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Awesome Gadgets and Technologies

With the way things are headed, it's not too farfetched to say that everything will soon be smartphone-controlled, but there are still some brilliant ideas being churned out by inventors, including the five examples you see above. Our favorite? Definitely the IQ Alarm Clock, but let's just hope the questions can constantly be updated via Wi-Fi, and that there are user-selectable difficulty levels. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how laser tattoo removal works.

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Pocket Solar Charger

Sure, many gadgets today have built-in lithium-ion batteries, but for those that still require them, rechargeable is the way to go, as they save both money and reduce hazardous waste. Unfortunately, many require charging times in excess of 4 hours. So, Instructables user Shawn Frayne decided to show the internet how to create a pocket-sized solar battery charger using just a playing card and some supplies. Continue reading for a video and the instructions.

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Windowless Plane

We have seen the future of passenger planes, and they'll probably be windowless. Sounds depressing, right? Well, before you let that thought sink in, just imagine that this plane's interior is lined with ultra-thin displays that show images from outside the plane. The displays can mirror whatever is outside in accordance with how passengers look around - think a giant smartphone touchscreen. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Kenguru Wheelchair Car

Kenguru is a futuristic, single-person electric car designed specially for those in wheelchairs. Its unique design allows them to easily enter the vehicle and drive around, as the wheelchairs can easily be rolled into their car from the back. You're then able to securely strap it in, and start driving. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Colorized Photos

Photo credit: Colored History

Twitter user ColoredHistory specializes in giving old black and white photos new life, with some color. Computerized colorization began in the 1970s with a process developed by Wilson Markle. Movies colorized using early techniques have soft contrast and fairly pale, flat, washed out color; however, the technology has improved since the 1980s. To perform digital colorization, a digitized copy of the best monochrome film print available is needed. Technicians, with the aid of computer software, associate a range of gray levels to each object, and indicate to the computer any movement of the objects within a shot. Continue reading to see more.

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HENDO Hoverboard

Always wanted a hoverboard like the one Marty McFly used in Back to the Future? If so, you may soon be able to purchase one just like it for a cool $10,000. One caveat: it requires a metal floor beneath you. Los Gatos-based startup Arx Pax is making the HENDO a reality, with the board itself relying on four disc-shaped hover engines that generate an electromagnetic field over a conductive surface (like copper sheeting), which in turn creates an opposing field within the surface. The two fields then repel each other, allowing the board to hover about an inch off the ground. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Automated Store

Before these unusual vending machines, there was Keedoozle. It's basically a vending machine-style supermarket from 1948 that was founded by Clarence Saunders. This store was ahead of its time and proposed to be the world's first self-serving store. Unfortunately, the logistics of such a process were not ironed out, as selecting an item required shoppers to have keys. Electric circuits caused perforations to be cut in a ticker tape attached to the face of the customer's key. The customer then took the punched out tape to the cashier for processing. The cashier would insert the tape into a reading mechanism that would electronically read it. That set off electrical and electronic circuits which started the goods sliding down conveyor belts and did the cost tallying in the process. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Past Technology

If someone asked us what we think the year 2100 is going to be like, it'd probably be filled with holodecks, flying cars, and other crazy things. Between the years of 1899 and 1900, Hildebrands - a German chocolate company - created a series of postcards called "Life in the Year 2000." As you can see, these postcards showed all kinds of crazy concepts about what people thought the year 2000 was going to be like. Continue reading to see them all.

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Trading Setup

Stocks aren't doing so well right now, but there are still many people who trade for a living. These multi-display computer setups are designed to show as much information as possible. Many of those displays are used to show charts and some are reserved for financial television shows, like Bloomberg's "Money Makers". Continue reading to see them all.

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Drones Star Wars

Drone pilots of the Airgonay drone club took their vehicles to a dense forest in the French Alps to recreate a Star Wars pod race in real-life. A total of 24 competitors raced their drones through the 150 m (492 ft) course, made entirely up of quadcopters and multicopters customized for an optimal balance of speed and agility. There were many obstacles, including trees, rival drones, low-hanging branches and even a few lighting issues, but that didn't stop the racers, as they darted through the forest at speeds as high as 50 km/h (31 mph). Continue reading for the video and more information.

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