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Original Xbox Prototype

Photo credit: Graeme Boyd

There’s one more reason to visit Microsoft’s new Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, and that’s to see the original X-shaped Xbox prototype that Bill Gates showcased on stage at GDC 2000. According to Dean Takahashi’s Opening the Xbox, it cost around $18,000 to make because the case itself was milled from a solid block of aluminum. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one where a person interviews Pepper, the humanoid robot.

Disney Flying Robot

Disney Imagineers have developed autonomous flying robot stunt doubles for use in their theme parks, unlike the animatronics found in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and Na’vi at Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar. These humanoid robots user laser guidance systems, built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes, to adjust their position in mid-air, similar to comic book superheroes. 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 about casting metal for a meteorite ring.

Pocket Microsoft Surface

Photo credit: David Breyer

Microsoft has been secretly working on a project these past two years, codenamed “Andromeda,” and according to patents, it’s a pocket-sized device with a dual-display design. Think of it as a cross between a smartphone, tablet and laptop computer, running a special version of Windows OS. When the device is fully opened, both displays will combine to form a single larger display, complete with a pen. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one that covers if you should buy the newest Blackberry phone.

Mobile Airbag Smartphone

Phillip Frenzel, a 25-year-old master’s mechatronics engineering student at Aalen University in Germany, developed a mobile airbag of sorts for smartphones. This idea came about when he accidentally broke his own device when the jacket containing his smartphone was thrown over a banister, with the impact causing it to break. How does it work? Well, it’s basically a smartphone case that unfolds from the corners when its built-in sensors detect a fall. 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 device that lets you control video games hands-free.

Marines Autonomous Flight

Office of Naval Research (ONR) engineers have successfully demonstrated Aurora’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS), which enables any rotary-wing aircraft to fly autonomously. This enables a Marine in the field to quickly request supplies, even in dangerous environments, using a handheld tablet, without prior training required. “AACUS gives revolutionary capability to our fleet and force. It can be used as a pilot aid in degraded visual environments, or allow fully autonomous flights in contested environments, keeping our pilots out of harm’s way,” said Dennis Baker, AACUS program officer. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one that shows what it’s like to build LEGO models for a living.

F-15E Mach Loop

Several U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles were captured flying through the Mach Loop in north Wales this week, training in an area where pilots are permitted to fly as low as 250-feet while maneuvering through the mountains, training to avoid enemy radar. Like clockwork, the local plane spotters know exactly when to show up, and managed to capture this stunning footage. The Strike Eagles can be distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker aircraft camouflage and conformal fuel tanks mounted along the engine intake ramps. 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 lemon-powered supercar.

SEGA VMU Game Console

Photo credit: Wermy

For those who never got to experience the SEGA Dreamcast, it used VMUs (Virtual Memory Unit) as its primary memory card. This device featured a monochrome LCD, multi-player gaming capability (via connectors at the top), second screen functionality, a real-time clock, file manager, built-in flash memory, and sound capability. A gamer who goes by “Wermy” managed to turn one of these into a functional portable game console. “The base RetroPie image I used is from the mintyPi, so it has HoolyHoo’s shortcut scripts (which I modified a bit for my this project) included for adjusting the volume/brightness (the the ‘Sleep’/Start button on the VMU is also the function button),” said its creator. 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 ten places that are weirder than the Bermuda Triangle.

DARPA X-Vehicle Technologies

DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program recently fielded demonstrations of projects developed by teams and companies under R&D Phase 2. This program showcases demonstrate how future combat vehicles could improve on mobility, survival, safety, and effectiveness, without having to increase their armor. “We’re looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids. For mobility, we’ve taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain,” said Major Amber Walker, program manager for GXV-T in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the myths of Pokemon’s origin.

E-Dermis Prosthetic

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A John Hopkins biomedical engineer, Luke Osborn, may be able to give the sense of touch and pain back to amputees, thanks to an electronic “skin” called an e-dermis that provides vital sensory information that could protect the prosthetic and the wearer. A thin layer of rubber and fabric slides over the fingertips of a prosthetic hand, which is hooked up to a small computer attached to the upper arm. When the skin touches an object, an electrical signal is sent to electrodes attached to the end of the stump that stimulate nerves in the arm. These bursts simulate nerve pulses, thus triggering a pain or touch response in the brain. 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 what super glue does in borax.

Tesla Semi Golden Gate Bridge

We already know that the Tesla Semi will hit roads by at least 2020, but the company is already testing prototypes on public roads, with the latest being on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bride traveling to Santa Rosa. For those who don’t know, the base model boasts a 300 mile range, and the more expensive model, up to 600 miles. 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 the waiter who stole $1.4-billion.