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LuminAID Solar Lantern

The LuminAID PackLite 12 is great for both emergencies and outdoor activities, as it provides up to 12 hours of LED light, or 32-hours in blinking emergency mode. It twists flat and inflates for maximum portability. The battery comes partially charged, but for full power, you'll need to first charge it in direct sunlight for approximately 7-hours. Worried about rain? This portable gadget is waterproof (up to 1-meter deep) and it floats to boot. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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PowerUP 3.0 Paper Airplane Conversion Kit

The PowerUP 3.0 basically adds smartphone control to just about any paper airplane. Simply attach the PowerUP 3.0 to it, connect it to the app and you're ready to fly. There motor consists a propeller / rudder in the back and the Bluetooth receiver/rechargeable battery up front. According to its creator, your paper airplane can hit 10mph and it's built to withstand wind as well as a few crashes. Get it here now. 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 Adam Savage building a Star Trek Captain's Chair.

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Tile Tracking Tag

The Tile Tracking Tag wants to make sure you never lose anything again. These small devices can be attached to almost anything, and when paired with the iOS or Android app, you can easily locate those items should they go missing. If happen to you lose your phone, just log-in on a friend's phone to locate your own smartphone. However the coolest function is the "lost item" feature, which automatically alerts any Tile user who gets within range of the item via the company's cloud system. Get it here now in a bundle. Continue reading for a video showing how the application works and more information.

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Lock Cracking Machine

Hacker Samy Kamkar has created a 3-D-printable Arduino-based lock-opening machine called "Combo Breaker." Simply attach it to a Master Lock combination locks, turn it on, and the machine will do the rest in a maximum of 5-minutes with absolutely no human interaction required. Kamar says: "The machine pretty much brute-forces the lock for you. You attach it, leave it, and it does its thing." Continue reading to see it in-action.

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Scanomat Coffee Tap

Forget traditional coffee makers, Scanomat TopBrewer has your cup of Joe on tap. At first, it looks like a water faucet, but upon further examination, the device would be revealed to be a kitchen accessory, but rather a coffee faucet. The under-counter installation hides a multitude of components that allow for a variety of coffee drinks to be made on demand, including several espresso drinks, thanks to its capability to store and froth milk. Beans are freshly ground and utilized depending on what type of drink is selected on either the touch-screen interface or a compatible phone or tablet, and then delivered via the faucet for near instant beverage service. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a parrot that laughs like a super villain.

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Triton Respirator

The Triton Respirator lets humans breathe underwater without an oxygen tank, as they simply need to bite down on its plastic mouthpiece and let the gill-like arms on the sides of the scuba mask do the rest. Simply put, there are small holes in the material where water is sucked into the inner chambers, which then separate the hydrogen from the oxygen and release it, passing on breathable air. The filtered oxygen is compressed into a micro-compressor powered by a micro battery - 30-times smaller than current batteries. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Dodge Challenger Vapor


One thing's for sure, the US Air Force's stealth black Dodge Challenger is one car you don't want to mess with. In addition to biometric-controlled Lambo doors, it's equipped with an infrared thermal image camera on the front bumper and a roof-mounted 360-degree surveillance camera that enables the driver to see darkness via the built-in dashboard command center. Inside, there are three displays that display technical info as well as let you activate the "stealth exhaust system". 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 Jetman Yves Rossey flying with his custom-built jetpack over Dubai.

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Arduboy Game Boy

You could either plays games on smartphones / portable game consoles, or the Arduboy, a business card-sized game system powered by the open-source Arduino platform. Taking inspiration from the Nintendo Game Boy, it features a brilliant OLED display, durable metal / polycarbonate construction, 6 soft-touch tactile buttons, a 2-channel speaker, and 8-hours-plus of battery life on a full charge. Creator Kevin Bates has already sent out more than 100 developer kits, and is working to bring a number of games to the platform, with every one of them being free, open source, and editable by the community. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page to pick up your own.

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Lily Camera

Think of Lily Camera as basically a self-flying camera for people who don't want to pilot a quadcopter while attempting to record video footage. Measuring a svelte 3" high and roughly 10" square, this 2.8 pound gadget can easily be pulled from a backpack and then tossed in the air. Its motors will start working automatically as the drone takes flight. Thanks to a sealed body, rain or snow won't be a problem for this drone. Since there's no radio controller, users just wear a puck-shaped tracking device on their body. It uses a combination of GPS and visual subject tracking to let Lily know your position, distance and speed. Once locked, Lily can be set to maneuver to keep you in frame or be set to follow your every move via a mobile app. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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BioLite Campstove

BioLite's CampStove is essentially a 2-pound portable device equipped with a USB port that can power or charge devices while you burn biomass. The thermal energy of the fire delivers power to fans inside the stove through a thermoelectric module, and when they blow air on the fire to improve combustion, excess energy is created. The USB port enables you to charge mobile devices such as smartphones, LED lights, GPS units, or even action cameras. Get it here now. Continue reading for a video review and test.

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