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Solar Roof Tesla

Tri Huynh is one of the first homeowners to have the Tesla Solar Roof installed, and recently gave Electrek an up-close look. As you can see, with everything up and running, the Tesla mobile app shows that the system is producing 5 kW and feeding 300 watts to the house while also charging the Tesla Powerwall at 4.7 kW - the system is rated at 9.85 kW at full capacity. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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PaperID Wireless Interfaces Paper

Disney Research engineers have developed PaperID, a technology consisting of ultra-thin, battery-free Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that can be turned into simple paper input devices. It uses sensing and signal processing techniques to determine how a tag is being manipulated by the user via an RFID reader and show how tags may be enhanced with a simple set of conductive traces that can be printed on paper, stencil-traced, or even hand-drawn. These traces change the behavior of contiguous tags to serve as input devices. These capabilities allow new interactive possibilities for pop-up books and other paper craft objects. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing exactly how rubber bands are made.

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Land Rover Defender Duke

Sleek and stylish, "The Duke" Land Rover Defender 110 by Arkonik is the perfect vehicle for James Bond in his next film. This one-of-a-kind blacked out off-road beast is powered by a 3.5 L V8 engine and features giant Kahn 1983 18" alloy wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich AT tires, a First Four Shadow bumper, WARN Zeon 12K-S winch, Front Runner roof rack, 5x LED spotlights and Fire & Ice side steps. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Poweradd Pilot 4GS Power Bank

Poweradd's Pilot 4GS Power Bank not only offers a massive 12,000mAh capacity, but includes a Lightning Cable as well, all for $18.99, today only, originally $49.99. The Pilot-4GS recharges with just a Lightning connector, so you'll only need one cable to carry around, while also offering fast recharging with the 5V/2A adapter, twice as fast as the normal 5V/1A input power banks, reducing recharging time by up to 50%. Product page. Continue reading for another video review, more pictures and information.

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BMW M2 Competition

Priced from $70,575 in the UK, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is powered by a modified variant of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine sourced from the M3 / M4 that generates 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to sprint from 0-60 mph in a mere 4-seconds. Other upgrades include: a sleek black chrome exhaust system, 19" alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, special trim, racing seatbelts, sill plates, red push-button starter, new sport seats and matching steering wheel. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Alienware Hotel Room

Room 2425 at the Hilton Panama has been transformed into the "Alienware Hotel Room", or at least temporarily. In addition to the beach view, guests will get to enjoy the luxuries of a 65" 4K OLED TV, a fully-loaded Alienware PC with an Intel Core i7-7800 CPU, GTX 1080Ti, Xbox One Elite controllers, racing chair, and an Oculus Rift. Should you want to game while lazing in bed, there's also an Alienware laptop hooked up to a 34-inch ultra wide monitor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Next-Gen PSP

The Sony PS Vita is a nice portable console, but let's face it, the PSP is long overdue for a refresh, and this is what a next-generation device could look like if it had an edge-to-edge OLED display. However, this will have to come at a sacrifice, in the form of two notches that are unfortunately the controllers required to play the games. It does retain the classic rounded shape, and would most likely be released in a variety of colors, including the original grey color. Continue reading to see it in-action and for more pictures.

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AlterEgo Wearable MIT

Photo credit: MIT Media Lab

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab reveal AlterEgo, a wearable system that enables a user to silently converse with a computing device without any voice or discernible movements, thus allowing the user to communicate with devices, AI assistants, applications, or other people in a silent, concealed, and seamless manner. "A human user could transmit queries, simply by vocalizing internally (subtle internal movements) and receive aural output through bone conduction without obstructing the user's physical senses and without invading a user's privacy. AlterEgo aims to combine humans and computers - such that computing, the internet, and AI would weave into human personality as a 'second self' and augment human cognition and abilities," according to the research paper. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a machine that washes your clothes as you cycle.

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The Matrix Africa

Many theaters in Africa were not able to get their hands on the official movie posters of Hollywood blockbusters, like "The Matrix", so they tasked real artists with the job. Sure, they may not look exactly like their professionally designed counterparts, but they're quite interesting to look at to say the least. "These posters appeal to people because they invite this really incredible dialogue - a comparison between what you know of a film and how the painter imagined it. And they're also just really good art," said Los Angeles-based art dealer Ernie Wolfe to The Atlantic. Continue reading for more.

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Red Magic Smartphone

China, ZTE's sub-brand Nubia announced the launch of its first gaming smartphone, called the Red Magic, and it's definitely no slouch, especially since the handset can be picked up for just $399. Featuring a 5.99" Full HD+ display with an edge-to-edge 2.5D NEG T2X-1 display (18:9 aspect ratio / 1500:1 contrast ratio), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, an Adreno 540 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal dual-channel flash memory, and coolest of all, a GameBoost mode, which frees up memory-intensive resources to delivers the highest possible frame rates. Continue reading for an unboxing video, more pictures and information.

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