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DARPA Tern Drone

DARPA's Tern is basicaly a tailsitter drone that reinvents Convair's XFY-1 aircraft's technology from 1951. It seeks to greatly increase the effectiveness of forward-deployed small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates by enabling them to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for specially designed unmanned aerial systems (UASs). In times of war, it's capable of carrying up to 600 pounds of ordinance and designed to conduct combat strikes. 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 hands-on clip of the $1,899 retro iPhone 7.

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The Lilium Jet

Lilium Aviation has revealed The Lilium Jet, "the world's first all-electric VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) jet". This flying car of sorts is powered by 36 electric jet engines. The final production model will be self-piloted with artificial intelligence, and customers will be able to book a flight using their smartphone, just like you would a ride-sharing service. "It's the same battery that you can find in any Tesla. The battery consumes 90 percent less than current drone aircraft. The craft has a flight speed of 186 mph with a range of 186 miles per charge," said company co-founder Patrick Nathen. 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 man who worked undercover in an iPhone factory.

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Logitech Circle

The Logitech Circle Wireless 1080p Security Camera does not require any additional subscriptions, and it's being offered for just $129.99 shipped, today only, originally $199.99. Get notified when something unexpected happens at home. Download the free iOS/Android app to set up for mobile viewing. Or use the Circle web app from your browser at our website. Replay, download or share recorded video for 24hrs from your secure private cloud-- even if your camera is stolen your data is safe. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Modpool Shipping Container Pool

Modpool Shipping Container Pools may not be the most stylish around, but they are easy to set up and can be moved in a jiffy if needed. They can be configured with side windows, or a divider could be added for a quick pool and hot tub combination. Its powerful heater boosts temperatures up to 86° in just one hour, making it perfect for a winter dip, while an Ultraviolet system keeps the water clean. The company also has a companion smartphone app that lets you control the heater, jets, and lights remotely. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Air Free Tires

Bridgestone has unveiled innovative "Air-Free" bike tires, which support the rider's weight by using a unique thermoplastic resin spokes that stretch along the inner sides of the wheel, made entirely recyclable materials to boot. By simplifying the structure of the classic tire, the company reduced resistance caused by a wheel's continuously changing shape as they roll, thus maximizing efficiency and reducing wasted energy. 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 the biggest versus the smallest laptop.

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Stryker Laser Weapon Drone

When mounted on a Stryker 8x8 armored military vehicle, thee Mobile High Energy Laser (MEHEL) weapon system can instantly destroy drones at the push of a button. The on-board radar tacking and camera enables soldiers to visually track enemy drones as well as aircraft, and the current version of the MEHEL can achieve five kilowatts of power. By next year, they expect the laser to have at least an 18-kilowatt beam. "They love the system and they are excited about not only what they can do with it in the air, but what they can do with it on the ground as well," said Lieutenant colonel, Jeff Erts. 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 explaining why some molecules have evil twins.

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WiFi Smart Plug

The TP-Link WiFi Smart Plug lets you control your devices from just about anywhere, and it's being offered for just $24.99, today only, originally $39.99. The HS100 allows you to create schedules to automatically power on or off your home electronics and appliances at anytime. You can create a schedule for each device any day of the week, or customize it by a specific time in a day. Your Smart Plug can be controlled through your existing Wi-Fi network via the free Kasa app. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

There's the Tesla Model X, and then Volkswagen's I.D. Crozz a self-driving electric SUV. It's powered by a pair of electric motors - a 101-horsepoer motor powers the front axle, while the second 201-horsepower motor sends power to the rear. Both motors work in conjunction with an 83 kWh battery to enable it to go from 0-62 mph in under 6 seconds and achieve a range of up to 311 miles when fully charged. Plug the vehicle into a 150 kW DC electrical charging system., and you'll have up to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Renault RS2027 Vision

Nobody really knows what the Formula 1 racing series will really be like in a decade, but Renault would like to take a stab at it, with their latest concept, the RS2027 Vision. This sleek 1,322-pound race car is draws power from a turbocharged V6 engine, paired with a two-part kinetic energy recovery system (produces 670-horsepower alone), which generates a combined total power output of to 1,341-horsepower. Design wise, it boasts a fully-enclosed cockpit for added safety. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Air-Conditioned Lawn Mower

Mowing the grass isn't the most glamorous of jobs, but what if you could do so in an air-conditioned bubble? That's exactly what the machine above allows you to do, but unfortunately it never made it to production. However, it was more than just a rendering, as the actual machine was featured on the 1958 cover of Mechanix Illustrated. Continue reading to see nineteen more strange inventions from the past that were clearly ahead of their time. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery.

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