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CoeLux Artificial Sunlight

Priced from $68,600 with installation, the CoeLux system recreates the look of sunlight through a skylight that uses a thin coating of nanoparticles to accurately simulate light through Earth's atmosphere and the effect known as Rayleigh scattering. This doesn't just recreate the color temperature, but the feeling of sunlight as well. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Dominator Track System

The Dominator Track System comes in two different sizes: standard Dominator with 121" long tracks and 720 square inches of contact area, and the XL Dominator, with 136" long tracks offering a contact surface of 855 square inches per track unit. They can be installed on most vehicles in under an hour without any modifications required to the car. Best of all, smaller vehicles - like the Subaru WRX - are able to use it, as the design of the system is built in such way that most of the power is transferred directly to the ground. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Volkswagen Hover Car

First unveiled several years ago, the futuristic Volkswagen Hover car is now trending again online. The Hover Car is basically a two-seater zero emissions vehicle that hovers above ground and travels along electromagnetic road networks in China. It can automatically detect other vehicles on the road while navigating China's congested traffic centers, and its small footprint makes it easy to park. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a snowmobile expert navigating through an avalanche.

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Smart Rifle

Not just a rifle, this Smart Gun for the Canadian Armed Forces is capable of firing new lightweight telescoped ammunition, and a secondary effects module that adds either a three-round 40 mm grenade launcher or a 12-gauge shotgun. That's not all, there's also a NATO-standard power and data bus that enables users to attach smart accessories, such as electro-optical sights and position sensors that connect to command and control networks. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Bond Handwriting Robot

We have seen the future of handwriting robots, and it's "Bond". To start, users submit a handwriting sample online, which then the software analyzes to identify how you form each letter of the alphabet, along with things like the slant and spacing of your writing. Next, you choose a blank card from the Bond website whenever you want to send someone special a note and send the typed text you want to have written, along with the recipient's name and address. The company's 11 robots, or at least one of them, will then write the text in the card, which will subsequently be mailed. If you happen to lose a check (or checkbook) around company headquarters, we recommend voiding it immediately. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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New Steel

Researchers at the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea have developed a new steel alloy that has the strength and lightness of titanium alloy. It's made from an amalgam of steel, aluminum, carbon, manganese, nickel, and promises to be low-cost and readily available due to its mix of common minerals. One caveat: increasing the aluminum content in steel negatively affects its ductility (the way a material behaves under tensile stress) which results in its increasing vulnerability to fracture. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Tago Arc

Tago Arc is essentially an E Ink bracelet that can be customized to however the user desires, and it doesn't even need to be charged...ever. Users connect it to a smartphone companion app that will allow them to create their own designs, or purchase from a library of images. This fashion accessory features a 150 pixels per inch grayscale display and is compatible with NFC-equipped smartphone for switching images - basically any Android 4+ smartphone. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures and additional information.

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NASA Titan Submarine

What would a submarine to explore the liquid methane seas of Saturn's Moon Titan look like? NASA has unveiled an innovative 2200-pound submarine design that would explore both the shoreline and the depths of this strange world that has methane rain, rivers and seas. It would be powered by a 1 kW radiothermal Stirling generator, which would not only provide power to propel the craft, but also keep the electronics from freezing. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Quant-F Saltwater Car

In 2014, NanoFlowCell unveiled Quant-E, the world's first saltwater-powered electric car, and this year, the company has unveiled the all-new Quant-F, which is a 'completely re-engineered and re-designed' version of its predecessor. The most notable feature is its electric drive system, consisting of a two-speed automatic transmission, a fuel-cell system and four electric motors that get their energy from the electrochemical reaction created by combining two liquids with metallic salts that act as an electrolyte. This updated drive system now generates a total 1075 horsepower, 163 more horsepower than the Quant-E. Continue reading for a video of the Quant-E.

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Tactile Keyboard

Phorm isn't just any iPad Mini case, as it provides users with a real tactile keyboard that rises up out of the screen. When a user is ready to type, they simply move a slider on the back of the case, which pumps an optically-clear oil through microfluidic channels in the screen, ultimately causing the buttons to rise up out of the surface of the screen. Once finished, users only need to move the slider back and the oil is withdrawn, causing the buttons to disappear. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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