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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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Smartphone Halloween

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober now spends his time creating high-tech costumes using gadgets like smartphones and tablets. His latest creations uses a free app that brings your costumes to life. A few years ago Mark Rober became an internet star with a costume that used two iPads to make it look like a hole had been blasted through his stomach. Fast forward to today, he's fabricated a line of terrifying t-shirts and monstrous masks that have special smartphone pockets. Continue reading for the video.

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Cat Ear Headphones

Photo credit: Axent Wear

Wenqing Yan and Victoria Hu are both fans of high-tech music gadgets. So, they went ahead and created these nifty cat ear-inspired headphones, complete with external cat ear speakers, LED lights, detachable cord, plush ear cushioning and rechargeable batteries to boot. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a first look at Disney's Tomorrowland.

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Local Motors Strati 3D Printed Car

You can either buy a car from a local dealership, or have a Local Motors Strati printed at home in 44-hours. This company created the world's first 3D-printed car from ABS plastic reinforced with carbon fiber. While you may have seen similar vehicles, this is truly the first that has the body and chassis of the vehicle printed together. The company says, "The 3D-printed car is going to change the way car manufacturers create vehicles. By cutting down the time and cost to build cars, Local Motors has shown the automotive world that things need to change. This line of vehicle is the catalyst, and you can be the first to own it." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny homework questions and fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a spinning chocolate cake that will blow your mind.

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Tesla Model S P85D

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Priced at $120,000 for a top-of-the-line Model S P85D, this newly unveiled P85D has a dual motor - the same system coming to the all-wheel-drive Model X next year - that pumps at 691hp as well as 687 lb-ft of torque that boost it from 0-60mph in just 3.2 seconds, which is a full second quicker than the standard P85. If that's still not enough for you adrenaline junkies, the 1g of lateral acceleration will definitely help you on track days. Continue reading to see its driver assist function in-action and for more pictures.

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Blitzer Railgun

A railgun is basically an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor. A railgun comprises a pair of parallel conducting rails, along which a sliding armature is accelerated by the electromagnetic effects of a current that flows down one rail, into the armature and then back along the other rail. Continue reading for more.

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