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The Mill Blackbird

Ever wonder how some car commercials are filmed? Well, many have probably used the Mill Blackbird, an electric vehicle designed to be skinned in post production, thanks to pre-mapped tracking points and 360° HDR mapping capability. To make sure the different vehicles are accurately represented, its frame can stretch up to 4-feet and widen by 10-inches. Continue reading for the full video and more information.

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SpotMini

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has unveiled SpotMini, a smaller version of the Spot robot. Weighing 55-pounds (65-pounds if you include its arm), it's all-electric (no hydraulics) and can run for 90-minutes on a single charge, depending on the task(s). It boasts a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs, which help with navigation and mobile manipulation. Continue reading for the full demo video and more information.

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AMZ Electric Race Car


There's a new electric race car, called "Grimsel", in the news, and it's not from Porsche, Tesla, BMW, etc., but rather a group of AMZ (Academic Motorsports Racing Zurich) students from Switzerland. It has set the new Guinness world record for the fastest electric vehicle, thanks to a 31-pound carbon-fiber moncoque that features an aluminum honeycomb core. The entire vehicle weighs in at just 370-pounds, with each wheel being powered by an in-hub, 50-horsepower electric motor developed by the students themselves. 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 a group of rejected X-Men characters.

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DARPA Prosthetic Arm

Unlike other prosthetics, DARPA's robotic arm is connected directly to the user's motor cortex - the part that controls muscle movement - and sensory cortex - used to identify tactile sensations when you touch things. The wires from the motor cortex enable the wearer to control the motion of the arm, and pressure sensors that loop back into the sensory cortex are used for the touch sensation. 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 just how crazy the new Superman virtual reality roller coaster really is.

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Flash Falcon

Oscar Vinals unveils Flash Falcon, a double-decker supersonic aircraft that would reach a top speed of Mach 3 (approximately 2,300mph), enabling you to travel from London to New York in just 2.5-hours. It has capacity for 250 passengers, and is powered by carbon-free energy, with a portable fusion reactor-based supersonic engine, as well as six electric-combustion engines that would tilt 10 to 20 degrees and allow the plane to take off or land vertically. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn is basically a new game that lets players take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy, as they explore a lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Stunningly detailed forests, imposing mountains, and atmospheric ruins of a bygone civilization meld together in a landscape that is alive with changing weather systems and a full day/night cycle. Sony hired Hollywood special effects Spectral Motion to create this amazing animatronic mecha dinosaur suit for E3 2016. 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 insane F1 sidecar racing.

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K-36D Ejection Seat

The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.

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Audi Plan B Truck

The problem with most big rigs is that they really aren't aesthetically pleasing, but Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko aim to change that with the Audi Project Plan B. Rather than a normal cabin, both driver and passenger sit up top with fighter jet masks. This may not be practical (or safe), but it will definitely make you look twice on the road. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of The Night King carved entirely from a watermelon.

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Rolls-Royce 103EX

Rolls-Royce's new electric-powered 103EX Vision Next 100 is autonomous and doesn't even have a steering wheel. Featuring a plethora of luxuries, including "coach/suicide" and "gullwing-style" doors, as well as a giant OLED display in the cabin, rather than a standard dashboard. For added luxury, there's two gigantic slabs of Macassar wood paneling on the doors. Passengers will be able to interact with the vehicle only by using gesture or voice controls. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mixed reality Star Wars tech demo.

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Razer OSVR HDK2

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Razer's Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset has just received a new update called Hacker Development Kit 2 (HDK2). Unlike its predecessor, HDK 1.4, this version features an updated (2160x1200) OLED display panel and a 90Hz refresh rate, which matches the Oculus Rift. Plus, it also comes equipped with an Image Quality Enhancer that reduces screen-door-effect issues that most VR glasses users experience. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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