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Terrier Swiss Army Knife Vehicle

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BAE Systems' Terrier has been dubbed the "Swiss Army Knife of combat vehicles", and rightfully so. This 32-ton machine can probe for buried explosive devices and split solid concrete with a rock hammer, all the while being remotely operated from more than a half mile away using an Xbox gamepad. Despite its size, this vehicle is no slug, as it can achieve speeds in excess of 45mph on land. Once its ts Python rocket is deployed and detonated, the system can provide a path clear of any buried explosives. "The greater wading depth and surge protection will make Terrier even better suited for use in coastal or low lying areas, where it can play an important role in disaster relief as well as combat situations. Along with the new telescopic arm and other attachments, Terrier remains the most technologically advanced and flexible combat engineer vehicle in the world. Due to the modular nature of the vehicle, it could also be quickly adapted for a range of other situations, such as clearing paths through jungle or thick foliage," said Rory Breen, a sales manager for BAE Systems. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most poular viral videos today, including one of a monstrous 100-foot wave hitting a ship.

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Skyshield Laser

Rheinmetall Defense's Oerlikon Skyshield consists of one 10 kW fiber high-energy laser and a beam-forming unit. Commercial off-the-shelf fiber lasers were modified for an air defense role. The beam-forming unit provides diffraction-limited beam focusing, target imaging and fine tracking of the target. By utilizing this beam-superimposing technology, the company has managed to concentrate the power of single laser beams into one small spot, enabling not only superimposition of multiple laser beams on a single gun platform, but also superimposition of multiple gun platforms, for almost unlimited (e.g. 100 kW and more) power output. 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 Mario Kart in real-life at a mall.

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Dreadnought Star Destroyer

The Startpoint Group has just unveiled the "Dreadnought T2050," which looks very similar to the Star Destroyer from Star Wars. Featuring stealth technology, an exterior-mounted electromagnetic rail gun, hologram room with Google Glass-like walls that display tactical information, and to top things off, a "moon pool" garage in the transom, capable of launching underwater drones. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a Star Wars meets Mario Kart mashup.

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Polaris WV850 H.O. ATV

Most off-road vehicles still need to worry about sharp objects, or anything else that may cause punctures, but the Polaris WV850 H.O., does not. This $15,000 ATV was built to military standards, and features the industry's first airless, non-pneumatic tires that cannot be deflated or otherwise puncture. During tests, they withstood a .50-calibre round and was still capable of being ridden for up to 350-miles. Its 77-horsepower engine is paired with a single-speed transmission, steel exoskeleton and an all-wheel drive system. 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 NASA's 3D-printed rocket.

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BOSE Suspension

Dr. Amar Bose wanted to take air and hydraulic suspensions to the next level, with a new concept: electromagnetic rams. A prototype was installed on an Lexus LS 400, which proceeded to zip around fast bends without pitching or rolling, and even leapfrogging right over a 2-x-6 plank standing on edge across the road. This type of active suspension uses linear electromagnetic motors attached to each wheel. It provides extremely fast response, and allows regeneration of power consumed, by using the motors as generators. This nearly surmounts the issues of slow response times and high power consumption of hydraulic systems. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Bionic Boot

Inventor Keahi Seymour has always wanted to run like a speedy animal, and his latest creation was inspired by the gait of ostriches. At the age of 12, he began sketching footwear, and five years later, his first prototype using old Rollerblade boots, became a reality. It consisted of steel tubing, and bungee cords. His new Bionic Boot can propel users forward at up to 25 miles per hour. The eventual goal is to boost the speed to 40mph by upgrading the springy heels with electrical actuators. 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 an anti-drone slingshot shotgun.

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TrackingPoint ShotGlass

If you've always wanted a real-life aimbot, look no further than TrackingPoint's Shotglass Shooting Glasses, paired with one of their precision guided firearms. They feature an integrated HD camera, wide-screen WQVGA display, and the Android operating system for easy video recording. Once activated, it can provide you with two unique fields of view on every shot, and the capability to shoot around corners. 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 robot making a hole-in-one.

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Smart Mirror

Photo credit: Max Braun

Google engineer Max Braun created a smart mirror unlike many other that you've seen, as it's designed to be a giant smartphone, or so we'd like to think. Starting with a two-way mirror, a display panel and main board were added. After countless hours of work, Max unveils his new creation, a smart mirror that tells time, weather, and even the latest news headlines. This Android-powered creation can also be programmed to display other things. Continue reading to see the brains of this operation.

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Drone with Gun

Drone enthusiast James Higgins decided to build an auto-aiming hexcopter with a removable turret. A laser cutter and 3D printer were used to manufacture many of the parts. Two operators are required, one to pilot the drone, and another to operate the turret, both with a live video feed via a helmet. However, it can also be put into auto-pilot mode, enabling the drone to automatically aim and fire at targets. 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 Unreal Engine works with a VR headset.

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FlyShip

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the FlyShip? Yes, this hybrid craft can not only hover just above the water, but is also capable of reaching speeds over 155mph (250km/h) in the sky. It has a 100 passenger capacity, with cabin space spanning an area of 1,500 square ft. The FlyShip hovers above land and water by creating a cushion of air under the 'reversed delta wings', propelling it from the ground. A three crew team is enough to keep everything running, as it consumes just 270 liters of fuel every hour, compared to jet liners which consume up to 3,300 liters per hour. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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