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Halfbike 2.1

Halfbike 2.1 follows up on its predecessor and manages to combine biking, running, and even scooting, into one compact package. The company claims that it "awakens your natural instinct to move", without taking away the fun factor. Simply stand in a natural walking position, and use your entire body to move. When not in use, just fold it up for easy transportation. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information. Click here for a few bonus images of more gadgets you might want, but probably don't need.

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Polaris Slingshot SL LE

It's a go-kart...it's a 3-wheeled motorcycle...it's the turbocharged Polaris Slingshot SL LE? That's right, the latest model has just been unveiled, and it's better than ever. At a mere 1,743-pounds, the vehicle is powered by a turbocharged 2.4L engine that produces 173hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual sending power to the rear wheel. Best of all, prices start at just $26,999. Click here for more pictures of the Slingshot SL LE. Continue reading for another hands-on test drive video and more information.

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XStat Syrine

We covered the XStat Rapid Homeostasis System back in December, when it first received FDA approval, but now, the device has saved its first life on the battlefield. The syringe is filled with cellulose sponge tablets that are coated with a homeostatic agent that grows rapidly to fill the wound. They absorb blood pumping into the area, and plug the cavity to allow clotting to begin near instantly. In its first real world application, a soldier's femoral artery was damaged by a gunshot wound, and the XStat syringe was used to fill the wound, enabling him to become stable and be transported to a definitive care facility. 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 the ultimate grappling hook, and just how difficult it is to use one.

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Barisieur Alarm Clock Coffee Alarm Clock

Making its first appearance online in 2014, British designer Joshua Renouf has finally unveiled a working prototype of the Barisieur Alarm Clock. Put simply, this contraption is designed to brew you a fresh cup of coffee when it's time to wake up. It aims to stimulate all five senses: sound (brew), sight (water being filtered), touch (pressing buttons), smell, and taste. The alarm clock consists of a glass beaker of sorts, stainless steel filter, milk jar, peltier cooler, as well as a stainless steel tray base used to store beans, sugar and other coffee brewing supplies. Continue reading for more pictures and information on how to get one.

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EC Technology Power Bank

EC Technology's 22400mAh Power Bank can charge up to 3 devices simultaneously, and it's being offered for only $18.99 with coupon code: 4J5D66OH, today only, originally $44.99. The textured high-grade flame-retardant plastic shell protects the power bank from damage. Over-charging, over-voltage, over-current and short-circuit protection systems are implemented to protect your devices. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: 4J5D66OH during final checkout to receive the additional discount. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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Mega Cockroach Trap

Cockroaches are one of the few creatures that could possibly survive a nuclear apocalypse, but a team of Japanese researchers wanted to find a less destructive solution to ridding homes of these pests. So, the team at Earth Chemicals created a "mega cockroach trap", or in other words, a platform covered in a highly sticky substance. To test its effectiveness, they filmed a lab coat, an athlete, and a sumo wrestler's fruitless attempts to cross it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of seemingly gravity-defying jumpers.

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360Fly 4K Camera

360Fly may look like a toy at first, but at the press of a button, this spherical device starts recording 360° footage in 4K resolution. That's right, it cuts out all the manual work that involves painstakingly stitching together all video clips, and automatically records in ultra high definition. It comes equipped with 64GB of internal memory to store all those files. Continue reading for a video review and more information. Click here to view a few bonus images of some gadgets you might want, but probably don't need.

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Airbus H160 VIP

Billionaires of the world have a new toy they can add to their stable: the Airbus H160 VIP. At $22-million, it's the world's first all-composite civil helicopter with a range of 500 miles. It's powered by two Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines that generate 1,300 shaft horsepower, enabling the aircraft to cruise at speeds of up to 185mph. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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MIT Materiable

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MIT's Tangible Media Group has created a shape-shifting block interface, called "Materiable", that can mimic water, sand, rubber and more. By integrating the multi-modal sensation techniques of haptics, the team was able to build a perceptive model for those materials in response to direct manipulation without precise force feedback. "The system can create computationally variable properties of deformable materials that are visually and physically perceivable. In our experiments, users identify three deformable material properties (flexibility, elasticity and viscosity) through direct touch interaction with the shape display and its dynamic movements," said the team. 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 that shows how to make a liquid nitrogen-propelled rocket launcher.

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iPhone 6 Prototype

Another year, another iPhone prototype surfaces on eBay. This time, it's an iPhone 6 prototype running Apple's 'SwitchBoard' software, which is used by testers, and disables the calling as well as camera functions. Plus, it has the rare red lightning connector, only found on test units. "I bought this item from a friend of mine, it is a iPhone 6 prototype, it has no FCC logos, Serial Number or Imei. From what I know it runs a debugging OS called SwitchBoard and features a red lightning dock port with a serial number of C39NW00KG876," said the seller. Unfortunately, once bidding reached $53,000, the listing was taken down by the auction site. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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