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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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Ripsaw EV2 Pick-Up

Howe & Howe Technologies has unveiled the Ripsaw EV2 Fastback Luxury Super Tank, which comes equipped with a "pick-up truck" style body so you're able to bring all your off-road toys over the roughest of terrains. It still sports 12-inches of suspension travel, a 600-horsepower diesel engine, and zombie-killing treads, which makes the EV2 Fastback perfect for any kind of disaster. 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 useful ninja shoelace life hack.

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Halfbike 2.1

Halfbike 2.1 follows up on its predecessor and manages to combine biking, running, and even scooting, into one compact package. The company claims that it "awakens your natural instinct to move", without taking away the fun factor. Simply stand in a natural walking position, and use your entire body to move. When not in use, just fold it up for easy transportation. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information. Click here for a few bonus images of more gadgets you might want, but probably don't need.

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China Elevated Bus

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The "Transit Elevated Bus" has been revealed at the Beijing High-Tech Expo, and it's designed to drive directly over cars on the street. This vehicle runs on a set of fixed rails embedded on the road, making it a cross between a tram and bus. "With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth that of the subway,' said Bai Zhiming, engineer in charge of the TEB project. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Stair-Rover Longboard

AllRover's Stair-Rover longboard is unlike any other because it boasts 8-wheels, linked together by a thermoplastic chassis with shock absorbers, perfect for navigating the city. The wheels are constructed from a 60mm 80a super-high rebound urethane connected to custom 50-degree aluminum trucks for extreme agility, while the ply maple deck, complete with handle, is rugged enough to handle any kind of stairs you decide to tackle. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what Game of Thrones would be like set in the Star Wars universe with lightsabers.

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Carbon E-Bike

Most electric bikes look boring, this one, by Moto Parilla, does not. Starting off, it comes equipped with fat tires and extreme shocks designed to traverse just about any kind of terrain. The seat is directly molded onto its carbon-fiber body, while the cafe racer-style handlebars add some style. On uphill battles, the 250 watt, 36V Shimano Steps motor kicks in to boost you up, with a top speed of 15.5mph. Or, buyers can opt for an even more hefty 48V motor, good for 22mph. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Schwinn Folding Bike

Schwinn's 10" Loop Folding Bike is perfect for those who need to get around the city, and it's being offered for $152.99 shipped (free Prime trial available), today only, originally $289.99. The Loop folds down to 30" X 32" X 11 Inch so it does not take up a lot of room in your office or appartment. Also perfect for boats, campers or small airplanes. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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BorderX Electric Skateboard

The Maverix BorderX takes skateboards to the next level by adding a powerful electric motor and off-road wheels. Aside from the 800-watt motor, good for a top speed of 18mph, it can be controlled via a wireless remote, enabling riders to zoom over rough terrain at three different speeds. When it comes time to stop on a dime, you can most certainly rely on its ABS braking system. Get one here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of MechaBowzilla, the most epic Mario boss yet.

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