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Signing Machine

Have $367,500 burning a hole in your pocket? Well, you could either sign your own name on documents, or buy Jaquet Droz's "Signing Machine", which functions exactly as it sounds. Consisting of 585 parts, this pocket-sized mechanical machine uses a 4-digit numeric code to sign the owners signature to exact specification, complete with hand-engraved gold finishes. When fully wound, you can use it for two full signatures. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

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Steampunk Watch Write Erase Time

Japan-based industrial designer "FRISK_P" specializes in creating Steampunk-inspired masterpieces, and each one is unique in their own right. One of her most recent projects was a wristwatch, called "Automaton" that continually writes and erases the current time. That's right, a mechanism picks up a quill, writes the time on a tablet, and then wipes the surface clean. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Smartwatch Projector

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Haier's Asu Smartwatch may be bulky, but for a good reason. At the push of a button, information can be projected at 480x854-pixel resolution directly onto your wrist, thanks to a built-in Pico Projector. For now, it can project the digits you're typing when you enter a phone number, the numberof steps you've taken with the integrated fitness tracker, and even a temporary light-based tattoo. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Xbox Watch

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Back in 2013, Microsoft teamed up with HTC to build an Xbox Watch, but unfortunately, things never panned out. Many engineers on Microsoft's side previously worked on Xbox accessories and the Kinect sensor. This prototype included a 1.5-inch display, removable, a GPS unit, and workout apps. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Leatherman Tread Tempo

The Leatherman Tread Tempo combines 30 hard-working tools with a precision Leatherman-designed, Swiss-made timepiece. It effortlessly fuses utility and style for quick fixes at home or across the globe. The Tread Tempo has the following features: 200m water resistance, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, precision Swiss made Ronda 715 movement, adjustable clasp to 1/8" and date/time functions with 3 luminescent hands. 5-year battery. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

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Paper Watch G-Shock

Manabu Kosaka, an artist based in Saitama, Japan, takes Kent paper, and can transform it into any wristwatch model out there. That's right, no 3D printers are used, as he first draws the design on a sheet of Kent paper, then starts using basic tools - such as glue, dremels, an Xacto knife - to cut tiny characters as small as 1 mm in size, and finally, takes tweezers to place them in their proper spots. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Elago W3 Apple Watch Stand

Elago's W3 Stand transforms your Apple Watch into a mini Macintosh computer, and it's being offered for just $7.99, today only, originally $14.99. View your Apple Watch display through a blast from the past. The display lines up perfectly to seem as though it is the display of an old Apple monitor. It's made from scratch-free silicone to prevent damage to your Apple Watch and to prevent it from moving around when resting on a surface. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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FlexEnable Flexible Display

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Why bother with smartwatches, when you could just wear FlexEnable's OLCD (organic liquid crystal display)? This early prototype was encased in a stiff metal frame, and could be incorporated into future mobile devices. Unfortunately, the technology has not yet progressed to the point where the displays can be flexed freely, but on the bright side, flexible OLED displays could be on smartphones as early as next year. 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 Waymo's fully self-driving cars in-action.

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Apple Watch X

Android Wear smartwatches have always sported round designs, but that hasn't been the case with Apple's offering. Industrial designer Ruguan Liu aims to change that with the Apple Watch X by showing that iOS works just as well as its square-faced counterpart, starting with an edge-to-edge OLED display and a dial that can be used to scroll through apps. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Apple Watch 3

Apple unveiled its updated Apple Watch Series 3 today, and it will offer an LTE cellular connection, making it a standalone device. That's right, users will be able to make calls and send texts from the accessory, even without an iPhone in range. The Series 3 is also 50% more power efficient for both Bluetooth and Wifi, while enabling you to stream 40 million songs to your wrist through Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio. Expect to pay $399 for the cellular version, $329 for the one without. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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