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Toyota i-ROAD

We have seen the future of city transportation, and it's the Toyota i-ROAD. Currently being tested in Grenoble, France, it's basically a 3-wheeled electric vehicle with a range of up to 30-miles on a single charge. With Toyota's "Active Lean" technology, it's not only safe, but intuitive and enjoyable to drive, with no need for a helmet. The vehicle is only 92-inches long, 57-inches tall and 35-inches-wide. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures and additional information.

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Speaker Fire Extinguisher

George Mason University students Viet Tran and Seth Robertson spent $600 building a prototype (patent pending), speaker-like canister that directs low-frequency waves to a specific point, paired with a 20-pound, over-the-shoulder pack to generate the said waves. Tran says: "But it's low-frequency sounds - like the thumping bass in hip-hop that works...rappers like 50 Cent could probably douse a fire, and that hip-hop celebrity endorsements might be just the [golden] ticket." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Jamstik+ Smart Guitar

First there was Jamstik, now Zivix has unveiled the new and improved Jamstik+. It's essentially a guitar MIDI controller that uses natural guitar frets and strings, rather than switches and piezo sensors. It offers a wireless BluetoothSmart connection for compatible iOS devices to make connecting simple. Don't know how to play? The included apps will guide you from how to hold a pick correctly to creating your own song. Continue reading for two more videos, the Kickstarter page and more information.

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InfiniteUSB

The problem with most computers today is that there just aren't enough USB ports, that is unless...you have InfiniteUSB. Wit this accessory, whenever one of the cables are plugged in, a new USB port will be created, which means you can connect multiple devices without needing a separate hub. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page.

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Jet Capsule

Think of the Jet Capsule Reptile as a mini yacht and jet ski in one, with the sleek lines of a spaceship, providing luxury amenities without sacrificing performance and maneuverability on the water. Made by Italy-based Lazzarini, this updated model is lighter, faster, and offers more performance, weighing 1,102-pounds less than its predecessor. It's powered by a 570 horsepower Ilmore MV8 high performance engine that can boost it up to 50 knots (58 mph). Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Star Wars Forcefield

Boeing has just won a patent for a protective force field that could prevent vehicles from being harmed by explosions. No, patent doesn't entail stopping bullets or lasers using some sort of exotic dark matter or anything like that, but rather, it detects explosions near a vehicle, quickly heats up the air or water between the vehicle as well as the blast, and the heat creates a plasma shield that is more dense than normal air, adding to the vehicle's protection. Continue reading to see the real patent.

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Carnegie Wave Energy

These look like underwater UFOs, but the Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project uses waves to generate real power for the electric grid on land. These buoy-like CETO technologies are submerged in the roiling seas off the coast of Perth in Western Australia and will harness energy from incoming swells and convert it into electricity and desalinated water, no greenhouse gas emissions required. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sugru

Sugru Sealer is essentially self-setting rubber, a sort of Play Doh-like moldable glue, that turns to silicone rubber when left overnight to set. It bonds to most wood, glass, plastics, metals, and just about any other everyday material. That's not all, it's also waterproof and can handle temperatures from as low as -50°C to +180°C. When cured, it's flexible rather than rigid, which means that you can repair things that need to be able to move like textiles, cables, or shoes. It's also electrically insulating. Product page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Intel Pentium III

Intel's Pentium III refers to Intel's 32-bit x86 desktop and mobile microprocessors based on the sixth-generation P6 microarchitecture introduced on February 26, 1999. Compared to its predecessor, the most notable differences were the addition of the SSE instruction set (to accelerate floating point and parallel calculations), and the introduction of a controversial serial number embedded in the chip during the manufacturing process. The first Pentium III variant was the Katmai (Intel product code 80525), which saw an increase of 2 million transistors over the Pentium II. Continue reading to see what the inside of a CPU circuit looks like under a microscope.

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Real Light Cycle

A new TRON movie is coming soon, but for those who've always wanted a Light Cycle after seeing them in the original over 30-years ago, now is your chance. This real-life recreation is powered by a 96-volt, direct-drive motor paired with lithium batteries and a computer-controlled throttle. Aesthetics wise, it comes complete with the iconic blue lights, ultra wide tires, and hubless wheels. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and the auction page.

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