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Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Some people are advised to think out of the box in order to arrive at creative solutions to problems. Yamaha might have done exactly just that, almost literally, and without any real problem to solve. It has taken engineers and designers from its Yamaha Corporation, which makes musical instruments, and from its Yamaha Motor Company, which makes bikes, out of their respective work boxes and put them in each other's shoes. The goal: to come up with designs for the respective products that incorporate the sometimes incompatible ideas and thinking of another.

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Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

What is the essence of a skateboard? It seems that some people, for some reason, under the inspiration of some muse or other substance, asked this deep philosophical question. And, luckily or unluckily for us, they actually came up with the answer: two wheels. After all, one can't go anywhere with just a board and no wheels (unless it's a hoverboard). But can you really get around with just two? Apparently yes, but not without skill, learning, and perhaps a few bruises, as the Post Modern Skateboard demonstrates.

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This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

Hot Wheels cars: you have likely played with them at some point or another, maybe stepped on one and took an impromptu slide across the floor. Near endless track arrays are available for playing with the miniature cars, but at the end of the day it all revolves around the same thing: rolling around. Just rolling. That is, unless you are Phil Foss, the man behind a new track piece that lets you drift Hot Wheels cars like a boss.

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This watch has a real laser inside — a REAL laser!

This watch has a real laser inside — a REAL laser!

How many times in a day do you think “man, a laser would come in super handy right now”? If you’re like me, probably half a dozen or so (alright, so, mainly I wish I had a pen light to torture the cat, but still). If you’re a James Bond fan, you might even wish that laser was mounted to a watch, and you could burn ropes typing you down, or like seal a bag of chips on the fly. That’s getting closer to reality for you and I, as one tinkerer has created a laser-enabled watch.

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Skyscraper 55-story tall rollercoaster coming to Orlando

Skyscraper 55-story tall rollercoaster coming to Orlando

Rollercoaster fans will want to check out a new ride coming to Orlando, Florida laying claim to the world's tallest rollercoaster title. The coaster will be called Skyscraper and will stand 55-stories tall. Skyscraper will be part of a larger entertainment complex called Skyplex that is set to open in 2016. The amusement park will be located on International Drive in Orlando and sits on a 12-acre plot of land.

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Tony Hawk rides hoverboard, stays airborne

Tony Hawk rides hoverboard, stays airborne

Forget everything you know” says Tony Hawk. The skateboarding legend is talking about the Hendo, a hoverboard that actually does what it says it will (and what we want it to). Taking to a copper-lined mini half-pipe, Hawk at least shows what’s possible with a hoverboard in the right environment. In the video below, we find Hawk floating freely, spinning like a figure skater, and never getting off the board unless he wants to. It almost seems to be second nature.

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Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

It’s that time of year again, when ghouls and goblins come asking for treats at the doorstep. Scary movies are plentiful, too. Over on the Pottermore Facebook page, curious things have been going on. It seems JK Rowling is cooking up a treat for Harry Potter fans. Or is it a trick? We’re not certain, but a series of clues and riddles hidden in plain sight suggest something significant is coming tomorrow, possibly a new revelation in the new Harry Potter story.

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Batman sighted in Japan riding on a trike

Batman sighted in Japan riding on a trike

It's not unusual to spot costumed personalities doing stunts while shooting or doing some promotional thing. But suddenly zooming past you in the middle of a highway? Not so much. One lucky resident of Japan's Chiba prefecture was able to snap up some shots of the Caped Crusader cruising down the highway on what looks like a very strange three-wheeled bike.

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