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KickStick

Rise Robotics' KickStick isn't some motor you attach to a skateboard, but rather a 3-horsepower, direct drive, in-hub brushless motor attached to the end of a staff. This self-propulsion system is used similar to an oar, with a motorized wheel on the end and a pressure-based throttle capable of pushing your skateboard up to 30mph. Simply activate the stick at the push of a button, touch the wheel to the ground, pull the lever, and you'll be ready to roll. Best of all, it's completely battery-powered, making for easy transportation. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a comparison of expensive glowsticks to cheap imitations.

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Rungu Juggernaut

Priced from $4300, the Rungu Electric Juggernaut is an all-electric, three-wheeled bike / trike hybrid that goes anywhere. Each model comes equipped with an electric engine, paired with a 3-phase hub motor that has a 20-mile range and a top speed of 20mph. Ackmermen steering enables you to steer it just like a car. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kayaker's extreme close-up of a breaching humpback whale.

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Glider Yacht

Think of the Super Sports SS18 Glider Yacht as an F1 racer for the water, and it's not just for looks, as the watercraft is capable achieving speeds in excess of 60mph. Fortunately, it has room for more than just one on the open water and comfortably accommodates up to four guests, in addition to the pilot. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Hyperloop Interior

Elon Musk's 760mph Hyperloop may be years from completion, but this is what the interior could look like, or at least for first class passengers. Argodesign's vision consists of customizable 3-car "jukeboxes" that enables capsules of five types - a vehicle car, cargo car and three passenger cars (executive, business and coach classes) - to be interchanged to create an 80-foot train. Inside, th gigantic screens are used to display calming landscapes to make up for the lack of windows. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Trefecta DRT E-Bike

Priced at $25,000, the Trefecta DRT E-Bike is touted as the world's most advanced, and rightfully so. Featuring a military-grade aluminum frame, and most importantly, a 4-kW motor, mated to a SmeshGear transmission as well as a 14-speed Rohlof Speedhub, enabling the DRT to top out at 43.5 mph. Plus, the motor is capable of transferring as much as 184 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel, sending you zooming up any inclines around and below 45%. On the tech side, you'll find an intelligent onboard fly-by-wire computer system with automatic gear shifting, electronic gear selection, along with suspension / shock absorption settings, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi that connects with the specialist Trefecta iOS app. Expect a 62-mile range without pedaling when fully charged, and combined with an optional extra battery that can be switched in with a clever quick swapping system, it can be doubled. Once finished riding, the bike folds down into its own carrying case. 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 liquid nitrogen freeze ray.

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Bus Drives Over Cars

Engineers in China have built a real-life version of the straddling "Transit Elevated Bus". Yes, it's the one that actually drives over cars in traffic. At 22-meter-long, 7.8-meter-wide and 4.8-meter-high, the TEB-1 can accommodate up to 300 passengers, and runs on a set of fixed rails to ensure that it doesn't stray off course in case of human error. Continue reading for an in-depth video showing exactly how it works and what kinds of technologies you'll find inside each vehicle.

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Cyclotron Smart Cycle

Think of the Cyclotron as a real-life TRON Lightcycle, as this spokeless bicycle comes equipped with self-charging lithium ion battery, dual halo LED wheels, an integrated bike lane laser projector and lots more. There's also an accompanying iOS / Android app that works similar to a fitness tracker, showing your speed, power output, calories burned, and cadence. Continue reading for more pictures and a link to the Kickstarter page.

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Rolls-Royce Ship

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new type of autonomous ship that will be used to transport cargo around the world. These unmanned vessels are controlled from a central holodeck, and could hit seas by 2020. Yes, it does come equipped with a central holodeck bridge, called the "Future Operator Experience Concept". The smart workstations automatically recognize crew members when they walk into the bridge, while the windows of the bridge double as augmented reality displays. "We are entering a truly exciting period in the history of shipping, where technology, and in particular the smart use of Big Data is going to drive the next generation of ships. Over the next ten to 20 years we believe Ship Intelligence is going to be the driving force that will determine the future of our industry, the type of ships at sea, and the competence levels required from tomorrow's seafarers," said Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce President. 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 an interesting butane torch and tube experiment.

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ICON A5 Plane

The problem with most private planes is they require storage at an airfield, but ICON Aircraft's A5, aims to change that. At $190,000, less than half the cost of a new Lamborghini Aventador, this 2-seat aircraft is powered by a Rotax 912 engine that generates 100-horsepower to a single propeller located behind the cockpit, good for a top speed of 109 miles per hour and maximum altitude of 15,000. It's versatile enough to dock and take off from the water, with a 400-mile flight range. You'll only need a sport pilot license, and 20 hours of training to start enjoying your new toy. 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 showing what happens when you place a light bulb in liquid nitrogen.

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Segway miniPRO

The Segway miniPRO sports precision sensors and a unique knee control bar that make it far easier to ride than the faux hoverboards currently available. This design is perfect for extended use, especially since it has a 10mph top speed and 14-mile range when fully charged. In addition to app control, it boasts automatic headlights, LED taillights, anti-theft system, and intelligent algorithms that adapt to your riding style. The lights are also customizable - you can adjust headlight brightness up to five meters, and choose from more than 16 million taillight color variations. Get one here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Elon Musk explaining why we're probably living in a video game simulation.

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