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Twisted Automotive Land Rover Defender

Twisted Automotive specializes in customizing Land Rover Defenders, and their "T80" is definitely no slouch. Performance wise, they've remapped the ECU for more power, complete with a speed de-restriction, added a stainless steel exhaust, anti-roll bars, red Alcon brakes, 18" alloy wheels, a 304 stainless steel cotton panel air filter and a new Twisted intercooler. Inside, it sports Recaro CS seats wrapped in Nappa leather, a DAB double din head unit with navigation, and a reverse camera feed. You're free to add even more options, but as configured, it's priced at $92,000 USD. 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 five useful baking soda life hacks that don't involve cooking

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Full Moon Service

Photo credit: Erik Johansson

Photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson has revealed his latest project, titled "Full Moon Service," and it depicts workers swapping in a full moon to show the lunar phases. "This is a photo I've been working on from now and then for the past 8 months. Shot in late summer of 2016 a beautiful calm evening in the middle of Sweden. I brought out 7 rice lamps, 7 light bulbs, an electric generator, a car and two models out in a field. The main part that has been retouched in this photo is to replace the rice ball with a moon texture, the light and the mood was very close to what you see in the photo," said Johansson. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Collapsible LED Lantern

Etekcity's Collapsible LED Lantern doubles as a flashlight torch by simply revealing the amount of light you need, and a 4-pack is being offered for just $19.99, today only, originally $79.99. Whether used for camping, trick or treating, or power outages, this lantern will provide up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional LED lighting to see your surroundings. When the battery power of the lantern runs low, the brightness will dim to an energy saving mode to provide longer lasting illumination. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.

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Microwave Game Console

Inventor Colin Furze is back at it again, and this time, he's created "Play-O-Wave", or in other words, a functional microwave game console. In the test, he plays games loaded directly onto a controller via a component connection, but in reality, you could hook up a real game console, or just enjoy your favorite television shows, using the display. Yes, it can still cook food while you play games, and the door had to be made slightly thicker for things to function properly, but as you can see, the project was well worth the time. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how you could write a hit song in a week.

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Project One Hypercar

The Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will officially be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but automotive designer Yicheng Fan provides us with a few renderings of what it could look like. Featuring an sleek elongated windshield, headlights that seamlessly blend in with the hood, large air intakes and a floating Mercedes badge up front. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures, and additional information.

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Kiwano K01

There are hoverboards, and then the Kiwano K1, a single-wheeled electric scooter unlike any other. Once you step off the K01 will follow along, at the push of a button. It's constructed of lightweight carbon fiber and zinc alloy, enabling it to hit 20mph, thanks to a powerful wheel hub motor, even on inclines of up to 35 percent. When paired with the companion app, users can control it wirelessly, right down to the launch positioning, and / or checking the speed, battery, distance, and route map. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Cortana Hologram

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system features Cortana, a digital assistant, but what if a Halo-style, holographic version existed? Developer Jared Archer wondered just that, and decided to make it a reality. Simply put as possible, Archer's wife stood in as the motion capture model for Cortana, and two Microsoft Kinect motion sensors were used to record her movements and apply them to the Cortana model in Unity. The 3D Cortana was created by utilizing the Pepper's Ghost technique, along with three panes of mirror glass and a USB monitor. A 3D printer created the appliance, powered by a Windows 10 computer with 4GB of RAM, as well as an Arduino unit for controlling the lights. Lastly, a Unity 3D app transmits the image of "Cortana" from three different angles, while a front-facing camera tracks the viewer to ensure the assistant follows them. "It's basically what I imagine Microsoft's version of Alexa or Google Home would be like if they were to use the holographic sidekick from the Halo franchise," said Archer. 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 ten movie mistakes that even digital effects couldn't save.

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Datamancer Sojourner Steampunk Keyboard

Datamancer's "The Sojourner" Steampunk Keyboard is real, and not just a concept or hobbyist project, but unfortunately, it'll set you back a total of $1,015 shipped. "Looking as though it has traveled the world in the backpack of an intrepid explorer, the Sojourner is crafted in polished brass, then artificially tarnished. This keyboard is reminiscent of an earlier era, when beauty and technology went hand-in-hand. Featuring a unique parchment Elizabethan typeface that befits the overall aesthetic of the keyboard," according to its designer. Get one here now. Continue reading for a video of it being blown up, more pictures, and additional information. Click here for a few bonus reviews.

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Foot's Cay Private Island

Always wanted to become a Bond villain, and have $16-million burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than Foot's Cay, a private island spanning 20 acres on the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas. It includes a four-suite mansion outfitted with professional-grade appliances, a traditional three bedroom cottage for guests, and another two bedroom cottage at the end of the western beach. As for entertainment, there's a tennis court with a cabana, and a massive white sand beach, all located just 30-minutes from an international airport. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of extreme crosswind plane landings during a storm.

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Ferrari 612 GTO III

We have seen the future of hypercars, and it looks like the Ferrari 612 GTO III by auto designer Sasha Selipanov. The front headlights are inspired by the McLaren 570S, 650S and P1, as they seamlessly border the large air intakes on both sides of the vehicle, while a wide grille and a trio of intakes cover the hood. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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