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Hang Gliding Mountain

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If you've only just heard of hang gliding today, it's basically an airport where a pilot flies a light, non-motorized, foot-launched, heavier-than-air aircraft. Most modern versions are made of an aluminum alloy or composite frame covered with synthetic sailcloth to form a wing. Launch techniques include launching from a hill on foot, tow-launching from a ground-based tow system, aero-towing (behind a powered aircraft), powered harnesses, and being towed up by a boat. Professional hang gliding pilot Wolfgang Siess recently recorded his launch off a mountain in Interlaken, Switzerland. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Atlas Robot Parkour

Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot does parkour in the SoftBank-owned company's latest video. The new control software uses the whole body, including legs, arms and torso, to generate energy and strength for jumping over a log as well as leaping up the 40cm steps without breaking its pace. Computer vision technology locates itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Mirror Home Gym

The Mirror Interactive Home Gym looks like any typical wall-mounted mirror when not in use, but turn it on? The LCD behind the reflective surface activates and connects you directly with professional trainers that specialize in cardio, strength, yoga, Pilates, barre, boxing, and stretch workouts. Whether if you're a beginner or expert, it syncs with Bluetooth heart rate monitors or Apple Watch to track your ability to achieve, maintain and recover from target heart rate zones. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Segway Drift W1 e-Skates

Whether it be self-balancing transporters or electric unicycles, Segway has you covered, but now, they've expanded their product lineup to include a pair of electric skates. Called the "Segway Drift W1 e-Skates," these self-balancing roller shoes have special tires that are designed to improve stability and your ability to steer, complete with slip-resistant foot mats. "The new Segway Drift W1 brings all the fun and coolness you expect from Segway's consumer products line, combined with the high-quality engineering consumers expect from the Segway brand," said the company. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and additional information.

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Alan Shepard Golfing Moon

NASA astronaut Alan Shepard made his second space flight as Commander of Apollo 14 from January 31 to February 9, 1971. He piloted the lunar module Antares to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program, and this was the first mission to broadcast extensive color television coverage from the lunar surface, using the Westinghouse Lunar Color Camera. While on the Moon, Shepard used a Wilson six-iron head attached to a lunar sample scoop handle to drive golf balls. Continue reading for another video and pictures of the club itself.

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NARKE Electric Jet Ski

Sleek and stylish, the NARKE Electrojet is essentially a stealth fighter-inspired electric jet ski, or to be more specific, it's touted as the "world's first electric-powered personal watercraft (PWC)." It offers 60 hp of water shredding fun, and is capable of speeds up to 35mph. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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NEC Facial Recognition

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A facial recognition system will be used for the first time across an Olympics as organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games in Tokyo. NEC's NeoFace technology will be customized to monitor every accredited person, which includes athletes, officials, staff and media, at more than 40 venues, games villages and media centers. This is being put in place to eliminate entry with forged IDs, reduce congestion at accredited waiting lines and reduce athletes' stress under the warm weather. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Trident Underwater Scooter

The Trident Underwater Scooter is designed for scuba divers and snorkelers, but just about anyone who wants to zip across the water should try this gadget out. It can dive down to a maximum depth of 164-feet, thanks to a dual propeller system, which delivers up to 26-pounds of thrust. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Awake Ravik Electric Surfboard

The Awake Ravik may not be the first electric surfboard, but this one can be wirelessly controled, and is constructed from a carbon fiber composite. When combined with a 11 kW brushless electric motor, you get a board capable of achieving a top speed of 35mph on the water in just 4-seconds. A fully charged battery will get you 40 minutes of ride time, while the 1" display on the handheld controller shows just how much juice is left, along with the speed and selecting different rider modes. Happen to fall of your board? An automatic kill switch automatically engages, thanks to integrated sensors. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining what's going on with Elon Musk.

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Tesla Surfboard

First, there was Boring Company's flamethrower, now, Tesla apparently released a $1,500 surfboard earlier today, limited to 200-units, which promptly sold out in minutes. "The Limited Edition Tesla Surfboard features a mix of the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes used on all our cars. The deck is reinforced with light-weight 'Black Dart' carbon fiber, inspired by the interiors in our cars, and featuring tonal logos in subtle contrast gloss," according to the product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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