Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Ben Coxworth

The Deska Board is a surf-inspired three-wheeled skateboard, that can also be used for lan...

Over the years, various skateboard manufacturers have designed boards intended to simulate the feel of surfing. One of the latest, the Deska Board, sets out to do so via a low, wide deck and three smooth-rolling 200-mm wheels, plus it even has an input for a user-supplied windsurf sail. It additionally features a unique foot retention system, and a rear disc brake.  Read More

The Tornado Shield in its rolled-up portable state, ready for action

When a tornado's heading your way, the best thing you can do is to go your basement or better yet, to a purpose-built storm shelter. The problem is, not everyone has access to either. With that in mind, Missouri-based entrepreneur Steve Anderson created the Tuuli Armor Tornado Shield. Essentially, it's a big bag that you get inside of.  Read More

Brothers and company co-founders Daniel and Markus Freitag (hard to say which one is which...

We've already got biodegradable shoes and bikinis, but how about just regular ol' shirts and pants? Well, while existing natural materials such as cotton and wool will biodegrade under the right conditions, Zurich-based clothing manufacturer Freitag is producing clothing made from fabric that's specifically designed for quick and easy composting.  Read More

The Riddell Speedflex, with its flexible hinged panel visible at the top

Although we may admire older cars' ability to "hold together" in a collision, it's now generally accepted that it's safer for vehicles to feature impact-absorbing crumple zones. With that in mind, shouldn't football helmets also be safer if they're able to give a little when whacked? That's what Riddell's new SpeedFlex helmet does ... along with a few other interesting things.  Read More

An Occam Cycle prototype, in its hometown of Chicago

We've recently been hearing a lot about last-mile transit solutions – simple forms of transportation that people can use to travel short distances, going to and from train or bus stations. Compact folding bikes are a good example, as they can be carried on public transit vehicles. The Occam Cycle is optimized for that purpose, in that it has a very simple design ... just don't plan on sitting while you ride it.  Read More

A test subject in India has sent greetings to three subjects in France – without moving a ...

A human test subject in India has emailed the messages "hola" and "ciao" to three other people in France. Doesn't sound too impressive? Well, in this case the words were composed and interpreted using only the brain ... along with some high-tech help.  Read More

The Lazer Cappuccino locks the quick release buckle of a helmet strap It's not uncommon for recreational cyclists to stop at a sidewalk cafe after a long ride, and sit outside near their bike while sipping their drink. While such situations don't necessarily call for a high-security lock, it still helps to have something that keeps thieves from just grabbing the bike and running with it. That's precisely what the Lazer Cappuccino helmet lock is intended to do.  Read More

Samsung's just-announced Curved Soundbar

Samsung certainly made some waves last year, when it released its Curved OLED TV. What good is a curved TV, though, if the sound is still coming from a flat speaker? With that in mind, Samsung has now introduced the Curved Soundbar. It was recently unveiled at IFA 2104, along with the company's new M3 Wireless Audio Multiroom speaker.  Read More

The Duo Cali Limited Edition

Although Caterham is certainly best known for its race cars, last year it branched into motorcycles and e-bikes. Continuing that trend towards simpler vehicles, this month the British company announced its new line of good ol’ human-powered Duo Cali bicycles. Besides sporting the Caterham name, the bikes look pretty darn sweet.  Read More

Acer's new Liquid Z500 smartphone Along with its new tablets and laptops, Acer also announced a new smartphone today at IFA 2014 – the Liquid Z500. While its features may not be particularly remarkable, its starting price of just €149 (about US$195) could likely win it a few fans.  Read More

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