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NERF Vulcan Gun

Photo credit: BrittLiv / Instructables

Take a Nerf N-Strike Vulcan Blaster, add an Arduino Uno controller, along with a few servos to help the unit move from side to side and you have yourself this awesome autonomous weapon. It was designed and built by Instructables user "BrittLiv," and as you can see in the video above, the gun automatically fires at targets, but can also be manually triggered using a controller. Its firing speed has been increased by 50% for maximum damage, and if you're wearing shirts with a special logo, the gun won't fire at you. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a record-setting flight on a hoverboard.

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Glow Bike Path

Studio Roosegaarde's latest project, a glowing bike path inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night", is finally open in The Netherlands. Simply put, the illuminated bike path consists of swirling solar-powered LED lights and light-collecting paint. When darkness falls, the path is lit by thousands of sparkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky of sorts on the ground. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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VUHL 05 Supercar

After debuting over a year ago, the VUHL 05 has finally hit the streets. Priced from $85000, this vehicle takes inspiration from the Ariel Atom / KTM X-Bow, and was built specifically to tear up the track. It's built on a monocoque chassis, with carbon fiber body panels situated atop the aluminum construction to help keep the weight at just 1,532-pounds. Under the hood, you'll find a Ford sourced turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder EcoBoost engine making 285-horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, matched with a 6-speed manual transmission. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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JetSurf Jet-Propelled Surfboard

Unlike other surfboards, the JetSurf combines technology with surfing. Powered by a two-stroke 100cc engine, this carbon fiber surfboard can reach speeds up to 40mph, and has a 45-mile fuel tank capacity, giving riders a solid 1.5-hours of fun out on the water. You control the throttle with an electronic leash, and there's an emergency kill cord if things get too extreme. It was designed by ex-F1 engineer Martin Sula of the Czech Republic. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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eleMMent Palazzo RV

If nothing else, the futuristic-looking eleMMent Palazzo offers an alternative to extremely wealthy individuals who hate flying. Inside this $3-million behemoth by Austria-based Marchi Mobile, you'll find a full kitchen, master bedroom with rainfall shower, lots of marble accents and even a motorized upper deck that would be perfect for cocktail parties with friends. However, you'll find most of the technology in the cockpit, which offers a touchscreen that lets the driver control many of the functions inside. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including how to cook steak with molten lava.

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Skully P1 Motorcycle Helmet

You may have seen or heard about this motorcycle helmet in the past, but there's now an official ship date, and it's December 2015. Touted as the "world's smartest motorcycle helmet," the Skully AR-1 (Augmented Reality) features a 180°, rear-facing camera and a small display placed in the bottom right portion of your field of view, which enables riders to see everything behind them. The company has also developed a proprietary interface that brings turn-by-turn directions and a few other basic pieces of info to the HUD, all with the purpose of reducing the mental load placed on the rider. Simply pair your smartphone via Bluetooth and you'll be set to ride. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.

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Self Healing Concrete

Trying to fix cracked concrete is a pain to say the least, but scientists in the Netherlands have managed to create a bio-concrete blend with built-in bacteria that can repair small cracks and holes in cement. The bacteria is activated by water, and would eat food provided in the concrete mixture to combine calcium with oxygen as well as carbon dioxide, to form what is essentially limestone. To find bacteria that could survive in the high-pH environment of concrete, the team looked to the naturally high pH soda lakes in Russia, and located a strain that fit both of these requirements. The bacteria was formed into tiny pellets to keep it away from the food source until needed. Scientist Henk Jonkers explains that water creates a threat to the stability of concrete: "Water is the culprit for concrete because it enters the cracks and it brings aggressive chemicals with it." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Jet Capsule


Think of the Jet Capsule as a futuristic pod-shaped mini yacht, powered by a propulsion system similar to that of a jet ski. Each one measures 24 feet in length, and is completely customizable to your every whim. The base model comes equipped with a 325 horsepower diesel engine capable of achieving speeds up to 28mph, or opt for two 350-horsepower gasoline engines that bring the top speed up to 57mph. That's not all, various layouts are also available, including an empty shell, ready to be customized, a comfort option, complete with two convertible sofas, a taxi layout ready for up to 9-passengers, or a living capsule, outfitted with a kitchen, bathroom, as well as two convertible sofas. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an amazing one man orchestra.

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V-TEX Technology

Enviro-Cool has developed a rapid cooling technology called "V-Tex Vortex", and using its "start stop rotational sequence", the device is able to cool beverages from ambient temperature to 5°C in under 45-seconds. In other words, the technology is based on a cooling vortex that spins beverages round to chill it in seconds, enabling you to enjoy drinks straight from the market. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Polaris Sportsman WV850

Let's face it, running over a nail or some other hazard is inevitable on an ATV, but the AWD Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. was built for the occasion, as it's able to sustain combat-level stress. Its innovative airless tires have been tested to withstand .50 caliber bullets and AK47 ballistic damage without needing any repairs. The tires were first developed for the military, but Polaris is the first company to introduce TerrainArmor to the commercial ATV market. Besides being nearly indestructible, the company claims they make for a better center-of-gravity and improved cornering. Powered by a 77-horsepower engine, it boasts a towing capacity of 1,500-pounds. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of the very rare Dymaxion cars from 1933.

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