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C.C. Weiss

Automotive

Harman's portable Bluetooth speaker plays music in and out of the car

Harman is working to appeal to a wide range of drivers with its suite of in-car technologies on display at CES 2016. In addition to high-tech smart car technologies, it's debuted the Voyager Drive, a simple plug-and-play Bluetooth audio solution that it imagines finding use in basic, affordable cars. The system hinges around a compact speaker that docks in the dashboard and removes for use outside the car.
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Automotive

Lykan Hypersport designer shows a simpler style of motoring with Design-1 roadster

As the new year gets underway, Anthony Jannarelly finds himself one of the busiest men in the automotive world. We recently looked at two of his very cool but very different designs in the W Motors Fenyr Supersport and Zarooq Sand Racer. Now he's working to get his own eponymous company off the ground with the Design-1. Inspired by the timeless roadsters of the 50s and 60s, the mid-engined Design-1 is cruising toward a launch later this year.
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Automotive

Bentley goes Stone Age with new interior options

Always looking for new ways to distinguish its automobiles from the daily commuting hordes, Bentley is now furnishing its interiors with stone veneers. Sourced from India, the slate and quartzite stone options give the interior a raw, natural look. Stone works for upgrading kitchens and landscaping, so why not a $200,000 sedan?
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VR

Icaros fitness machine powers your workouts with virtual reality

Munich-based startup Icaros GmbH has a new way to motivate people to exercise more. Its somewhat intimidating fitness system blends the physical world with the virtual world, making you the protagonist of your own video game while working key muscles up and down your body. The company hopes the system will motivate folks that have come to avoid the gym like it's radioactive. Gimmick or a viable modern spin on exercise?
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Automotive

Hymer adds modular flexibility to Mercedes V-Class camper van

"Modular" has been the buzzword in camper design of late. Modular designs certainly aren't an all-new phenomenon, but they did seem particularly popular throughout 2015. Several of our favorite motorhomes and caravans of the year featured removable/rearrangeable modules, as did one of our favorite car-camping innovations. German camper manufacturer Hymer has its own ideas about modularity, and they look pretty convincing in a camper van design study developed with Mercedes-Benz. Read More

Outdoors

Transformis Inspire expandable houseboat spends the night on land or water

A few weeks too late to be considered for our 2015 best caravans or water toys lists but an early candidate for next year, the Transformis Inspire is an interesting twist on the trailerable houseboat. It borrows from several other innovative products, including expandable boats and slide-out camper modules, to provide a comfortable land/water living space for touring the world by highway and waterway.
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Good Thinking

Mojoe puts a battery-powered drip coffeemaker in your travel mug

Is humanity growing tardier and tardier? It sure seems that way when looking at the coffee-on-the-go market. There's an almost endless supply of travel mugs and vacuum bottles out there, and more and more brew-on-the-go solutions having been joining the fray of late. Some such designs require preheated water or an external power supply, but the Mojoe can operate independently, heating and brewing your favorite coffee thanks to a rechargeable battery.
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