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Wingboard


You may have seen the renders, but Wyp Aviation's "Wingboard" is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Simply put, this board will enable riders to surf through the air at more than 100mph being towed by a plane, carving through clouds. "Testing was set up so that the rider and WingBoard would experience the same forces as if they were being towed by an aircraft. The tow line, instead of being attached to an aircraft, was attached approximately 45 feet inside the wind tunnel contraction. Flight testing revealed that the system was extremely stable and easy to fly. Full flight capabilities were achieved within 15 minutes of starting testing and very closely matched predictions," said the company. 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 miniature iPhone knockoff.

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Sea-Doo Sparx Trixx

Always wanted to stunt like a dolphin? If so, then look no further than the new Sea-Doo Spark Trixx Jet Ski. Constructed from a lightweight, high-strength Polytech material, it boasts an extended variable trim system that enables riders to set how high they want to raise the nose (or how deep they want bury it) in the water, while an adjustable riser for the handlebar supports all riding styles. To keep things planted, it comes equipped with step wedges for better traction, all powered by a Rotax 900 HO ACE, good for a top speed of nearly 50 mph. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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KickStick

Rise Robotics' KickStick isn't some motor you attach to a skateboard, but rather a 3-horsepower, direct drive, in-hub brushless motor attached to the end of a staff. This self-propulsion system is used similar to an oar, with a motorized wheel on the end and a pressure-based throttle capable of pushing your skateboard up to 30mph. Simply activate the stick at the push of a button, touch the wheel to the ground, pull the lever, and you'll be ready to roll. Best of all, it's completely battery-powered, making for easy transportation. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a comparison of expensive glowsticks to cheap imitations.

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Rungu Juggernaut

Priced from $4300, the Rungu Electric Juggernaut is an all-electric, three-wheeled bike / trike hybrid that goes anywhere. Each model comes equipped with an electric engine, paired with a 3-phase hub motor that has a 20-mile range and a top speed of 20mph. Ackmermen steering enables you to steer it just like a car. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kayaker's extreme close-up of a breaching humpback whale.

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Glider Yacht

Think of the Super Sports SS18 Glider Yacht as an F1 racer for the water, and it's not just for looks, as the watercraft is capable achieving speeds in excess of 60mph. Fortunately, it has room for more than just one on the open water and comfortably accommodates up to four guests, in addition to the pilot. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Jetboard Surfboard

Summer is winding down for some of us, and there's no better time than now to experience something new. Here's another look at the Jetboard, a jet ski and surfboard hybrid. Power comes from a patented 330cc STXT engine that generates an ample 35-horsepower, paired with a performance-reinforced drivetrain, watertight heavy duty electrical connectors, and an anti-vibration rubber suspended exhaust to ensure safety when trying any tricks. 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 why you should never stand behind a tablesaw.

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Libelule Amphibious Vehicle

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Exploring the oceans in a personal submarine may sound cool, but not many can afford such a luxury. Introducing the Libelule Amphibious Vehicle. Simply step inside the contraption, strap on an oxygen mask, and you're ready to roll, literally. It works by using the water as a ballast, while paddles inside let you traverse the surface and beneath with relative speed. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate gravitational waves demo.

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Photographer Rio Thieves

News Corp. photographer Brett Costello was robbed of a carry-on luggage case full of expensive equipment - $40,000 worth to be exact - on the busy cafe district on Ipanema Beach in the middle of the day. As you can see in the CCTV footage, the brazen theft at Kraft Cafe reveals that Costello was targeted by a three-person gang of thieves. There were two men in business clothes and a blonde woman who scoped Costello out earlier in the day as he took photos. Continue reading to see what happened when the photographer spotted one of the thieves.

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Heaven Sent Jump

Professional skydiver Luke Aikins successfully completed the "Heaven Sent Jump" on television, as he fell 25,000 feet into a net the size of about one-third of a football field, without a parachute. The crazy stunt, a terrifying 15 minutes that lead up to the two-minute free fall was aired on a Fox TV special, but with a tape delay. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pulsing nuclear reactor.

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Skydiver No Parachute

Skydiving is already an extremely dangerous sport, but imagine jumping from an airplane at 25,000-feet without a parachute? Daredevil Luke Aikins will attempt this very stunt tomorrow, and without a wingsuit. He'll have just one chance to land in a safety net the size of a 1/3 the size of a football field while descending at speeds up to 120mph. The total free fall time will be approximately 126-seconds, giving him enough time to maneuver towards the net. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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