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This bizarre Lo-Res car is real – and really up for sale

This bizarre Lo-Res car is real – and really up for sale

If the Cybertruck is a little too normal in its design for you, then the chance to pick up one of only four United Nude Lo-Res Concept EVs ever made might prove more appealing. Exiting the Peterson museum collection and up for auction today, the striking prototype looks like a game glitch but is actually human-sized and ready to run. Unfortunately, as well as being a devil to keep clean of fingerprints, there's also another good reason why you might not want to make this your daily driver.

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2023 Honda Civic Type R revealed for first time – and we’re excited

2023 Honda Civic Type R revealed for first time – and we’re excited

Honda has revealed the new 2023 Civic Type R for the first time, albeit still clad in its fetching camo wrap, as the feistiest version of the compact car continues its testing. It's based on the 11th generation Civic - sales of which began earlier this year in sedan form - and will be the 6th outing for the Type R badge on the car.

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Samsung demonstrate a 6G terahertz wireless communications prototype

Samsung demonstrate a 6G terahertz wireless communications prototype

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has teamed up with researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara to demonstrate the 6G Terahertz wireless communication prototype. Researchers from Samsung Research, Samsung Research America, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, revealed their work at a recent workshop on Terahertz communications at the IEEE International Conference on Communications.

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The future of personal flight could be the CopterPack

The future of personal flight could be the CopterPack

We've seen people fly using jet packs for many years, going back to the 80s. A new type of personal flying device has been shown off on video, and it's called the CopterPack. It's a backpack that a person wears with a pair of enclosed rotors similar to a quadcopter drone. CopterPack is the creation of an Australian company by the same name, and it has released a video showing a pilot flying around using its system.

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Prototype Google Pixel phone found in China

Prototype Google Pixel phone found in China

This week an eBay seller in China revealed what they're calling a Google Pixel Muskie Prototype (Original, Unreleased). This device appears to be the fabled mirror device that matched the HTC U11 Plus, a device that ended up being released by HTC proper. If you look at the Google Pixel 2 XL that actually did see release, it becomes clear that this device was, and remains, a real-deal original.

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Acer’s SpatialLabs is glasses-free 3D in a prototype laptop

Acer’s SpatialLabs is glasses-free 3D in a prototype laptop

Acer wants to bring stereoscopic 3D to laptops, with a new SpatialLabs display that promises to float graphics right out of a laptop's screen without demanding you wear special glasses to see them. The system instead combines a switchable lenticular lens screen with an eye-tracking camera, all fitted into a prototype ConceptD notebook.

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Surface Neo hands-on video shows a prototype without screens

Surface Neo hands-on video shows a prototype without screens

Partly due to the pandemic and perhaps partly due to some behind-the-scenes management problems, what would have been Microsoft's leap forward into the future of computing became an uneasy half step instead. The Surface Duo, while admirable, received mixed reviews due to software issues and design problems. Its larger Windows 10X counterpart, however, may have more or less been canceled by now. Microsoft has yet to officially admit that the Surface Neo has been scrapped but, at least for now, we can dream of what could have been thanks to this hands-on video of a nearly naked prototype.

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LG Rollable phone teased – and we already want it

LG Rollable phone teased – and we already want it

LG has teased its first rollable smartphone, giving a brief glimpse of the new form-factor during the company's big CES 2021 keynote today. While the phone-maker has been flirting with some more unusual designs for devices in response to handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, it's also been working on an even more eye-catching design.

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OnePlus 9 5G prototype on eBay just sold for thousands of dollars

OnePlus 9 5G prototype on eBay just sold for thousands of dollars

It's not unusual to see listings online for what are claimed to be unreleased prototypes of products, both past and future. eBay is definitely a prime place for such transactions, where potential buyers can try to outbid each other for what they believe could be an important piece of human history. That said, it still boggles the mind that someone would pay $6,000 for a OnePlus 9 5G prototype which may not be exactly that historical significant anyway.

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Apple Watch prototype with working pre-watchOS 1.0 surfaces

Apple Watch prototype with working pre-watchOS 1.0 surfaces

It's not really a secret that products undergo multiple iterations, some of which hardly look like the finished version that eventually goes on sale. Prototypes are often closely guarded secrets and most get discarded and destroyed, never to be seen by the public's eyes. Once in a while, some do miraculously make it out. As if that alone weren't exceptional enough, the fact that this Apple Watch prototype still has working software makes this sighting even rarer.

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VW mobile charging robot would bring the power to your EV

VW mobile charging robot would bring the power to your EV

Gas pump attendants are getting an EV upgrade, with Volkswagen showing off a new mobile charging robot that could bring the power to your electric vehicle and even plug it in for you. The prototype robot would be free to roam around restricted parking lots, VW suggests, bringing power to wherever an EV was parked rather than forcing drivers to compete for a handful of charger-equipped spots.

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OPPO Rollable phone concept won’t be available any time soon

OPPO Rollable phone concept won’t be available any time soon

Manufacturers reveal concept designs and working prototypes for a variety of reasons. It could be for bragging rights, being established as a pioneer, or proof that the company can indeed make such a product. Not all of these concepts get turned into actual commercial products but some of them surprisingly do. Unfortunately for those hoping OPPO would be the first in the market with a rollable phone, the company is simply saying no, at least not for the immediate future.

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