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Rapper Soulja Boy managed to hit number one on the Billboard charts back in 2007 with “Crank That,” but ever since then, he has dabbled in many businesses, including hoverboards. Now, he’s selling two different video game consoles on his website, the self-branded SouljaGame Console as well as the SouljaGame Handheld, and they’re not what you think. The former allegedly runs “PlayStation / NEO GEO / PC / SEGA / Game Boy Advance / NES Video Games” and comes with 800 preinstalled games, while SouljaGame Handheld supports “Nintendo Switch / 3DS / Vita / NEO GEO / Game Boy Color / Game Boy/ Game Boy Advance,” including the 3,000 built-in games. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the Uropyia meticulodina is bizarre, yet incredible, moth that can perfectly mimic a fallen, dead curled up leaf to perfection. Despite its strange mimicry, the curled up-looking wings are fully functional, and actually as straight as those of any regular moth species. This effect is created by minute scales on its wings that replicate the shading of a curled up dead leaf. Read more for another video and additional information.
Auto enthusiast Jeff Bloch, also known as “SpeedyCop,” spent 3,000-hours transforming a real Vietnam attack helicopter into the “SpeedyCopter”. The project began in the summer of 2016, when Jeff and his crew spent about six months at his home in Southern Maryland, USA, completely revamping a 1969 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Vietnam attack aircraft he managed to purchase for $3,100 in an online auction, to sit on a 1986 Toyota van chassis. “It’s not just street legal and race ready, it’s also fully amphibious. The 86 Toyota van that provided the chassis actually just gave us the front suspension,” said Jeff. Read more for another video of it in-action and additional information.
At first glance, the Pyro Pen looks and even functions like a real Sharpie permanent marker, but at the push of a button, it becomes a flame-throwing machine. Is it safe? The company claims that the secret is that the barrels are filled with ‘flash’ paper, or a specially-treated tissue paper that burns extremely quickly and is gone in the blink of an eye. There’s also an LED inside to notify you when the device is armed and ready to fire – blue light shows when it’s on, so if it is, you’re able to keep the fireball end away from your face and body. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The ultra limited Bugatti Divo draws inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic as well as the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept, and it’s not just a looker. It’s powered by a quad-turbocharged 8.0L W16 engine producing 1,479-horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.4-seconds. How would such a vehicle perform on a rally circuit? Well, if the automaker ever did make an off-road version, it might look something like the creation that you see above. Read more for additional unlikely rally cars.
Arm-A-Dine, developed by researchers at RMIT University’s Exertion Games Lab, is a prototype chest-mounted robotic feeding arm of sorts that is designed to augment the social experience of eating. This contraption not only grabs food from the table, but also decides on who to feed it to, thanks to a facial recognition app running on an attached smartphone. That’s right, it scans your partner’s expression and only feeds them if they’re smiling, while a neutral expression causes the arm to hover ambiguously in the middle. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Japan-based REAL-f Co. specializes in creating ultra-realistic face masks, and they don’t come cheap, with prices starting at roughly $2,650, but for good reason. These resin and plastic creations by company founder Osamu Kitagawa are the result of two years of development, translating facial data from high-quality photographs to 3D masks, right down to blood vessels in the eyes and fine skin wrinkles. REAL-f Co. receives about 100 orders a year, with some being used to train car software to learn about humans. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
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Towing company owner Steve Francis has spent years customizing just about everything on his 1989 Isuzu LS SpaceCab truck and transforming it into near unrecognizable “Trucktopus”. Modifications include: lowering the body by 3.5-inches, adding six 20-inch wheels, swapping in a V8 engine, and even installing suicide doors. “When you get that feeling of winning a ‘best of show’, a ‘best overall’, that is such an incredible feeling and adrenaline rush. I always like to be different and I don’t like to leave anything stock. It’s taken me about 20 years to customise the truck to the state it’s in now, so the man-hours on this vehicle are totally epic,” he told BarCroft Cars. Read more for a selection of interesting images from around the web.
Japan-based Nendo has unveiled Denqul, a power bank unlike any others on the market today, as it enables users to charge the device by simply using kinetic energy. In other words, a swivel hinge and internal dynamo are used to generate power by simply twirling it for a few minutes. It’s capable of charging devices with a conventional cable or a special table-top cup set for wireless charging. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
When it comes to snow vehicles, you have plenty of options, but if you demand a monster truck-inspired 4×4, then look no further than the TechnoImpulse Rocket Z. It can safely transport up to 9 people across not only snowy terrain, but just about any obstacle thrown at it, powered by a 100-hp turbodiesel engine. Other features include: “Hella” optics, power-steering boosters, “ComeUp” front winches, a spotlight finder “Hella” Xenon roof lighting, cross wheel limited slip differentials, and a tow bar. Continue reading for more pictures and information.