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C.C. Weiss

The all-new Quantino is a smaller, simpler Nanoflowcell concept

Before it detailed the 1,075-hp Quant F supercar, Nanoflowcell mentioned that it would have another surprise highlight at the Geneva Motor Show. Turns out, the surprise is an entirely new concept car that it calls the Quantino. Unlike the Quant, which focuses on out-and-out performance, the small Quantino hatchback puts Nanoflowcell's flow battery to use in daily commuting-type efficiency. The company believes that the car can travel up to 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single fill-up of ionic fluids.  Read More

The one-off GT S boat is priced at $1.2 million

Each year, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing present a high-performance, automotive-inspired boat at the Miami Boat Show. Past creations have included the world's fastest electric boat and last year's Vision Gran Turismo boat. For this year's Miami show, the parties followed the precedent of crafting a boat version of the hottest contemporary Mercedes, presenting the US$1.2 million Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder GT S Concept.  Read More

2015 Chicago Auto Show

While the Chicago Auto Show is always eager to advertise its claim of being the largest auto show in the United States (by square footage), it usually takes a back seat to the likes of Detroit, New York and LA when it comes to important, exciting product and concept debuts. This year's show holds its own, however, hosting a variety of interesting new production cars, concepts and special editions. Take a look at the new cars and trucks that have Chicagoland talking.  Read More

The Trail'ster uses a combination of turbo engine and rear electric drive

Usually one of the last car brands you'd think of when you think "off road," Kia is looking to pull urbanites out of city limits and into the great outdoors. The all-new Soul-based Trail'ster concept it's showing at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is the vision of a small crossover that's as comfortable roaming wide-open public lands as it is maneuvering cramped city streets.  Read More

The new Mercedes Vito 4x4 is now available

After announcing that the new Vito van would come in front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations a few months ago, Mercedes is using a cold spell in Europe to get the Vito 4x4, the last of the new Vito models, rolling to market. The German automaker imagines the extra grip of the van's 4x4 system being useful to professionals visiting cold, icy worksites and otherwise commuting in slick conditions. The van should also prove popular with Mercedes camper van conversion specialists looking to create all-terrain campers.  Read More

The new Quant F will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March (Photo: C.C. We...

Nunzio La Vecchia is back, baby! And at this year's Geneva Motor Show, he's pitching an even more extraordinary, updated version of his flow cell supercar, the Nanoflowcell Quant F. La Vecchia claims that the updated car's flow battery can power the motor to a tune of 1,000 hp (746 kW) and 500 miles (805 km). We're still loath to believe all the hype, but this high-tech red sports car simply can't be ignored.  Read More

Kickpack has developed light, affordable cardboard versions of two timeless games (Photo: ...

Not everyone needs a table tennis-football hybrid; the classics are classic for a reason. Those that love the classics of table tennis and foosball but lack the space of a large basement or dedicated game room at home now have a new option. Germany's Kickpack offers cardboard versions of both timeless table games, packing everything you need into handy cardboard suitcases.  Read More

The TactPuck is intended to offer a variety of sensory experiences, including vibration, i...

Hoping to bring back a bit of the personal touch to today's cold, impersonal digital communications, New Jersey-based startup Tactonics thinks the world might just get hooked on Tact messaging. With about the same effort it takes to send an emotionless, poorly spelled text message, you could send your loved ones a more heartfelt, meaningful "sensory message" that is intended to let them get in touch with your feelings.  Read More

Teqball focuses your football skills onto a specialized table

Europeans sure love their football, don't they? When we covered Trick Kick back in 2013, we thought it'd be the last live action, football-based pub game we'd see for a long while. We were wrong. The new game of Teqball arches the ping pong table's back, pulls out the paddles and challenges players to put their football skills to work.  Read More

In this rendering, the i Gel protects someone falling off a building by pushing him into a...

Last week's Wearable Technologies Conference in Munich showcased the future of cutting edge wearable design. While much of the exhibitor area was dedicated to usual suspects like performance-tracking sensors and wearable cameras, there was one design that immediately stood out. Still just a rough concept in need of partners, the i Gel protective system proposes a full-body airbag suit for protecting motorcyclists, bikers, skiers, and other hobbyists and professionals.  Read More

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