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Top 100 Tech Ideas in April

From Droplet Digital Cameras to Smart Hydration Bottles

— April 24, 2016 — Tech
Duct tape, craft printers and stress balls are a few of the unassuming objects from the top April 2016 tech ideas that received high-tech makeovers.

Wearables like sneakers are able to tie themselves, as well as relay information about the weather. Other garments are becoming smarter too—there are now t-shirts that come to life with augmented reality and GIF pin brooches that are just as lively. As the Internet of Things expands, it's also ushering in many inventive products for home, office and personal use.

Not long ago, Apple announced notable advances to its growing product family with the iPhone SE and iPad Pro. As mobile devices become more powerful, they are being further enhanced with attachments, accessories and add-one to improve their capabilities all the more.
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Iridescent Smartphone Cases
Iridescent Smartphone Cases
The Iridescent Smartphone Cases Offer Military-Grade Protection
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99
3D Modeling Tablet Apps
3D Modeling Tablet Apps
Gravity Sketch Allows People to Create Models That are Shipped in Two Days
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98
Wearable Tennis Sensors
Wearable Tennis Sensors
Zepp's Tennis Analysis System Helps You Up Your Game
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97
Digital 3D Makeup Looks
Digital 3D Makeup Looks
These Facial Tattoos are Made Using Projection, Graphics and Tracking Tech
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96
Project Management Apps
Project Management Apps
The TimeKat App for Time-Tracking Keeps Creatives and Freelancers on Task
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95
3D-Printed Topographic Desk
3D-Printed Topographic Desk
This Office Furniture Design Features a Scale Model of Manhattan
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94
Shark-Deterring Wristbands
Shark-Deterring Wristbands
The 'Sharkbanz' Can Stop Sharks from Attacking Humans
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93
Water-Resistant Smartwatches
Water-Resistant Smartwatches
Nixon's Android Wear Smartwatch Can Withstand Water Up To 100 Meters
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92
High-Tech Duct Tape
High-Tech Duct Tape
These Researchers Have Designed Tape Embedded with Electrical Circuits
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91
Heart-Monitoring Apparel
Heart-Monitoring Apparel
The Sensoria Fitness Shirt Places Trackers on the Skin to Scan the Body
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90
Comprehensive Efficiency Appliances
Comprehensive Efficiency Appliances
The LG Black Stainless Steel Series Solves Common Problems
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89
Rugged Frame Camera Mounts
Rugged Frame Camera Mounts
The GoPole Triad Camera Grip Provides Mounting for Up to Two Cameras
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88
Curved-Screen Smartphones
Curved-Screen Smartphones
This Chinese Smartphone Features Ridiculously High Processing Power
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87
Expanding Technology Cases
Expanding Technology Cases
The HandGraft Classic HG Laptop Folio Case Fits All One's Tech Items
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86
Ultra-Fast 3D Printers
Ultra-Fast 3D Printers
The Gizmo 3D SLA DLP 3D Printing Systems Cut Down on Printing Time
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85
Versatile Personal Massagers
Versatile Personal Massagers
The Adjustable Fit Muscle Massager Offers Intuitive Tension Relief
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84
2-in-1 Charging Cables
2-in-1 Charging Cables
The LMcable Common Connector Lets You Charge both Androids and iPhones
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83
Stylish Multitasking Wearables
Stylish Multitasking Wearables
The Fossil Q Motion Fitness Tracker is Affordable and Versatile
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82
Conveniently Quick Meal Preparers
Conveniently Quick Meal Preparers
The REDMOND Pressure Multi Cooker Makes Meals Quickly and Easily
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81
Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Portable Bluetooth Speakers
These Oversized Speakers Are Ideal For Large Outdoor Gatherings
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80
Weather-Reporting Footwear
Weather-Reporting Footwear
This DIY Project Turns Your Converse Shoes Into Weather Reporters
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79
Anatomical AR T-Shirts
Anatomical AR T-Shirts
The 'Virtuali-Tee' Allows Users to Learn Anatomy Through Augmented Reality
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78
Ultra-Precise 3D Printers
Ultra-Precise 3D Printers
This New 3D Printer Lets You Find a Balance Between Speed and Accuracy
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77
Bed-Based Health Monitors
Bed-Based Health Monitors
The 'Cubile' Health Monitoring System Keeps Users Informed of Health
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76
Connected Flattened Lamps
Connected Flattened Lamps
The 'Balamp' Bedside Table Lamp Responds to the Items Placed on it
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75
Camping Security Systems
Camping Security Systems
The 'LarryAlert' Portable Security Device Monitors Your Belongings
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74
Self-Lacing Sneakers
Self-Lacing Sneakers
Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 Brings 'Back to the Future' Tech to Life in Sleek Way
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73
Cloud-Connected Video Doorbells
Cloud-Connected Video Doorbells
The Video Doorbell Pro Can Capture 1080p High Definition Footage
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72
Bespoke Bodily Devices
Bespoke Bodily Devices
This Orthosis is Designed For Paresis' Patients Rehabilitation
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71
Jet Lag-Eliminating Airplanes
Jet Lag-Eliminating Airplanes
The A350 XWB Jet Can Change Time Zones Without Causing Jet Lag
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70
Woven Nylon Smartwatch Bands
Woven Nylon Smartwatch Bands
The New Apple Watch Bands are Designed for Style-Conscious Consumers
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69
Intuitive Simple Smartphones
Intuitive Simple Smartphones
The O Phone Offers Just the Basics for User-Free Attachment
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68
3D-Printed Motorcycle Engines
3D-Printed Motorcycle Engines
Meteor Power and KWSP Created an Ultra-Compact Hybrid Engine
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67
Stabilizing Camera Mounts
Stabilizing Camera Mounts
The 'StayblCam' Video Stabilizer Works with Smartphones and the GoPro
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66
High-End Delivery Restaurants
High-End Delivery Restaurants
Momofuku Ando is Not a Place to Sit and Eat, the Food Comes to You
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65
4D-Printed Nylon Dresses
4D-Printed Nylon Dresses
'The Petals Dress' is a Garment Made Using 4D Printing Technology
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64
Smart Home Virtual Assistants
Smart Home Virtual Assistants
Startup Soy Enables You to Communicate With Your Smart Home
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63
VR Amusement Rides
VR Amusement Rides
Alton Towers Resort's 'Galactica' is a Virtual Reality Roller Coaster
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62
Plastic-Eating Bacteria
Plastic-Eating Bacteria
A New Bacterium Could Break Down PET Plastic to Eliminate Waste
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61
Remote Control Cooking Rings
Remote Control Cooking Rings
The 40Ring is a Wearable Induction Cooker that Control Temperature
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60
Design-Conscious Appliances
Design-Conscious Appliances
The KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliance Series is Dynamic
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59
Amphibious Underwater Drones
Amphibious Underwater Drones
The CRACUNS Drone Can Float Up From Underwater and Take To the Sky
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58
Updated Motorized Wheelchairs
Updated Motorized Wheelchairs
The Whill Model M Design is Approved by the FDA
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57
Wearable Tangle-Free Headphones
Wearable Tangle-Free Headphones
'Earphone-Connectables' Keeps Listening Equipment Nearby
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56
Augmented Reality Fashion Apps
Augmented Reality Fashion Apps
The Apparel App Scans Clothing to Add Digital Image Accessories
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55
Solar-Powered Charger Coats
Solar-Powered Charger Coats
This Junya Watanabe Coat Uses Solar Power to Charge iPhones
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54
Car Communication Gadgets
Car Communication Gadgets
The 'iKKEGOL' iCar 2 Car Diagnostic Tool Helps Identify Problems
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53
Device-Holding Laptop Clips
Device-Holding Laptop Clips
The Ten One Design Mobile Mount Clip Enables Dual-Device Viewing
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52
Compact Cubist Ovens
Compact Cubist Ovens
The Samsung Smart Oven is a Smart Appliance with a Design Focus
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51
Handlebar Smartphone Mounts
Handlebar Smartphone Mounts
This iPhone Bike Handlebar Mount Secures Cellular Devices for Safe Use
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50
Rugged Electric Skateboards
Rugged Electric Skateboards
The Triborg Skateboard Can Handle the Dirtiest Of Routes
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49
3D-Printed Athletic Footwear
3D-Printed Athletic Footwear
The Under Armour 'Architect' Trainers are Limited to Just 96 Pairs
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48
Upright Breakfast Makers
Upright Breakfast Makers
The Cuisinart Vertical Belgian Waffle Maker Ensures Even Cooking
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47
Flexible Curved Smartwatches
Flexible Curved Smartwatches
The Flex Timepiece Has a Tech Interface That Curves to Fit the Wrist
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46
Pulse-Monitoring Business Cards
Pulse-Monitoring Business Cards
This MobilECG Business Card Performs a Mini ECG Test
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45
Digital Craft Printers
Digital Craft Printers
The Brother 'ScanNCut 2' Cutting Scanner Machine Enables Customized Crafts
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44
Floral 3D-Printed Jewelry
Floral 3D-Printed Jewelry
Collected Edition Makes Metallic Wearables Shaped as Flowers and Plants
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43
Smart Hydration Bottles
Smart Hydration Bottles
The Pryme Vessyl Encourages Drinking Water with App Connectivity
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42
Microwave Clothes Cleaners
Microwave Clothes Cleaners
The 'Wavelet' Clothes Cleaning Appliance Uses Familiar Technology
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41
Customizable Bedside Lamps
Customizable Bedside Lamps
The Yeelight Lamp Lets You Choose From 16 Million Different Colors
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40
Hydrogen Supercar Concepts
Hydrogen Supercar Concepts
The H2 Speed is the World's First High-Performance Hydrogen-Powered Car
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39
Air-Purifying Coffee Carts
Air-Purifying Coffee Carts
The 'Wheelys 4' Mobile Cafe is an Uber-Eco Way to Sell Fresh Coffee
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38
Match-Sized Flashlights
Match-Sized Flashlights
The 'MBI Matchlight' is the World's Smallest Flashlight
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37
DIY Professional Drone Kits
DIY Professional Drone Kits
The FireClouds AirFrame Kit Comes with Everything to Make a Drone
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36
Powerful Kitchen Range Vents
Powerful Kitchen Range Vents
The FIREBIRD Black Stainless Steel Range Hood Has Quiet Operation
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35
Sling Tablet Bags
Sling Tablet Bags
The Bluelounge iPad Messenger Tote is Padded for Secure Travel
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34
Projected Virtual Keyboards
Projected Virtual Keyboards
The CTX Virtual Laser Keyboard Allows You to Type on Any Surface
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33
All-in-One Device Hubs
All-in-One Device Hubs
The iStand Keeps Apple Hardware Charging and Connected
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32
Animated GIF Pins
Animated GIF Pins
These Digital Pins from Pins Collective Display Customized GIFs
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31
Weatherproof Wireless Security Cameras
Weatherproof Wireless Security Cameras
The 'Guardzilla' Outdoor Wireless Security Camera is Rugged
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30
Hydroelectric Battery Chargers
Hydroelectric Battery Chargers
The 'Enomad' Hydroelectric Generator is Small Enough for a Backpack
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29
Livestreamed VR Concerts
Livestreamed VR Concerts
Samsung + Years & Years Entertained with a Virtual Reality Performance
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28
Chic Family-Friendly Appliances
Chic Family-Friendly Appliances
The Samsung Black Stainless Steel Appliances are Ready for Use
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27
Customized Warmth Jackets
Customized Warmth Jackets
'Flexwarm' Smart Jackets Adapt to Your Body Temperature
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26
Militant Compartmental Cellular Cases
Militant Compartmental Cellular Cases
The Urban Armor Gear Protective Phone Cases are Break-Proof
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25
Rollable Cement Alternatives
Rollable Cement Alternatives
This Alternative to Cement is Twice as Strong and Easier to Transport
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24
Futuristic Platterless Turntables
Futuristic Platterless Turntables
The ATMO SFERA Boasts a Simple, User-Friendly Design
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23
Behemoth Armored Firetrucks
Behemoth Armored Firetrucks
Russia's New Fire Trucks Are Designed to Battle Catastrophic Fires
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22
Luminous Interactive Tabletops
Luminous Interactive Tabletops
The 'Interactive Tabletop' by Sony Made Its Debut at SXSW
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21
Interactive Nightclub Interiors
Interactive Nightclub Interiors
The Year in Sao Paulo Boasts a Reactive LED Cage
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20
Reductive Handset Designs
Reductive Handset Designs
The Ophone Is Stripped Down to the Basics to Refocus Energy Elsewhere
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19
Chic Designer Smartwatches
Chic Designer Smartwatches
The Michael Kors Smartwatch Looks Like the Brand's Traditional Design
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18
Short-Range Commuter Scooters
Short-Range Commuter Scooters
The 'DriftWheels' Hoverboard Scooter Makes Short Commutes Easier
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17
Modular Packaging Systems
Modular Packaging Systems
The TMA-2 Headphones Requires a Unique Way to Package Its Numerous Parts
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16
Spherical Hi-Fi Speakers
Spherical Hi-Fi Speakers
Deluxe Acoustics Makes High-End Speakers That Offer Rich Dimension
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15
Droplet Digital Cameras
Droplet Digital Cameras
This Curved Camera is Functionally and Ergonomically Enhanced
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14
Responsive Tactile Stress Balls
Responsive Tactile Stress Balls
The Interactive 'Stressball' Senses Body Data and Responds
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13
Intuitive Ergonomic Wheelchairs
Intuitive Ergonomic Wheelchairs
The 'Ogo' Wheelchair Design Doesn't Require Users to Use Arms
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12
Cord-Organizing Outlet Covers
Cord-Organizing Outlet Covers
The 'Loop' is a Cord Keeper for Encompassing Electrical Outlets
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11
Anti-Drone Bazookas
Anti-Drone Bazookas
The SkyWall 100 Net Bazooka Offers Enhanced Airspace Control
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10
Minimalist Metallic Wallets
Minimalist Metallic Wallets
Grovemade's Minimalist Wallet Offers an Anodized Aluminum Outer Shell
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9
Expansive Bed Desks
Expansive Bed Desks
The Dline Overbed Table is Suitable for Office and Bedroom Use
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8
VR Gaming Thrones
VR Gaming Thrones
The Emperor 200 Gaming Seat Offers a Luxe Virtual Reality Playing Experience
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7
Recycled Virtual Reality Viewers
Recycled Virtual Reality Viewers
Coca-Cola Provides 3 Hands-On Options for Eco-Conscious Techies
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6
Plastic Bottle-Recycling Cutters
Plastic Bottle-Recycling Cutters
This Plastic Bottle Cutter Turns Waste into Usable Materials
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5
Self-Sustaining Grocery Hydroponics
Self-Sustaining Grocery Hydroponics
The World's First In-Store Farm Has Opened in Berlin
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4
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Snooperscope Lets Users See in the Dark While Hunting or Fishing
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3
Experiential Beer Lounges
Experiential Beer Lounges
The Budweiser Beer Garage is the Latest SXSW 2016 Activation from A-B
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2
Cinematic Sleep Sanctuaries
Cinematic Sleep Sanctuaries
This Hi-Tech Bed is Equipped with a Built-In Projector and Audio
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1
Wearable Brand Activations
Wearable Brand Activations
This Fit Bit Event Invited People to Try Its Obstacle Course
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