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BloxVox

There are many ways to keep a phone conversation private, but using the BLOXVOX, probably isn't one you want to be seen with in public. This strange mask-like device, invented by Greg Umhoefer, is designed to muffle speech, letting users talk as loud as they want without worrying about others listening in. How to use it? Simply place it over your mouth and secure it around your head with a strap.Continue reading for a breakdown of this strange Kickstarter video.

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Disney Stickman Robot

Human performers spent thousands of years developing acrobatic techniques, but at the same time, robots have started to become more mobile and autonomous, enabling them to imitate these stunts in dramatic ways. Meet "Stickman". Disney's latest simple 2° of freedom robot that uses a gravity-driven pendulum launch and produces a variety of somersaulting stunts. It features an IMU and a laser range-finder to estimate its state mid-flight and actuates to change its motion both on and and off the pendulum. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a bizarre dual iPhone case.

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Portable Solar Generator

Renogy Phoenix's Portable Solar Generator is suitcase-sized and perfect for the zombie apocalypse, all for $352.49 shipped, today only, originally $506.52. This all-in-one portable solar power system was specifically designed for mobile, off-grid applications, and is ideal for emergencies. The compact, lightweight back-up system combines two highly efficient Renogy 10W Monocrystalline Solar Panels and is capable of expanding up to 120 watts. The included 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery is replaceable giving the capability of limitless power. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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World Trade Center Elevator

The Empire State Building and Top of the Rock both offer stunning views of NYC, but One World Observatory, the $100 million, three-story attraction atop One World Trade Center, may top them all. How? The Sky Pod elevators, which transport guests up to the 102nd floor in a mere 47 seconds. During the ascent, the displays show a virtual time-lapse of the city's skyline from the 1500s to the present; the Twin Towers appear briefly, but since more than 500 years flashes by in less than a minute, you'll miss them if you blink. Once you've left the observatory, the elevator screens show the exterior of One World Trade Center as you descend, similar to a virtual helicopter ride to the bottom. Continue reading for more clever elevator ideas.

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Tesla Model X Off-Road Edition

Delta 4×4, a German tuner, has revealed the Tesla Model X Off-Road Edition, and while it doesn't offer a power increase, the electric SUV can now tackle just about any kind of terrain. This comes courtesy of four sleek 20" matte black Delta rims, wrapped in beefy all-terrain tires. The wheel kit itself will set you back $4,593, and there's no word yet on if the company has any other off-road parts in store. Continue reading for more electric vehicles you probably never knew existed.

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Jet Thruster Motorcycle

It's not uncommon for motorcycle riders to go for spirited rides through the canyons, but what happens when they lean a bit too far into a curve and then hit a patch of loose gravel? They'll slide out of course, and hopefully, into a safe spot outside of harm's way. However, that isn't always the case, and thus Bosch's anti-skid jet thruster system was born. When installed, the sensors automatically detect when a slide is occurring, and then triggers a mechanism that fires gas from an airbag-type device to correct the slide, bringing the bike back upright. The first two motorcycles to feature this technology will be the Ducati Multistrada and the KTM 1290 Super Duke. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a crazy spike tool used to pierce industrial bags.

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Genesis Essentia

The Genesis Essentia Concept by Hyundai has hit the Cannes Film Festival, and for those who don't know, it boasts a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque, multi-motor electric powertrain and a custom interior. "We are extremely delighted to be a part of this celebration with CR Fashion Book and the members here at this special occasion. It's very exciting to introduce Essentia here in Cannes to a distinguished global group of guests, and showcase our vision of future mobility," said Genesis Brand boss, Manfred Fitzgerald. On the tech side, the car offers facial recognition technology, fingerprint sensors for opening doors), a widescreen infotainment display, and butterfly doors. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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RED Hydrogen One Smartphone

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Priced from $1195, the RED Hydrogen One is touted as the "world's first holographic-ready smartphone". What does that mean? Simply that "4V" holographic video content can be viewed without the need for special 3D glasses, as well as the ability to capture "H4V", the company's proprietary holographic file format with its special camera. Other features include: a 5.7" display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, USB-C charging port, modular packs, and a 4,500mAh battery. Continue reading for another hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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Honda MODULAR

Boosted boards are one of the hottest gadgets today, but the Honda MODULAR could change that. This futuristic vehicle can quickly transform, and consists of a single-passenger cockpit, two gyroscopic wheels, a high-tech audio system, and AI controls. Best of all, it's capable of operating with full autonomy to safely transport children. continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Google Selfish Ledger

In 2016, Google created a slightly unsettling video, titled "The Selfish Ledger," that imagines a future where an evolving record of our online data could be used to direct human behavior. It was created by Nick Foster, Google's head of design at their research-and-development division, X, and says this could be used so it not only tracks our behavior, but offers direction towards a desired result. "We understand if this is disturbing - it is designed to be. This is a thought-experiment by the Design team from years ago that uses a technique known as 'speculative design' to explore uncomfortable ideas and concepts in order to provoke discussion and debate. It's not related to any current or future products," said a company representative. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how high-speed movement can forge metals, which is also known as friction welding.

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