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PuzzlePhone Modular Phone


You've been reading about the PuzzlePhone for quite some time now, but a prototype has been unveiled, along with the base specifications. Just to recap, this innovative smartphone incorporates three easily replaceable modules: "the Brain" (CPU, etc.), "the Heart" (battery), and "the Spine" (display). This means you'll be able to upgrade things on the fly, as new components are released. The base model will come equipped with a 5" full HD display, an 8-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 12MP main camera, 5MP front-facing camera, up to 64GB of internal storage, USB Type-C, all running the latest version of Android. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including on amazing Star Trek fan film called "Chasing the Infinite Sky".

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3D-Printed Robot

The octopus is a fascinating creature, known as escape artists of the sea, capable of squeezing themselves into just about any space. Harvard researchers managed to create Octobot, the world's first completely soft-bodied robot, with a silicone exterior. Instead of batteries or wires, it uses a small reservoir of hydrogen peroxide as fuel. When this chemical washes over the flecks of platinum embedded within the robot, it results in a chemical reaction that produces gas to inflate and flex its arms. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Bi-Folding Smartphone

Most smartphones are trying to slim down, while that may be good for your pocket, it detracts from the gaming, social media, and web browsing experiences. LUNARK aims to change that. When folded, it just looks like a slightly bulky smartphone, but fold open the two halves, and you'll be greeted with dual touchscreens that can either be used separately, or together as a single display. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Hacker Self-Driving Car

San Francisco-based hacker George Hotz, best known for his iPhone jailbreaking skills, has created his own self-driving car technology. The current version uses a 2016 Acura ILX as a test platform, and consists of a 21.5" display, a mini Linux-powered computer, GPS sensors built into the glove compartment, and cameras mounted around the car. Custom software enables the hardware "learn" to drive intuitively, like a human would. "We have not told this car anything about driving. We've shown it 10 hours of human driving footage, and we're like, Here is what the human did. Behave like that human as much as you can. And you get all of this intuition that you'd never really get in a really big system," said Hotz. Continue reading for three more cool car technologies.

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Solar-Powered Pipe Water

At first, this may appear to be a cigar-shaped UFO, but it's actually a solar-powered pipe, designed by Khalili Engineers, that desalinates up to 1.5-billion gallons of ocean water each year. "Above, solar panels provide power to pump seawater through an electromagnetic filtration process below the pool deck, quietly providing the salt bath with its healing water and the city with clean drinking water. What results are two products: pure drinkable water that is directed into the city's primary water piping grid, and clear water with twelve percent salinity. The drinking water is piped to shore, while the salt water supplies the thermal baths before it is redirected back to the ocean through a smart release system, mitigating most of the usual problems associated with returning brine water to the sea," said the design team. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has just been unveiled, and it's a doozy. At $3499, it features a 30.4-megapixel full frame sensor, a 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage, 100-32000 ISO range (50-102400 expansion), and 4K video recording at 30p or 24p. Fast operation is enhanced with Canon's DIGIC 6+ Image Processor, which provides continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS and an easy-to-navigate 3.2" touch-panel LCD allow the camera to become an extension of you. Pre-order one here now. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Touch Sense Phone

It's only a matter of time before all of our mobile devices replace buttons with touch-sensitive displays / surfaces, and they could look like the Touch.Sense. This smartphone is covered with touchscreens, and includes a built-in bio health monitor that works with the camera, as well as the internet, to accurately detect internal health problems - irregular heartbeat, etc. When something is detected, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment options are displayed in a special app. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Bulldog Firetruck

Normal firetrucks are adequate for most emergency situations, but when there are extreme fires, like the ones in California this summer, you'll probably want to fight them in a Bulldog 4x4. Sitting on massive 54" military-grade tires and a two inch chassis cage, this beast has 24" of ground clearance to traverse over any obstacle and a 2,000-gallon water foam carrying capacity. There are even built-in hoses located in the front bumper for extra fire-fighting power. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Airlander 10, the world's largest aircraft, crashing into the ground.

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RoboCar Devbot

We have seen the future of racing, and it will be driverless, starting with the RoboCar. Officially called "DevBot," this autonomous racer is modeled after a Le Mans prototype with full canopy, while the body is full carbon fiber to keep the weight down. This prototype has an exposed engine cover, but as you can hear in the video, a whine of an electric motor is present. The team says that the prototype boasts the same drivetrain, sensors, computation systems, and communication tech as the RoboCar concept revealed in March. Continue reading to see images of the original concept and what could possibly be the final form.

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Tesla Model S P100D

The LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder may be faster than Tesla's new Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode, both of them are limited edition models. The latter is all-wheel drive, has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity. Powered by a 100 kWh battery, it can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.5-seconds, while giving it a 315-mile range, making it the first all-electric to break the 300 mile barrier. "Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous, but not taken delivery, can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000. Existing P90D Ludicrous owners can also upgrade to a 100 kWh pack, but for $20,000, as their used 90 kWh pack will have to be recycled," according to the press release. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral videos of Saturday Night Live stars breaking character.

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