Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Antonio Pasolini

JAC< is a lightweight, foldable electric scooter for short-range urban commuters

LEEV Mobility, the Amsterdam-based company responsible for the Mantys electric golf vehicle, has gone from the fairway to the roadway for its second offering. The company's JAC< is an electric scooter that is designed to solve the first and last mile problem faced by urban commuters. A fully functional prototype has been constructed and LEEV has launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the JAC< on the road.  Read More

Dr. Laura Mickes, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick (UK), co-au... The success of social networks such as Facebook may provide clues to the type of information the human mind tends to favor. New research suggests human memory prefers spontaneous writing favored by users communicating online to grammatically polished text found in edited material. This the gist of the findings presented in a paper called Major Memory for Microblogs, which details the results of a research comparing memory retention of Facebook updates to book excerpts and faces.  Read More

UGA physics professor Zhengwei Pan, flanked by Feng Liu (left) and Xufan Li, holds a proto...

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) have come up with a solution to the cold, bluish look of white LED (light-emitting diode) lights currently available. By creating a new lighting-emitting material, or phosphor, the researchers claim to have developed what could be the world's first LED that produces a warm white light from a single source of emission.  Read More

MeterPlug connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to iOS and Android devices to help users monitor and ...

MeterPlug is a new home energy monitoring device that brings a mix of simplicity and sophistication to the equation when it comes to keeping track of how much energy various home appliances are using. Placed between the appliance and the AC outlet, the MeterPlug sends precise information on energy usage to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth 4.0 and incorporates a range of power saving features to help curb excessive consumption.  Read More

Samsung's T9000 four-door refrigerator previewed at CES 2013. The product is slated for a ... Despite being around for a few years now, fridges with internet connectivity and LCD touchscreens haven't really taken off with consumers. Samsung isn't giving up, though, previewing its 32 cubic-feet (906-liter) four-door T9000 model at CES 2013 that boasts a 10-inch LCD touchscreen option.  Read More

Amiigo is a bracelet that connects to mobile devices to monitor and personalize fitness pu...

There are quite a few wearable sensors designed to provide some high tech help getting fit, such as larklife and Fitbit. But a team of designers from Salt Lake City in the U.S. is convinced there’s room for their Amiigo, a fitness bracelet project currently going the crowdfunding route. Considering how fast the project has attracted support it seems that, yes, there is room for another player in this niche.  Read More

Polaroid has launched Kids Tablet, featuring educational and filtered entertainment apps Polaroid has launched a new entry into an expanding market with Kids Tablet – a sturdy 7-inch tablet featuring educational and multimedia apps, built-in parental controls and a safe web browser.  Read More

The Big Internet Museum finishes up with Gangnam Style – currently anyway

The internet only became commercialized in 1995, but its genesis goes back to the late 1960s, more precisely October 29, 1969. That was the date when Robert William Tayor, a former NASA researcher working for the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), launched the ARPAnet operational network, which is recognized as the precursor to what became the internet. ARPAnet provides the starting point for visitors to the recently launched The Big Internet Museum, a virtual venue for all things great and downright silly about the internet.  Read More

KAIST researchers have developed an indoor positioning system based on 'Wi-Fi fingerprints...

Researchers at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a new indoor positioning system that makes it possible to build a Wi-Fi radio map that does not require GPS signals. It's claimed to be an improvement on Wi-Fi Positioning Systems, that rely on both GPS and Wi-Fi signals.  Read More

The Center for Disaster Research is intended to provide intelligence when events such as e... The University of Copenhagen has created the Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE), a hub of multidisciplinary expertise designed to improve management of natural disasters.  Read More

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