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Pal-V Flying Car

At 950kg (2094lb), the PAL-V ONE is an autogyro with a foldable pusher propeller providing forward thrust and a free-spinning rotor providing lift. Directional stability is provided by twin boom-mounted tailfins. On the ground, the propeller and rotor are stopped and power is diverted to the wheels, allowing it to travel as a three-wheeled car. It leans into turns like a motorcycle, a solution pioneered by the Carver vehicle, also produced by a Dutch company. This vehicle has two seats and a 160 kW flight certified gasoline engine, giving it a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph) on land and in air. The manufacturer announced the flying car is going into production, with a limited edition run of 45-units at €500,000, with first deliveries happening in 2016-2017. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of "The Greatest Crossbow" ever.

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Russian Screw-Propelled Vehicle

The ZIL-2906 was basically designed to recover re-entered space capsules from the Soyuz mission, from difficult terrain. It was carried on the back of a ZIL-4906, which had a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph), until it reached terrain impassable for the 4906. At this point it would be unloaded and resume the search. Powered by two 77-horsepower VAZ engines, each driving one of the screws, the direction of rotation was controlled with two levers on the left / right sides of the central driver's seat - steering was done by pressing one of the two foot brakes. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper

For a mini home on wheels, look no further than the Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper. While it may be small, the camper boasts a slide-out queen-sized bed, skylight, two burner gas cooktop, electric brakes and even an on-board security alarm system. To ensure you always stay connected, there's a 110-watt solar panel system up top. The camper sports an aerodynamic design to ensure you only use just 10% more fuel consumption when towing versus not towing. Pricing starts at $13,000 for the Bondi Original and $16,350 for the larger Noosa Longline, which adds space for a portable toilet compartment and shower. Continue reading for two videos, including one showcasing the entertainment center and more.

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Amphibious Sub-Surface Watercraft

This amphibious sub-surface watercraft provides both above and underwater viewing options. It's ideal for exploring underwater environments without the need for a fully submersible craft, because this watercraft's buoyant above-water upper hull and two-person cockpit provides 180° surface views. The inverted 1 1/2"-thick acrylic hemisphere below provides seating for an additional two passengers underwater views. The two horizontally oriented underwater thrusters are controlled upstairs, and provide up to 6 knots forward/4 knots backward movement as well as 360° turns. On land, each of the craft's ground track systems are driven by dedicated 48-volt intercooled electric motors, enabling their heavy-duty rubber tracks to climb 30° gradients for easy ocean, lake, or boat ramp-based water entry and egress. Two 24-volt lithium battery packs provide up to 110-hours of water operation and 8-hours on land. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a hexagon cake knife that solves a problem you never had.

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One-Wheeled RYNO

The EROVER Balance Board may be more affordable, but RYNO's Micro-Cycle definitely looks cooler. At 125-pounds, this self-balancing vehicle can reach speeds up to 15 miles per hour, thanks to product engineer Chris Hoffmann's ingenious design. The massive tire that you see contains the entire power plant within the hub of the wheel to maintain balance. Since the redundant motors are contained within the wheel, the whole package has a footprint that's smaller than a bike. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Tannus Tire Never Flat

Say goodbye to flat bike tires, and hello to the Tannus Tire. Rather than a standard inter tube, these tires have a solid design that stands up to nails, glass, and any other obstructions. It uses patented Aither material that encases 10 micrometer air bubbles in a robust mesh of protective walling. Similar to a honeycomb, you can stick a pin into the air bubbles, and a handful of bubbles get burst, but the damage doesn't spread. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Onean Electric Jet Surfboard

Love surfing, but don't live near a beach? Onean's Carver electric jet board is exactly what you need. Rather than have riders generate propulsion by careening down a wave, a 4400W dual-core brushless electric motor powering an axial water pump - controlled via remote - takes care of the job. You'll be able to tackle calm rivers, narrow ravines, as well as the ocean. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of an SUV with a 4K movie theater.

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KTM X-Bow R

At first glance, this looks like a Formula 1 car, but it's just the street-legal KTM X-Bow R. This go-kart-like vehicle has been equipped with an Audi-sourced, 2.0L TFS1 that produces 300hp and 295 lb-ft of torque @ 3300pm. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis, this roadster can go from 0-62mph from a standstill in a zippy 3.9-seconds. The damage? A cool $83,800. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Bergmonch Folding Backpack Bicycle

When folded, Bergmonch - German for 'Mountain Monk' - looks like a backpack, but in just 2-minutes, it transforms into a fully-functional off-road bicycle. Weighing just 9.5kg, its innovative design features a telescoping frame that can be quickly and easily folded. There's also a storage compartment that can carry up to 26.4-pounds of supplies, and a helmet net encourages riders to bring one along. Despite its compact size, brakes are included as well. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a pistol being fired at 73,000fps.

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Flying Cloud Airstream

This beautifully restored 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream trailer, originally used as an old hunting and fishing lodge near Goose Lake, Oregon, has been given new life by Timeless Travel Trailers. In addition to the hand-polished exterior, the interior boasts natural hickory wood furnishings, aged oak flooring, along with a vintage copper cooking vent and panels. Sleeping space wise, there is a hinged mattress / bed that opens to reveal storage below, as well as a shower and toilet that are separated into two different spaces. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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