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LINC Smart Walkie Talkie

Fantom Dynamics has just revealed the LINC Smartphone Walkie Talkie, which is basically a clip-on accessory for the Moto Z. Once paired, users just load the app and it functions as an emergency communications tool when there is no cell phone signal. Not just a basic walkie talkie, it boasts 22 channels, SMS support, GPS sharing and can blast an SOS signal when needed. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few more bonus gadgets and accessories you might want, but probably don't need.

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Origami Bulletproof Shield

This may look like art at first, but it's a functional bulletproof shield. Designed by engineers and students at BYU, this folding Kevlar shield, modeled after origami practices, can stop .44 magnum bullets, thanks to 12 layers of Kevlar with aluminum panels in the middle to give it strength. "Current products out there are about 90 pounds. That's pretty heavy for one person to carry. Our goal was to go for 50 pounds and protect two to three people," said Terri Bateman, adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at BYU. 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 real Super Mario Bros. simulator.

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Pal-V Flying Car


PAL-V, a company based in the Netherlands, has officially launched its Liberty Sport and Liberty Pioneer flying vehicles, with pre-orders for the former starting at $399,000 USD. Both models are based around a custom Rotax engine that powers a dual-propulsion drivetrain. When put in drive mode, the vehicle's propeller folds into the back, while the rotors are tucked up top. Don't let its small size fool you, as it tops out at 100 miles per hour, and can switch from land to air in just 10-minutes. This isn't something you can fly from home since it requires at least 590-feet of space to lift off the ground, with a maximum flying altitude of 11,480 feet. 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 tour inside Air Force One.

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Nokia 3

Set for its official debut at Mobile World Congress next week, the Nokia 3 smartphone is a mid-range model that could be priced under $150. Offering a Snapdragon 425 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 5.2-ich display, 16GB of internal storage, a 13.0-megapixel rear camera, and running Android Nougat, all wrapped in a polycarbonate body. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Scorpion 3 Hoverbike

The Scorpion 3 is a project by engineer and businessman Alexander Atamanov. Not much is known about this hoverbike, other than the current battery life allows 15 minutes of flying at the speed of 60 km/h. For those who prefer longer flying times, gasoline or diesel powered models will also be available, with flight times increasing to 1-hour on a full tank. Currently, the maximum weight it can handle is 125kg, but upgraded models with a 300kg limit are in the works. 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 five egg gadgets put to the test.

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CAT Navigator Kamil Edition

The CAT Navigator Kamil Edition isn't just for looks, as this rugged smartphone was designed for hiking enthusiasts. When closed, it looks like any other rugged handset, but when you fold it open, two 4K displays are revealed. The smaller display on the outside is used for calls, and basic functions, such as the compass, GPS, etc. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Nucleus Anywhere

The Nucleus Anywhere Intercome has Amazon Alexa built-in, and it's being offered for just $149 shipped, today only, originally $249. Nucleus connects to Alexa, Amazon's cloud-based voice service. Just ask Alexa to listen to your favorite music, hear the news and weather reports, connect your smart home devices and more. Product page. Continue reading for another demonstration video and more information.

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Autonomous Quadcopter Drone

Forget taxis, residents of Dubai may soon be transported in an autonomous quadcopter drone by China-based eHang. "This is not only a model. We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies," said Dubai Road & Transportation head Mattar Al Tayer. The eHang 184 is capable of flying up to 23-minutes at a height of 500 meters on a single charge of its lithium batteries. Unlike conventional aircraft, the person inside the drone remains a passenger, while the 184 is preprogrammed to fly to a specific destination before they hop in. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the mysterious, yet oddly satisfying, Lotus Box puzzle.

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GraalPhone


Unveiled at CES 2017, the GraalPhone is based around a 7-inch laptop running both Android and Windows 10, powered by an Intel Atom CPU. The smartphone, inserted directly into a special slot within the laptop, gets a Snapdragon CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 3D camera with 5X optical zoom. The laptop boasts a swivel screen that can be flipped and rotated, turning it into a tablet of sorts. How much will all this cost? The company is aiming for a price tag ranging from $800 - $1000 when it's released at the end of this year, or early 2018. 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 breaking down how small we are in the scale of the universe.

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Cassie Robot

Cassie the robot may be missing a torso, but it does have a 3-degrees-of-freedom hip, similar to humans, enabling it to move forwards, backwards, side to side, and rotate as well. Its powered ankles also allow it to stand in place or squat without having to constantly move its feet. An integrated battery power system keeps the on-board computers running smoothly. "This technology will simply explode at some point, when we create vehicles so automated and robots so efficient that deliveries and shipments are almost free. Quite simply, robots with legs can go a lot of places that wheels cannot. this will be the key to deliveries that can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by a fleet of autonomous vans that pull up to your curb, and an onboard robot that delivers to your doorstep," said Jonathan Hurst, associate professor of robotics at the OSU College of Engineering, and chief technology officer at Agility Robotics. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a family who decided to live in a converted school bus.

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