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Ever get the urge to rip apart sophisticated machinery to figure out what makes it tick? Us too. Below are the nine devices we tore open this year:

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Volvo ReCharge Concept

A hybrid with motors in the wheels

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Pleo

The toy dinosaur that thinks for itself

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GEnx Jet Engine

A lightweight, fuel-sipping engine that will power Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner (with full exploded view)

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Sayaka Endoscope Capsule

A pill camera that shoots movies of your gut (with video of the Sayaka in action)

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Panasonic HDC-SD5

An HD camcorder that steadies shaky hands

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Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser

A laser cannon that melts tanks from the air

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Ultimate Ears UE 11 Pro

An earbud with a subwoofer inside

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Micron 64GB Flash Disk

Flash memory that can take a dropkick

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GeoEye-1

A satellite that can photograph home plate from 425 miles up (with interactive infographic)

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