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Nerf Mass Effect


When is a NERF gun not just a toy? When The Hacksmith gets his hands on one of them. To be more specific, it shoots red hot ferrocerium, which explodes on impact into a cloud of sparkling shrapnel in excess of 3000° C. How does it work? It's basically an air gun that shoots a custom over the barrel ferrocerium dart, heated by a 1000W induction coil until it is glowing red. The key to not getting burned is a string from the trigger to trip the quick release valve. 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 five everyday inventions you didn't know came from DARPA.

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NES Car

Photo credit: Jennings Ford Direct

Ever wonder what video game consoles would look like as real cars? If so, then the crew at Jennings Ford Direct have just the vehicles for you, starting with the NES car. It retains the classic boxy shape, complete with controller port, cartridge slot windows, and gamepad buttons. Other consoles include: the Atari 2600, Game Boy Color, and Nintendo Switch. Continue reading to see them all.

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TinyScreen

First, there was TinyCircuits' Tiny Arcade, a miniature arcade cabinet that fits on just about any desk. Now, the company has unveiled what could quite possibly be the world's smallest, yet functional, game console, called "TinyScreen". This DIY machine includes all the parts required to build and play popular games, like Flappy Bird, Asteroids, and Space Invaders. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Retro TV Game Console

Imgur user "FinnAnderson" scooped up a vintage television found in a dumpster on the side of a street, and transformed it into a custom game console. It's powered by Raspberry Pi 3 running the RetroPie image, and can emulate most of the classic video game consoles, including the N64, PS1, and Dreamcast. A wireless XBOX controller receiver was added for multiplayer gaming during parties. When breaking news hits, you're able to switch into television mode, as a digital tuner was also integrated, complete with knob control. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Nintendo PlayStation Prototype

Professional video game system modder Ben Heck is at it again, and this time, he's managed to get the disc drive working on an extremely rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype. For those unfamiliar with this console, it was basically planned to be launched as an add-on for the standard Super NES, as well as a stand-alone hybrid console. The standalone unit has the following connectors: Two SNES Gamepad ports, Cartridge slot, Dual-speed CD-ROM, AV RCA composite Stereo, S-Video, RFU DC OUT (similar to the PlayStation SCPH-1001), Nintendo proprietary Multi-out AV Connector (same as the Super NES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube), Headphone jack on the front, Serial Port labelled "NEXT" (probably for debugging) and one Expansion Port under the unit. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why guardrails are important in rally car races.

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Minecraft Animals

Digital artist Aditya Aryanto from Jakarta, Indonesia wondered what real animals would look like in the Minecraft universe, so he took several photos and transformed them into these bizarre blocky creatures. To be more specific, he scourd Unsplash and Pixabay for a few public domain images, loaded them into Photoshop, and used the curves filter to create the blocky look. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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MSI Ryzen Motherboard

The MSI B350M Gaming Pro Motherboard is perfect for an AMD Ryzen PC build, and it's being offered for just $69.99 shipped, today only, originally $89.99. It has 2 x DDR4 memory slots supporting up to 32GB, Steel Armor, is Virtual Reality Ready, and Turbo M.2 Boost. Product page. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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Altoids Tin Game Console

Always wanted an unconventional portable game console that nobody would ever expect? If so, then look no further than the mintyPi 2.0. Created by "sudomod", this Raspberry Pi-powered machine now features a larger display, upgraded speakers, integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, and a hinged display that allows for better viewing angles. The portable game console runs the open source RetroPie software, which lets you install a host of emulators. Continue reading for a video of mintyPi 1.0 and more information.

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NVIDIA Shield TV Streaming Media Player

NVIDIA's Shield TV Streaming Media Player (2017) is perfect for both home entertainment as well as gaming, and it's being offered for just $199.99 shipped. Enjoy the smoothest streaming in hundreds of PC-quality games with the next generation of GeForce NOW. Play exclusive Android games or cast your PC game library from your GeForce GTX-powered rig to your living room in up to 4K HDR using NVIDIA GameStream. Just say what you want to see and let Google's revolutionary voice search technology find it within seconds. Get the most comprehensive search results of any streaming device with results from over 100 apps, including Netflix, YouTube, HULU, HBO, VUDU, and more. Product page. Continue reading for another video preview and more information.

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Vega Game Console

Nintendo's Switch may still be the hottest ticket right now, but that could all change if other companies start releasing similar portable game consoles, such as the "Vega". In addition to the detachable tablet, this device boasts a modular design, enabling users to easily switch from joypads to speakers, and even number keys. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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