Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Ben Coxworth

Can't see the faces in this photo? Check out the shape of the black background where it me...

If you're a fan mind-bending illusions, then chances are you're familiar with Rubin's vase. It incorporates the facial profiles of two people, which can be seen in the negative space along either of its sides. Should you like the idea of owning such a vase, but that features the profiles of you and people you know – well, that would be the fahz.  Read More

Scientists work around a seal, while launching the AUV through a hole cut in the ice (Phot...

Early every spring in Antarctica, mats of algae form on the underside of the sea ice. These mats – along with bacteria that live in them – serve as a food source for zooplankton, essentially kickstarting the food chain for the year. Given that the ice algae plays such an important ecological role, scientists from Denmark's Aarhus University have set out to better understand its distribution. In order to do so, they're using a high-tech underwater drone.  Read More

The Liquid Logic Ego LS, on display at CES 2015 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

US-based action video bloggers, security specialists and teleconferencers take note – a new camera is on its way, that was designed with people like you in mind. Liquid Image's Ego LS is able to stream live over the Verizon 4G LTE network, including Verizon's new high-capacity XLTE service, which offers double the bandwidth of regular 4G LTE.  Read More

Standzout's Bandstand on display at CES, with a mock-up Apple Watch (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Giz... The Apple Watch may not be in stores just yet, but that isn't stopping various companies from designing accessories for it. We spotted one such product at CES this week – Standzout's aluminum-bodied Bandstand inductive charging stand.  Read More

Sepios can move in any direction, thanks to its four bio-inspired undulating fins

Cuttlefish are fascinating animals, in that they use a pair of undulating fins to move forward and backward, turn on the spot, or hover in place. If you wanted to make an underwater robot that was highly maneuverable yet quiet and immune to tangled propellers, then the cuttlefish would be a good creature to copy. Well, a group of mechanical engineering students from Switzerland's ETH Zurich have done just that – plus they gave it an extra set of fins, allowing it to also move straight up and down.  Read More

The unassuming-looking Connected Cycle pedal is packed with electronics

There are already bicycle locks that alert users when their untended bike is moved, along with tracking devices that let users know where to find their bike once it's been stolen. Paris-based Connected Cycle is now offering those same functions and others, in its smart pedal.  Read More

The University of São Paulo's non-resonant acoustic levitator

Acoustic levitators are already pretty intriguing devices, in that they use opposing sound waves to suspend small objects in mid-air. Now, however, scientists from Brazil's University of São Paulo have created what they claim is a better acoustic levitator. It's less fussy about the exact orientation of its components, making it more feasible for use in practical applications.  Read More

Lead scientist Ronald Evans consuming an 'imaginary meal,' of the type that fexaramine cou...

When we eat a meal, our body detects that we've consumed calories and responds by burning fat in order to make room for them. The catch for the weight-conscious is that if we don't burn off those newly-arrived calories, they just end up being stored as more fat. For people with metabolic disorders or other conditions, exercise just isn't enough to keep that from happening. Soon, however, a newly-developed drug could help. It triggers the body's "burning fat to make space for calories" response, even when the patient hasn't eaten anything.  Read More

Sony's 4K-shooting FDR-X1000V Action Cam, with its watertight housing

If you need a further indication that 1080p is on its way to becoming the standard second-highest resolution for consumer video cameras, here you go – at CES 2015 this week, Sony is introducing a 4K version of its Action Cam. The company has also unveiled its smallest 4K Handycam to date.  Read More

The Watch is 10.5 mm thick, and available in different styles

If you've been thinking about buying a smartwatch ... well, another one has now been added to the mix. Announced today at CES 2015, Alcatel Onetouch's imaginatively-named Watch wirelessly links users to the functions of their Android or iOS smartphone, plus it has a number of integrated sensors that let them monitor their daily activity.  Read More

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