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Ecocapsule

Photo credit: Ecocapsule via Inhabitat

Always wanted to live off-grid in any place your heart desires? If so, Ecocapsule is exactly what you're looking for. Designed by Nice Architects, this tiny sustainable home is powered by by solar / wind energy, and includes rainwater collection as well as a filtration system. While it may be small, the designers claim the micro-shelter can comfortably sleep two adults. Featuring a folding bed, two large windows, a work area that doubles as dining space, a shower, toilet, storage space and a built-in kitchenette with running water to round things off. Its integrated 750W wind turbine and a 2.6-square-meter solar array (600W output) power the Ecocapsule. Thanks to a dual-power system, the high-capacity battery (9,744Wh capacity) ensures you always have power in case of emergency. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Pringles are made.

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HotTug Jacuzzi Boat

What could be more relaxing than sitting in a hot tub on a chilly night? How about sitting in a hot tub while cruising down a lake? Meet the HotTug. This is essentially a 2,000-liter hot tub that's been transformed into a boat that can seat 6-8 people comfortably. The wooden stove located on-board stays warm regardless of how cold the water may be. After filling the tub, simply step away for a few hours and wait for it to reach the desired temperature. Once you're finished, you can use the included pump to empty it out. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Aqua Amazon Aqua Expeditions

Do you have wanderlust (a strong desire to travel) and want an experience that combines modern luxury with the sights of the Amazon River? Aqua Expeditions' Aqua Amazon is just for you. From afar, it looks like a normal ship, but in reality, it's a 12 suite luxury vessel that can comfortably house up to 32-guests. This stunning 147-foot-long vessel was designed by renowned Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Amazing Underwater Split-Shot Photographs

Officially called "over-unders" or "split-shots", these underwater photos are occur when the top half of the photo, and are often shot with a very wide fisheye lens. Photographers say that these shots work best in shallow water and calm water, especially during the early morning hours. Since the brightness in the top half will be greater than the underwater portion of the photo, strobes are used underwater to brighten up that area. To get really technical, graduated density and split filters are used to help reduce the difference in contrast between the sky and the underwater scene. Continue reading for more.

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Sealander Amphibious Trailer

If James Bond owned a camping trailer, Sealander would be it. After spending countless hours on the road, just attach the outboard engine to the stern and you're ready for the water. The 5hp electric motor can also power small gadgets onboard, and can be recharged either through a home electrical outlet or by the same tow cable that powers the amphibious vehicle's brake lights. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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4D Batman Six Flags

Six Flags San Antonio has officially debuted their all-new 4D Batman "free-fly" roller coaster, which will open to the public on May 23. This attraction propels riders straight up a 120-foot elevator-style lift, and then flip them 360° head-over-heels at least 6-times as they careen around the track, which also includes a pair of stomach-churning 90° drops. Park marketing director Jeffrey Siebert says: "Not only does it flip head over heels, but you're actually seated on the side of the track with nothing above you and nothing below you. You're completely in the blind, so you really do need Batman-style bravery, not necessarily a Batman suit, but bravery to come and challenge this crazy ride." Continue reading for footage of the actual ride in-action.

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Will Smith Luxury Trailer

Built by Anderson Mobile Estates, The Heat is essentially a 2-story luxury home on wheels that spans an impressive 1,200-square-feet of living space. Inside, you'll find conference rooms, a full kitchen, master bedroom suite, guest rooms, multiple bathrooms, complete with showers, flat-screen displays, leather / oak / marble accents and lots more. If you plan on spending a night or two, a 24/7 video surveillance system offers 360° security around the clock. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. One caveat: it'll set you back a cool $2-million or more, depending on how you option it out. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of the most insane parkour runs you'll ever see.

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HC1 Travel Trailer

Take a VW Bus, shorten it, add a LEGO-like modular interior and you have the HC1. This nifty travel trailer features custom fiberglass modular cubes that can also be used as indoor and outdoor furniture. Going on a road trip with friends? It sleeps up to 5-people comfortably, with room for single, double or queen size beds, storage, hauling, cooking and even commercial uses. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sewer Pipe Hotel Austria

Sewer pipes and hotel rooms usually aren't used in the same sentence, but Das Park Hotel is definitely an exception. Designer Andreas Strauss created an entire hotel using old sewage pipes, called "Das Park Hotel". It's located in Ottensheim, Austria, within each 6.5-foot diameter pipe there are paintings by Austrian artist Thomas Latzel Ochoa, along with a small window for natural light to enter. Other amenities include a double-bed, storage space, and even a small charging station for your gadgets. How much does it cost? It's "ay as you wish" system that lets guests pay exactly what they think their stay was worth. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Hello Kitty Restaurant Hong Kong

The world's first Hello Kitty-themed dim sum restaurant has opened in Hong Kong, and diners will be able to order from a menu of around 37 dishes, including these buns, which take 17 steps to make. Owner Man Kwong said: "Hello Kitty is more popular in Hong Kong than in [her native] Japan." These isn't your typical dim sum fare, as owner Kwong plans to "stick to all-natural ingredients," rather than crammed with MSG and what not. The restaurant is officially slated to open on June 1st. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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