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Automatic Bullseye Dartboard

Former NASA engineer Mark Rober spent the past 3-years creating a robotic dartboard that almost guarantees a bullseye every throw, or at least if the conditions are met. His creation consists of a Vicon motion capture system with 6-cameras that track the dart using infrared LEDs and darts equipped with retro-reflectors attached, which are used determine its exact location in 3D space. The trajectory of the dart can be then calculated with physics to predict where it will hit with extreme accuracy. The dartboard itself is attached to two sliders with a system of six stepper motors to maneuver it around. Once the motion tracking system calculates the bullseye location, a computer then transmits instructions to move the board, and all of this happens in milliseconds. 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 the world's simplest electric train.

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SmartFlower

Forget unsightly roof-mounted panels, the SmartFlower solar power system is plug-and-play, meaning once installed, its 'petals' that automatically bloom when the sun rises in the morning, while tracking it throughout the day for maximum efficiency. The device consists of eighteen M2 solar module fans, which generate electricity like traditional panels to power your home. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a guy who figured out how to control Super Mario Kart with his car steering wheel.

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Michael Airless Tires

For those who haven't heard of Michelin's Tweel, it's basically tire technology that does not use a bladder full of compressed air, thus it cannot burst, leak pressure, or become flat. Instead, the Tweel assembly's inner hub connects to flexible polyurethane spokes which are used to support an outer rim and these engineered compliant components assume the shock-absorbing role provided by the compressed air in a traditional tire. Now, the company has pit their technology against three conventional tires mounted on loaders. 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 how to build your own PC case from scratch.

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Aqualia Water-Powered Car

Turning wastewater into sustainable fuel is quite the task, but the production and consumption of this new biofuel, created through the partnership between Aqualia and SEAT, reduces CO2 emissions by 80% compared to petrol powered vehicles. More specifically, wastewater is separated from sludge in treatment plants to create biomethane, which then becomes gas after a fermentation treatment. After a purification and enrichment process, the biogas can then be utilized as fuel. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a nuclear reactor at work.

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Lockheed Martin Laser Weapon

Lockheed Martin's combined fiber laser uses multiple beams generated through fiber optics to focus a single, intense laser beam on its target, and the company is set to delivery its first 60 kilowatts system to the US Army. An earlier 30kW fiber laser weapon was used by Lockheed Martin disable a truck from over a mile away back in 2015. "The inherent scalability of this beam combined laser system has allowed us to build the first 60kW-class fiber laser for the U.S. Army. We have shown that a powerful directed energy laser is now sufficiently light-weight, low volume and reliable enough to be deployed on tactical vehicles for defensive applications on land, at sea and in the air," said Robert Afzal, Ph.D. Future applications include drones, small aircraft, and even rockets. 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 the Nerf and Overwatch universes colliding.

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Land Rover Project Hero

Let's face it, rescue vehicles are a necessity, but they aren't exactly the most exciting in the auto industry, that is unless...you're talking about the Land Rover Discovery "Project Hero". Designed for the Austrian Red Cross, it comes equipped with a roof-mounted drone, along with self-centering magnetic technology that helps it land safely while the SUV is in motion. The floor of the vehicle also slides out to create work space that can also be used to store rescue gear. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Volkswagen Sedric

Forget autopilot, the VW Sedric is a self-driving pod car with absolutely no pedals, a steering wheel, or even a cockpit for that matter. It's designed for the fifth level of autonomous driving, which requires no human input at all. At the push of a button, the vehicle transports its passengers to their desired location using the most efficient route(s). Inside, there's a large OLED display, complete with augmented reality technology. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Vintage Smart Lock

Believe it or not, this is a 300-year-old smart lock, called the "Detector Lock," and not just a decorative piece. Created by British locksmith John Wilkes during the 1680s, a small button by the man's leg reveals a keyhole when pushed, while a door bolt is released when cocking his hat, and when combined with the turn of the knob, it's quickly unlocked. A pointer indicates the number of times the lock as been opened so you'll know if there have been any break-ins. For those who can't view the video, continue reading for detailed images showing just how the lock works.

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UrbanX Smart Electric Wheel

In just 60-seconds, the UrbanX Smart Electric Wheel transforms a normal bicycle, into a fully-electric model that can hit 20mph, thanks to a 350 W battery. It comes in six sizes, and is compatible with nearly type of bike, with support for rib or disc brakes. Users can use just about any tire, as long as it fits the rim size of the device. How do you install this? Just use a wrench and screwdriver to swap out the front wheel, secure the throttle, connect the wheel to the throttle cable, and you're ready to roll. Need to charge? Just remove the battery pack, and you'll be able to ride like normal. When connected to the accompanying app, users will be able to monitor speed, distance, and adjust the amount of pedal assistance required. 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 explaining teleportation.

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Belkin WeMo Smart Plug

Belkin's Wemo Mini WiFi Smart Plug lets you control your lights and appliances right from your smartphone or tablet, all for $29.99, today only, originally $34.99. No subscription or hub is required: simply plug Wemo Mini into an electrical outlet, connect a device to the Smart Plug, and wirelessly control your device using a tablet or phone. Using the free Wemo app, you can turn your devices on and off and set worry-free schedules from anywhere in the world. Using Wemo Mini's 'Away Mode', you can create the illusion that you're at home even when you're away. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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