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Google's "BigDog" robot, officially known as the 'Legged Squad Support System', is being tested in its first live military trial with Marines in Hawaii. This robotic mule can walk and run over rugged terrain, while following a soldier while carrying 400lbs of their kit and weapons.

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We have seen the future of off-road electric vehicles, and it's the Nimbus e-Car. In addition to being battery powered, this vehicle sports solar photovoltaic cells on the roof that generate additional power (A/C, etc.), while a regenerative brake conserves as much as possible. It features a carbon fiber body, along with titanium and aluminum accents for weight savings. Inside, you'll find Wi-Fi via 4G LTE modem, USB ports, power outlets, and even a 7-inch tablet in the center console that displays technical info, similar to what you see in the Tesla Model S. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mind-bending ring illusion.

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Another day, another batch of awesome inventions and gadgets that we may see in stores soon. There's the flexible AMOLED Samsung Galaxy Skin smartphone, smart contacts, Fujitsu technology that turns any paper into a touchscreen, the Socialmatic Instagram instant camera, and the Apple iRing. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video that shows what really happens when the internet goes down.

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We have seen the future of televisions, and you can roll them up. LG has just unveiled a functional and flexible 18-inch (1200 X 810 with almost 1 million mega-pixels) version, with a 60-inch screen projected for a 2017 launch. Instead of plastic as backing, this Ultra HD display uses a special film that enables it to be rolled into a tight tube for transport. Continue reading for a video showing off a similar LG flexible display and more information.

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Priced at $500, these nifty RocketSkates are designed to be strapped on over regular footwear, and monitor foot movements to make them easy to control. Each skate features two hub motors controlled by an on-board microprocessor that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. When you want to let the motors do the work, simply tip your feet back so that only the rubber wheels make contact with the ground. If you need to climb stairs, just tip forward and walk on the balls of your feet. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Before using the ATM again, especially while on vacation, be sure to cover your hand while typing in a PIN number, as thieves have begun installing new ultra thin card skimmers on machines around the world. These high-tech skimmers fit snugly inside the card reader throat, making it near impossible to detect. They fit inside certain kinds of cash machines made by NCR, and from the image above, you can see a hidden camera situated just to the left of the large square battery. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Unlike other hybrids, the Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air has both a conventional petrol engine as well as a hydraulic air motor and pump that are linked together. When it's moving, air is pumped directly into a cylinder, similar to a balloon being inflated, using excess energy from the petrol engine, plus energy from the wheels and heat from the brakes. Next, the air is released to drive the hydraulic motor, enabling it to run on air, petrol, or a combination of the two. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Photo credit: Richard Clarkson

Unlike other cloud-shaped lamps out on the market right now, this high-tech creation by Richard Clarkson is fully interactive, and comes equipped with motion sensors, speakers as well as plenty of lights that simulate real thunder storms. Users can use a remote control to have it respond to movements or just respond to music and / or sounds in the room. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.

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Unlike other 3D printers, EKOCYCLE utilizes post-consumer waste, such as plastic bottles, to fabricate objects, as 25% of each printer cartridge consists of recycled materials. They come in a variety of colors, including red, black, white and natural. It only requires one capsule, or the equivalent of 3 used bottles, to makea fashion item, music accessory, or even an iPhone case. Continue reading for the video and what spokesperson will.i.am has to say.

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Just when you thought you've seen the coolest bachelor pad, this one by architect Bernard Khoury, comes along. Called the NBK Residence, it's situated in Beirut and has a 3-level design that spans 4,000-square-feet. Inside, you'll find 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a rooftop swimming pool, and massive windows throughout. To top things off, there's even a library on the second and third floors, complete with a metal connecting bridge. Continue reading for more pictures.

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