Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Ben Coxworth

Ben Coxworth
An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.
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Togs let you keep a grip on your handlebar when riding with your thumbs on top (Photo: Ben...

Back in the 90s, a lot of mountain bikes sported handlebar end attachments – they provided the rider with more hand positions, plus they were claimed to increase leverage. Since then, bar ends have largely fallen out of favor. This has been partly because of concerns over them hooking onto things like trees, and partly just due to the whims of fashion. Now, however, a new product is attempting to bring back some of the attributes of bar ends, without their bulkiness or hooking hazards. They're called Togs, and I recently got to try a pair out.  Read More

Volkwagen's Golf SportWagen HyMotion in Los Angeles (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Joining the likes of Toyota and Honda, Volkswagen has chosen this week to unveil a new fuel cell vehicle – the Golf SportWagen HyMotion. According to VW, the demo car illustrates the automaker's strategy of implementing alternative drives into existing high-production vehicles, as opposed to starting from scratch by creating entirely new models.  Read More

Philips' new 75-watt equivalent SlimStyle LED light bulb The marketplace for more-or-less normal-looking LED light bulbs became just a little more crowded yesterday, when Philips announced the dimmable 75-watt equivalent version of its SlimStyle bulb. With an output of 1,100 lumens, it's a significant step up from the 60-watt equivalent 800-lumen model that previously sat at the top of the SlimStyle line.  Read More

The LaserWatch displaying the time ... and doing that other thing

Should you ever be captured while checking out a crazed villain's secret headquarters, it's entirely possible that a burning laser might provide you with your only means of escape. Of course, anything that's obviously a laser will be taken from you ... which is why our favorite laser weapons hobbyist, Patrick Priebe, has created a "Bond-inspired LaserWatch."  Read More

The Scion iM Concept at the LA Auto Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Scion has given the public a sneak peek at what its new five-door compact hatchback will look like – more or less – at the LA Auto Show. Called the iM Concept, a production version of the car is scheduled to arrive in dealerships sometime next year.  Read More

Gorilla Glass 4 is optimized to survive being dropped on the road or sidewalk While it's nice to have a smartphone with glass that won't break when jabbed or flexed, what most of us really need is glass that can survive being dropped. Corning's just-announced Gorilla Glass 4 is claimed to excel at just that.  Read More

The SnapJet creates instant prints by scanning a smartphone's display

Say what you will about the low cost and easy sharability of digital photos, sometimes it's nice to have an actual physical print that you can hold onto or tack up. That said, you likely don't want to carry an instant camera with you everywhere you go. Well, that's where the SnapJet comes in. It's a small device that scans a photo displayed on your smartphone's screen, and reproduces it on Polaroid or Fuji film.  Read More

The largely 3D-printed StreetScooter C16 prototype

It looks like Local Motors is getting some company in the 3D-printed car arena. German electric vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter recently completed the prototype of its C16, most of the exterior components of which were created using a Stratasys Objet1000 3D Production System.  Read More

A microscope image of the 3D-bioprinted liver tissue

When a medication enters the bloodstream, it ends up being concentrated in the liver – after all, one of the organ's main functions is to cleanse the blood. This means that if a drug is going to have an adverse effect on any part of the body, chances are it will be the liver. It would seem to follow, therefore, that if a pharmaceutical company wanted to test the safety of its products, it would be nice to have some miniature human livers on which to experiment – which is just what San Diego-based biotech firm Organovo is about to start selling.  Read More

The Rubbee 2.0 has a longer range and is 'smarter' than the original model

While there are plenty of add-on electric bicycle motors out there, the Rubbee takes a particularly interesting approach. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, it incorporates a powered polyurethane roller that rubs against the bike's rear tire (hence the name), helping to augment the rider's pedaling power by driving the wheel forward. The second version of the device is now available and it's reportedly easier to use, plus it'll take you farther.  Read More

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