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Pocket Projector

AAXA's Mini LED Pocket Projector is about the same size as most cell phones, yet is capable of delivering a stunning 60" image in dark environments. Additional features include adjustable tripod, mini-HDMI support, Micro SD, USB port, composite video input, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The LED Pico's lithium ion battery gives you upwards of 80+ minutes of operation! Rechargeable and long lasting, the internal lithium ion battery makes the LED Pico a truly portable device. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Bike Dispenser Vending Machine

Unlike other low-tech bike rental systems where the units are stored outside on racks, the Bikedispenser in The Netherlands is an actual vending machine of sorts that dispenses out a bicycle when money is inserted. These machines were created by Dutch company Springtime, and thanks to the introduction of new technologies like RFID chips, smart cards, etc., it became possible to automatically rent out a bike and then return it after use. Every bike has a hidden Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag, so these could be rented out from one location and returned at another. Continue reading for more.

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Ultrasone Limited Edition

Ultrasone's Edition 10 Limited Audiophile Headphones will cost you a hefty $2,599 on sale ($3,499.99 MSRP), and that's because each one is handmade in Germany, offering open natural sound design without any limitations. An exclusive headphone stand is included in each package, made from the same Zebrano wood as the clasps on the outer ear cups. Technologies used include: ULE-technology (Mu Metal shielding) and S-Logic Plus, which combines precision dampening with micro-acoustic reinforcement, allowing driver, buffer-board, and spatial parameters to complement one another in an optimal manner. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Missing Boeing 727-223

A Boeing 727-223, registered N844AA, was stolen from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, Angola on May 25, 2003. Its disappearance prompted a worldwide search by the FBI and the CIA. Shortly before sunset on that day, two men boarded the plane, one of them being flight engineer Ben Charles Padilla (seen at controls), and the other, a hired mechanic from the Republic of the Congo. Neither man was certified to fly the Boeing 727, which normally requires three aircrew. They had been working with Angolan mechanics to get the plane flight-ready. The aircraft began taxiing without communicating with the control tower and maneuvered erratically while entering a runway without clearance. The tower tried to make contact, but there was no response, and the tracking transponder was turned off. With its lights off, the aircraft took off, heading southwest over the Atlantic Ocean. Neither the plane nor the two men have been seen since. Continue reading for more mysterious disappearances.

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Window Solar Charger

This solar window charger aims to make recharging your gadgets a breeze. It basically provides an adhesive surface which sticks to any window or smooth glass surface, enabling users to harness solar energy to charge their gadgets while indoors. The 1800 mAh lithium battery uses electricity produced by the sun to charge itself as well as the phone. Leave it stuck to your window before work every morning, and it'll be fully charged by the time you get home (10-15 hours). Product page. Continue reading to see more solar-powered gadgets that exist now.

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Pyro Board

Sune Nielsen, a masters student in physics at Denmark's Aarhus University, has become an internet star, thanks to his homemade "Pyro Board", which uses fire to represent music visually. It's essentially a sealed metal box that allows flammable gas to mix with sound waves. On top, gas flows out of 2,500 perforations to create 2,500 individual flames synchronized to the music being played below. At certain frequencies of sound, the device reveals standing waves, which appear as an unmoving pattern of flame resembling a sine wave. Continue reading for more.

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3D Printing Pen

The cost of 3D printers has decreased dramatically since about 2010, with machines that used to cost $20,000 now costing less than $1,000 - like the highly-rated Dremel Idea Builder. As the costs of 3D printers have come down they are becoming more appealing financially to use for self-manufacturing of personal products. In addition, 3D printing products at home may reduce the environmental impacts of manufacturing by reducing material use and distribution impacts. Now, there's even 3D-printing pens that allow you to draw objects in mid-air. Continue reading to see more.

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AquaFarm

AquaFarm v2 isn't just an ordinary fish aquarium, this one is self-cleaning. In other words, fish waste is used to fertilize the plants, and then the plants act as a biofilter to purify the water, which means you never have to clean the aquarium. You can grow all kinds of foods and herbs including: basil, wheatgrass, organic beans, spinach, oregano, baby greens and more. Best of all, the package includes everything you need to get started, such as a water pump, organic seeds and a discount coupon for a Betta fish. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO

Plantronics BackBeat PRO is the only pair of Bluetooth headphones you'll find in this list that cost more than $50, but there are some who prefer quality at any price. When you need to tune out the world and tune into your thoughts, Active Noise Canceling (ANC) rescues you. Use it with or without your music to help you focus or just get lost in the moment. When you want to check back in with the world around you, their adjustable OpenMic feature lets you control the level of ambient noise you hear. Product page. Continue reading to see more.

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Iceland Geyser

Photo credit: Alban Henderyckx

This photo - captured by the very talented Alban Henderyckx - may look like an alien planet, but it's just Iceland. He says: "Wandering somewhere in the inland of the Iceland, it must have been around 24 hours I was awake. Surrounded by a thick fog, I was driving on the chaotic desert trails of Highlands that reigned a captivating and dramatic atmosphere!" This country has many geysers, including Geysir, from which the English word is derived, and the famous Strokkur, which erupts every 5-10 minutes. After a phase of inactivity, Geysir started erupting again after a series of earthquakes in 2000. Geysir has since grown quieter and does not erupt often. Continue reading for more.

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