2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

C.C. Weiss

Sensus Connect makes use of the 7-inch display and digital dashboard

Volvo announced on Friday that it is offering its Sensus Connect infotainment and On-Call telematics systems and smartphone app standard on every US model, starting with the "2015.5" model year. It claims to be the first automaker to offer such a connected suite as standard across its range, bringing a host of cloud-powered features and services to drivers and passengers.  Read More

The ADAK Trailer has an aluminum chassis and bonded construction

The search for the perfect mobile, off-grid living solution continues. Over the past year, we've already seen many such designs, from within the crisp halls of the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, to their natural habitat at Overland Expo, to the occasional EcoTrek or Fieldsleeper International debut. Another fairly new design, the ADAK Trailer is what happens when a group of lifelong sportsmen huddled around the campfire get to talking about what's wrong with camper design. It combines ride-anywhere grit and comfy, spacious living.  Read More

The one-of-a-kind BMW i8 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Edition

BMW celebrated the US launch of its all-new i8 plug-in sports car in style this past weekend. With the help of Jay Leno, the German automaker auctioned off a one-of-a-kind i8 at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach. When all was said and done, the specially treated i8 fetched the better part of a million dollars.  Read More

The all-new Marantz SR7009 is the company's first Atmos-capable receiver

A couple of months ago, Dolby announced that its Atmos surround sound format was making the move from cinemas to home theaters. Marantz introduces one of the first home theater receivers to support the format, paving the road to the future of surround sound.  Read More

The new FT-1 in Pebble Beach (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)

Toyota opened up 2014 by revealing one of the most radical concept sports cars in recent memory: the FT-1. Now, the Japanese automaker has revived our senses with a second FT-1 featuring an all-new graphite paint job and leather interior. The updated concept car helps Toyota celebrate the introduction of an even more extreme FT-1 that exists in virtual form only: the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo.  Read More

The ZeroHour XD offers four different lighting modes

According to its creators, not only can the ZeroHour XD tactical flashlight blast 1,000 lumens of light into the evening darkness for up to six hours, it can charge an iPhone seven times (though it won't do both on the same charge). The flashlight includes a removable, 10,200-mAh battery pack that doubles as a dual-USB charger and features a modular design that allows the size of the device to be altered depending on the need at hand.  Read More

The Roost Explorer 'Camping Pod' doubles as a top cargo box

Several years back, SylvanSport introduced the GO Trailer, which remains one of the most versatile gear hauler/camper combos we've seen to date. The GO was designed to be a practical, lightweight trailer, but the company decided it wasn't quite lightweight enough. The new GO-Easy trailer is a smaller, simpler trailer that weighs a fraction of the original. It can haul bikes, boats and other gear and serve as a minimalistic camping trailer.  Read More

The Hydra assembles into a full board in about a minute

Many a would-be paddleboarder is dissuaded from ever getting onto the water by the heavy, enormous size of the boards, which typically measure 9.5 to 12.5 feet (2.9 to 3.8 m) in length. This bulk makes the paddleboard difficult to transport and store, especially when dealing with the small cars, public transportation and tight apartments of city living. To help get more boarders on the water, Corran Addison Paddleboards has developed a three-piece board that packs into a roller case for easy transport and storage.  Read More

Trolling the local waters on the WaveJet Pau Hana Angler

Always looking for a new excuse to run its electric jet drive through the water, WaveJet has released a new board designed for fishing. The Pau Hana Big EZ Angler is the jet-powered stand-up paddleboard that provides stand-up fishermen with a new way to quietly troll the local fishing hole.  Read More

The Zubin Axe at Outdoor Retailer

Hiking poles sometimes take on a multifunctional role in the outdoors, serving in place of dedicated tent poles on lightweight shelters like the Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4. This year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market took the multifunctional hiking pole to a new level, with two hiking poles that double as full-on survival tools on show. One includes an interchangeable multi-tool system that transforms it into a spear, brush axe and more, while the other has a built-in flashlight … and stun gun.  Read More

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