, but their latest project, the "Enviate", is one hypercar that is a step above the rest, literally. It's set to compete in the Pike's Peak Hill Climb Challenge, thanks to an LS3 V8 engine with Wicked turbochargers that generates between 500-700 horsepower depending on altitude. While the numbers may not be as impressive as the Bugatti Chiron's, it's more than enough to push around the 2,000-pound vehicle. To keep the driver safe, it boasts an intricate tube-frame structure for rigidity, as well as ultra responsive driver inputs, along with minimizing the loss of feedback from the road. 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 explaining why iPhones may never be made in the United States.

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LED Running Track

The all-new Nike Unlimited Stadium installation in Manila, Philippines lets runners race against a digital avatar of themselves. Simply place a radio frequency identification sensor on your sneaker, and then run a lap on the track. Once the first lap is completed, a digital avatar appears on large LED screens. This 200-meter installation was built by global advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty's (BBH) Singapore and spans an entire city block. It's modeled after Nike's new LunarEpic running shoe and lights up in a host of colors while featuring the same circular drawings found shoe's sole. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Jetfoiler E-Foil

Love riding the waves, but don't like surfing? The Jetfoiler E-Foil mibe be just for you. This motorized hydrofoil board hovers above the water's surface once speed is achieved, which means it can be used on rivers, the ocean, or even a lake. It's all made possible by a small motor that's located on the hydrofoil located beneath the water's surface. Continue reading for a video of a pro surfer using the e-foil to shred waves, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of more things you might want, but probably don't need.

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BajaBoard

When ATV meets snowboard, you get the off-road, electric BajaBaord, which is powered by either a 600Wh or 900Wh battery. In just seconds, the board can top 31mph, while its large 10" pneumatic tires with independent suspension for each wheel enables this 4WD machine to traverse over many obstacles. When fully charged, it has an 18-mile range, plenty for most trails. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Maverick X3 Max

Why bother with dirt bikes, when you could be rolling in a Maverick X3 MAX? This four-person ATV is powered by a turbocharged 3-cylinder Rotax Ace engine that generates 154 hp at 7,500 RPM and 113 lb-ft of torque, mated to a QRS-X CVT transmission. To keep the car planted, it comes equipped with a Front A arm suspension and high-end FOX shocks. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Forpheus Ping Pong Robot

Guinness World Records has recognized Forpheus as the "first robot table tennis tutor". The machine, which holds a ping pong paddle, can not only play against a human, but teach them as well. How? It taps artificial intelligence to determine the ability of its opponent, while using two vision sensors to keep a robotic eye on the ball, as well as a movement sensor that focuses on the human player's movement. Cameras located over the table keep track of the ball's position at a staggering rate of 80-times per second.Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Jeep Wrangler Rattletrap

At first, this look like a 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's actually the "RattleTrap" by Martin Barkey Racing Products. Powered by a twin turbocharged 5.9L 12-valve Cummins engine generating 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, it sits on 44x19.5" Pit Bull Rocker Tires that go anywhere. The original body was lengthened, and the frame stretched, to handle the power. Other upgrades include: a custom roof, River Raider tube fenders, an Off Camber Fabrications bumper with 9500lbs Ramsey winch, and Line-X body spray for added durability. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a helicopter pilot who stopped in the middle of a road to ask for directions.

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Can-Am ATV Track System

Install the Apache Backcountry Track System onto a Can-Am ATV, and it becomes a heavy duty snowmobile. This entire kit takes just 20 minutes to put on from start to finish, and once completed, you'll be able to get the best ground clearance, and lowest steering effort on snowy terrain. There's just one problem, you'll have to shell out $3,800 for one of these kits, and that's not including the time you'll spend putting it on. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of adamantium claws taking on a hydraulic press.

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Intel Drones Halftime

Intel used 300 of their custom "Shooting Star" drones to put on a stunning light display during Lady Gaga's Super Bowl LI Halftime Show. More specifically, each drone measures approximately a foot long square, weighs just over eight ounces, and sports a plastic and foam body. They communicate with each other wirelessly using a central computer to execute its dance routine, while the computer checks the battery level as well as the GPS signal strength of each drone just before showtime, and assigns roles accordingly. Reserve units were put on standby, and ready to take over within seconds should one (or many) falter. One thing you may not have known is that Intel had to tape the drone display long before the Super Bowl to avoid violoating airspace rules. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone kayaking down a waterfall in an LED suit.

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Lampuga Air


Lampuga, a subsidiary of Hamburg-based Sashay GmbH, unveils Lampuga Air, an inflatable jet-drive surfboard that boasts a modular design, enabling owners to swap the jet drive between four different hull styles - from the standard 6.5-foot (2-m) surfboard to a short, lie-atop body board. Since an electric jet drive consisting of a motor, battery pack and other components is no small, collapsible piece of hardware, Lampuga builds the Air drive into a separate module, which secures to the hull on site. The jet drive has a 15-hp motor, good for 40-minutes of continuous use on a full charge, while topping out at 29 mph (47 km/h). The rider controls the Air with a wireless handheld controller. 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 of a 1000° red hot rocket knife.

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