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A special armored version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been produced, known as the S-Guard. Features include the capability to withstand military-grade small arms fire and certain explosive devices, a self-sealing fuel tank, and an alarm system. The S-Guard is widely used at the diplomatic level to protect world leaders. Ninety governments worldwide are known to use the S-Guard for transport of government leaders and dignitaries. The company's latest 2015 model is powered by a 390 kW (530 hp) V12 engine, has a top speed of 130 mph, and has upgraded 6-piston brake calipers to top things off. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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The Skully AR-1 is touted as "the world's smartest motorcycle helmet", and at $1,499, there's also a hefty price tag to pay. What sets this one apart from the others is its Synapse platform, which is comprised of a Heads Up Display offering turn-by-turn GPS navigation with live information appearing approximately ten feet in front of the rider, as well as a rear-viewing system that gives a 180-degree view of what is behind the rider. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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We recommend to never try this at home, and with that said, microwaving a compact disc can produce some really cool-looking sparks. This happens because the microwave destroys the disc's reflective metallic layer, but on a more dangerous note, this also causes arcing inside the oven, which may damage it or shorten its life. That's not all, it could also release toxic gases. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life dancing baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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No, this isn't some luxurious trailer The Walking Dead crew happened to stumble upon, just the Kiravan Expedition Vehicle. It's based on the Mercedes-Benz Unimog and is powered by a 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine that generates 260hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed transmission. On the inside, the 4-door cabin boasts 11 touchscreens for vitals, and a trailer out back, which comes complete with an office, galley kitchen to the tent-style sleeper penthouse, along with a bathroom. That's not all, there's even a Kirabike adventure bike for exploring your surroundings after setting up camp. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when a son buys his mom her dream car.

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No matter how creative a business card is, there's only so much information you can cram on a small card. Introducing SwivelCard. It utilizes a patented printing process to include a built-in USB stick interface for additional information. You can either use it to point the person to a webpage or just update it with personalized content. Continue reading for a hands-on video demonstration.

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Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a water-based tractor beam. They first experimented with a table tennis ball floating in a wave tank, and then by precisely manipulating the size and frequency of three-dimensional waves, created by a wave generator to keep it in place, move it away from the generator, or even towards it. Continue reading for more information.

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The Microsoft Research team, lead by Johannes Kopf, Richard Szeliski, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, has unveiled a new Windows app that will make shaky first-person videos a thing of the past. Technically speaking, here's how it works: "Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path." Continue reading for the technical video explaining just how the stabilization is accomplished.

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Unlike other passenger jets, IXION has no windows, but rather uses flexible display panels that can go from opaque to transparent at the push of a button. It basically uses external cameras to capture a 360-degree panoramic view of the outside, automatically corrects the perspective and then displays it on the cabin's walls. Continue reading for more images of the plane and its interior.

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IBM has just unveiled a futuristic computer chip that is claimed to function like a human brain, called TrueNorth. It's technically the world's first neurosynaptic computer chip because it can figure things out on its own. This chip purportedly has one million 'neurons' and "could cram the same power as a super computer into a circuit the size of a postage stamp," says The Daily Mail. Continue reading for an image of the actual chip, a news report and more information.

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There are laser keyboards, and then AirType, a key-less keyboard that essentially lets you type on any surface. Just slide each of the bands over your palms, and you're ready to go. In addition to recording your finger movements, it even learns your bad habits and will help correct them without you ever noticing. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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