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Flexible Sheet Camera

Researchers at Columbia University's Engineering department, lead by professor Shree K. Nayar, have developed a flexible sheet camera that enables one to change the field of view by just bending it. "Cameras today capture the world from essentially a single point in space. While the camera industry has made remarkable progress in shrinking the camera to a tiny device with ever increasing imaging quality, we are exploring a radically different approach to imaging. We believe there are numerous applications for cameras that are large in format but very thin and highly flexible," said Nayar. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make a water balloon cannon.

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Lorica MKII Carbon Fiber Body Armor

Unified Weapons Master has unveiled the Lorica MKII carbon fiber gladiator suit, which comes equipped with force measurement sensors and scoring software that measures the exact location, force, and damage of each strike. Not just for looks, it's designed to withstand high-impact strikes from blunt martial arts weapons, thanks to its three protective layers: an undergarment with integrated harnessing / cooling, a chassis layer, and a removable outer layer. 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 real underwater dragons.

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Robot Lawyer

Joshua Browder, a 19-year-old British programmer currently studying at MIT, has created "DoNotPay", the world's first robot lawyer. Registered users can use the service to ask any kind of legal question and receive relevant auto-generated answers. This project began as a free website to help people appeal parking tickets, which soon became an automatic appeal generator, using previously successful letters as a template. "As a 19-year-old, I have coded the entirety of the robot on my own, and I think it does a reasonable job of replacing parking lawyers. I know there are thousands of programmers with decades more experience than me working on similar issues. If it is one day possible for any citizen to get the same standard of legal representation as a billionaire, how can that not be a good thing," said Browder. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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DARPA Sea Hunter

Here's a first look at DARPA's Sea Hunter, an anti-submarine drone shipaimed at improving the ability to detect and engage diesel-electric submarines. Once a wide-area sensor provides an initial indication of a possible target, the forward deployed ACTUV will then rapidly "sprint" to the area and use its own sensors to assess the contact. First, two side pods with long-range acquisition mid-frequency active-passive sonar will verify the presence of a submarine and identify the area of uncertainty (AOU) affected by the threat to limit close surface ships' movement. Second, two higher frequency sonars in the main hull will improve tracking precision and mission reliability. Once in close proximity, total field magnetometer arrays will provide additional information about target activity to continuously track it. Finally, very high frequency sonar will produce an "acoustic image" of the target to identify and classify the specific submarine. 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 50-foot flamethrower in super slow motion.

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Volocopter

Here's a first look at Volocopter, a bizarre-looking helicopter-drone hybrid equipped with 18 rotors. It has just successfully completed its first manned flight in Southern Germany, hovering above an airfield for several minutes before landing. "It was unbelievable...it hovered totally weightlessly, I mean it didn't at all feel like there were crazy forces at work, it was all just totally light and the Volocopter immediately converted every movement I made with the joystick," said Zosel. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Samsung Contact Lens Camera

Samsung's new patent reveals that it could be working on a contact lens-like camera that is triggered by simply blinking. This contact lens would include a camera, small display an antenna, and several sensors. After snapping the image, it will need to be paired with a smartphone, tablet or computer for processing the data. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone juggling a flaming soccer ball.

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Scarlett Johansson Robot

Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old graphic designer from Hong Kong, taught himself everything about robotics from scratch, and spent over $50,000 building a Scarlett Johansson-like robot. He was able to manufacture 70% of the robot's body using a 3D printer, and through trial-and-error, setbacks, like burnt-out electric motors and it continuously toppling over, were overcome. "When I started building it, I realized it would involve dynamics, electromagnetics, and programming. I have never studied programming, how was I supposed to code? Additionally, I needed to build 3D models for all the parts inside the robot. Also, I had to make sure the robot's external skin and its internal parts could fit together. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult," said Ma. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Vertical Garden Skyscraper

Designed by Belgian architect David Tajchman, the futuristic-looking "Gran Mediterraneo" is a skyscraper that includes an automated car-park, induction charging stations for electric vehicles, vertical gardens, living units, and much more. On the outside, it looks like stacked horizontal slabs of white concrete wrapped with mirrored glass, taking on a cellular appearance. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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LIT Motors C1

Think of the all-electric LIT Motors C1 as a motorcycle crossed with a car. Using two gyroscopes and electric motors to keep its balance, the C1 is very hard to knock down. It promises up to 200-miles of all-electric range, seating for two adults, 0-60 mph acceleration in under 6-seconds, and a curb weight of just 800-pounds. The vehicle is only 40" wide, making it easy to split lanes and filter through traffic. Click here to view more pictures of the C1. Continue reading for an in-depth video of the C1's features and driving capabilities.

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OLO 3D Printer

Most 3D printers are quite large and bulky, but the OLO aims to change that. It's touted as the "world's first 3D smartphone printer," and works by using the light from your phone and special photosensitive resins to create real objects on the fly. Best of all, the machine is battery-powered, while still being compatible with lots of 3D apps, and ready to operate straight out of the box. Click here to view more images of the OLO. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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