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The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world, standing at no fewer than 2,722 feet and located in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. World champion BASE jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen thought it would be a good idea to jump off the structure and film the event in 4K.

I can’t disagree with them, as the video they released that chronicles the event is absolutely incredible. Filmed in 4K, the new standard of ultra-high definition video, the short clip allows the viewer to see every aspect of the jump. The weather is seemingly perfect, and as if they aren’t clear enough, both daredevils draw the viewers eye with bright yellow suits and smoke canisters strapped to their feet that leave billowing trails of red smoke to document their path.

Naturally, there was no lack of cameras filming the jump, and the video compiles footage from cameras worn by an aerial film crew, the jumpers themselves, and even a third jumper and dedicated camera man for shots closer to the action.

You can check out the video below, and if your computer is up to it, be sure to stream the video in 4K to really have your jaw drop.

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President Obama recently attended the Tokyo Miraikan Science Expo during his visit to Japan, and he was given quite the reception by one individual: Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot.

ASIMO has been in production since early 2000, though its movements were significantly more choppy when the robot was first showcased back then. Now, ASIMO is capable of doing a handful of new actions, including running quickly, jumping, and even kicking a soccer ball – with President Obama, of course.

In a press conference after the meeting, the president describes the robots as “truly amazing,” though “a little scary” for being  “too lifelike.” While ASIMO is exciting, I think I’ll have to agree with the President on this one; I don’t know how I feel yet about our increasing proximity to the singularity.

You can view Obama’s remarks in their entirety in the video below.

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Ever since that monkey created fire and the demise of the human race is seemingly around the corner, I never thought we could bounce back.

But thanks to these crazy Saudi guys, we humans might have another hope; because they have just performed one of the most incredible feats of human ingenuity I, and you, will ever lay eyes on.

I have only one question: how?

But seriously. How.

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Japan has always been the cutting edge of technology, but this time they have truly outdone themselves. Japanese masturbation-aid brand Tenga has recently introduced this new line of disposable male masturbation-aids called the “Pocket Tenga.”

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If you can read Japanese, good; you will understand these instructions. If you can’t read Japanese, it doesn’t matter anyway; Tenga’s detailed diagram should ensure that nobody will miss out.

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Surprisingly, the selling point of the toy won’t be its innovation or ease-of-use; it will be the price point. Tenga is pricing the Pocket Tenga at only 198 yen (equivalent to about 2 dollars).

I shouldn’t forget the range of styles for the product: “Click Ball,” “Block Edge,” and “Wave Line” will ensure that there is a Pocket Tenga for everybody.

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Be sure to share your comments in the comments section below!

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Like many game shows, Wheel of Fortune is one that is so heavily based on luck that even if you fail miserably, you can’t really put the entire blame on yourself. That is unless you are this guy Julian from Indiana University, of course.

Julian is what I would call the most fortunate failure that Wheel of Fortune has ever seen. After first spinning the wheel to land on the million dollar slot and guessing every letter to the phrase “Mythological Hero Achilles,” Julian seems more than ready to read the phrase aloud, collect his winnings, go home, and spend the rest of his day counting cash.

But there is one catch. Julian has never heard the legendary name “Achilles” uttered out loud in his life, and because of this, he has no idea how to properly pronounce the short “A.”

Or the hard “Ch.”

Or the long “E.”

Instead, Julian says “Achilles” with a – well, just watch the video below and you will see for yourself. Oh – Julian’s failure doesn’t stop at the “Achilles” puzzle, either. Has anyone ever heard of an “On The Spot Dicespin?”

I know I haven’t.

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1. I’m incredulous.

 

2. Is it sad that I understand this perfectly?

 

3. I just have this feeling…

 

4. Spoiler alert!

 

5. Dude…not cool.

   

6. Hold on – I’m thinking of one…

 

7. Actually, it looks like this guy has you covered.

 

8. I hear it was some asshole named George R. R. Martin.

 

9. Was he really surprised?

 

10. Lastly, everyone must partake in this.

 

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You Can Now Charge Your Smartphone In 30 Seconds

There is no mystery as to why over half of cell phones in use today are smartphones. With the increasingly frenzied digital lives that people are now living, it is necessary to have a device that can adapt to the user. However, far too often do we find ourselves still going late in the day while our smartphones sit dead in our pockets.

Smartphone battery life is one of the major selling points of a smartphone, and for as long as the smartphone has been around there has been a race between top dogs such as Apple and Samsung to create increasingly longer lasting smartphone batteries.

But what if the solution to a longer lasting smartphone didn’t lie with a better battery, but with a better charger?

This is exactly the question that tech start-up StoreDot considered when developing their lightning-speed smartphone charger, which can be seen charging a Samsung Galaxy S3 in the video below.


StoreDot Flash-Battery Demo via Doron Myersdorf.

The “flash-battery” works via biological semiconductors, which have several uses, one of which is to accelerate battery charging.

Though the charger is still in early-stages of development, the good news is that StoreDot has goals of finishing a commercial version as soon as 2016. Even better is the price prediction: it is estimated that the finished product will only cost around twice what a regular cell phone charger costs today.

Thinking beyond just the smartphone market, it is exciting to imagine how the technology could be used in alternative applications. With all mobile devices there has been a battle for longer battery life; but what if our laptops and tablets of the future were able to work wirelessly all day long, stopping only for a moment to receive a quick charge?

The possibilities are certainly something to think about.

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The Last 10 Seconds Of This Video Will Leave You Speechless

We’ve all played “2 Truths & A Lie” in our friend’s basement that one Friday night in high school, and we will forever remember the game as one of our free spirited childhood. Of course, all it takes is a two minute video to change that perception forever and make you wonder about all the messed up shit that people have done and don’t want others to know about.

James Coulson has made that two minute video by twisting the traditional expectations of “2 Truths & A Lie” so that the final product is something much darker, sadistic, truthful — all thanks to a little anonymity.

2 Truths & 1 Lie via Vimeo.

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3D Printed Tattoos Will Change The Tattoo Industry Forever

Though 3D printing has been around for over three decades, the technology had never been seen as particularly useful until quite recently.

Only over the past couple of years did 3D printing experience a resurgence of attention, as the latest advancements have proven it to be widely versatile in a number of applications. Now, 3D printers are capable of creating almost anything. Guns, replacement body parts; 3D printers can even print additional 3D printers.

However, as with all technology destined to change the world, changes brought on by 3D printing can be for better or for worse. The latest venture resides somewhat ambiguously on the spectrum: 3D printed tattoos.

Though still in the early stages of development, students at a highly esteemed design school in Paris have released this video showing their 3D printer tattooing an individual with a real needle and ink. Choosing a tattoo is as simple as uploading an image, and the printer’s precision is seemingly perfect.

Is this the future of the tattoo industry, one of perfected body art, free of human error? Or is it simply the further decline of the necessity of humans for skilled tasks? Simply enough, the industry’s future will depend on the preference of the clientele, and whether getting inked is more about the experience or the final result.

You can check out the video below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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