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VRSlide Virtual Reality Waterslide

Ready Player One showed us what virtual reality is capable of in the future, but the last thing you'd expect is for this technology to be combined with an actual water slide. However, that's exactly what VRSlide at Galaxy Erding in Germany has done. Simply put, riders wear a custom waterproof headset, powered by an integrated Samsung Galaxy S8, that uses a two-part tracking system to pinpoint exactly where users are on the slide. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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NVIDIA Deep Learning Photos

NVIDIA researchers, led by Ting-Chun Wang, have developed a new deep learning-based, artificial intelligence system that can generate photo-realistic images using only high-level labels, and at the same time creating a virtual environment that allows the user to modify a scene interactively. The method, which uses a conditional generative adversarial network (GAN), has the potential to revolutionize how visual algorithms, including those for medical imaging, are trained. "Conditional GANs have enabled a variety of applications, but the results are often limited to low-resolution and still far from realistic. In this work, we generate 2048x1024 visually appealing results with a novel adversarial loss, as well as new multi-scale generator and discriminator architectures," said the researchers in their paper. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one where "As Seen on TV" pest control gadgets are tested.

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RoboRace DevBot Drifter

Autonomous cars may be years from replacing actual humans, but Roborace wanted to see just how far they've come. So, they brought pro drifter Ryan Tuerck to the track to take on its autonomous DevBot race car, which weighs in at just 2,200 pounds and boasts 550 horsepower. Since it boasts an electric drivetrain, power comes on near instantaneously, while all-wheel drive helps put that down on the pavement. Just how did the autonomous car fare? Let's just say that the DevBot set a best time of 2:18.4. Click here for the first image intoday's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one on someone who spent $1,120 on weird eBay gadget mystery boxes.

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Super Anthony Robot

Standing 15-inches tall and weighing in at 4.6-pounds, Super Anthony is touted as the "world's most powerful beetleweight fighting robot" that can blast opponents with a 45kg servo force punch. The bot was designed to be wear-resistant with steel gears and has a one-piece output shaft design for ultra-high precision. Using InnoBASIC Workshop, users can easily develop unique attacks - whether if it's a punch, forward slam, or backward flip. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures and information.

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Boeing MQ-25

There are autonomous cars, drones, and now, Boeing's MQ-25, an unmanned aircraft system designed for the U.S. Navy that provides the needed robust refueling capability thereby extending the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. This aircraft brings the right combination of refueling, autonomy, and seamless carrier deck integration to deliver a solution that meets the U.S. Navy's goals: put a low-cost unmanned aerial refueling aircraft on the flight deck as soon as possible. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the coldest thing in the world.

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Ciao Piggy Bank

Digital coin banks are nothing new, but the "Ciao Piggy Bank" puts a high-tech twist on it. Simply put, this coin bank does not take actual money, but rather SD cards, as it's essentially a wireless solid state storage device that stores all your SD card data without requiring a computer. When you need to access the data, you can either do so wirelessly, or with a USB cable that connects it to your computer. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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CeramicSpeed Chainless Bike Drivetrain

Say goodbye to bike chains, and hello to CeramicSpeed's new chainless drivetrain concept that utilizes an advanced carbon driveshaft without any chains and derailleurs that turns two sets of bearing pinions to shift torque effortlessly from the front ring onto the flat 13-speed cassette. This improves drivetrain efficiency to an incredible 99%, while offering limitless gear ratio options. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Impeller Drone

Marcus Kung's Impeller Drone has no propellers, but instead uses centrifugal fans, or impellers for takeoff and landing. These impellers basically draw air from the back and push the air out sideways rather than in front, for propulsion. On this drone, the fans are configured similar to that of a 4-wheeled car, and boasts a special housing around the fan that directs the air-flow. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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FINNEY Blockchain Phone

Sirin Labs have just revealed FINNEY, the world's first dual-screen blockchain smartphone. It supports Sirin's own digital currency, called the SRN token, and users won't be able to buy the device without it. Thankfully, the company will auto-convert your payment into its digital currency. The smartphone runs Sirin OS, an ultra-secure and Google-certified Android 8.1 fork, and features a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, 12MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP f/2.2 front-facing camera, 3,280mAh battery, as well as a 6-inch display. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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AI Grainy Photos Clear NVIDIA

NVIDIA researchers has developed a new artificial intelligence-powered system that automatically removes noise, grain, and watermarks from photos. "Recent deep learning work in the field has focused on training a neural network to restore images by showing example pairs of noisy and clean images. The AI then learns how to make up the difference. This method differs because it only requires two input images with the noise or grain. Without ever being shown what a noise-free image looks like, this AI can remove artifacts, noise, grain, and automatically enhance your photos," said NVIDIA. 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 functional iPhone X lighter case.

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