Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.
German luxury auto marques have been waging an all-out technology war, working overtime to beat each other to the punch in areas like autonomous driving and infotainment. A smaller but still notable theater of the war pits the brands against each other in developing high-tech lighting solutions. After mastering LED technology, BMW and Audi raced last year to release the world's first production car with laser lighting, and now they're set to battle it out in OLEDs. Audi will launch the latest offensive in September, when it reveals its first OLED Matrix-equipped concept car.
We knew it was only a matter of time before the Ferrari 488 GTB got a Spider version, and that time has officially arrived. The all-new 488 Spider opens the roof on Ferrari's 660-hp turbocharged V8 two-door, and one of the world's favorite exotic cars gets that much better yet again.
Thanks to the highly popular TV show Breaking Bad, new German e-bike company HNF Heisenberg immediately grabs your attention with its science-gone-meth-mad name. It is sure to hold that attention with the XF1, an innovative, high-performance electric mountain bike. The new bike uses a special swing arm developed by BMW i to lay claim to being the world's first mid-motor, belt-driven full-suspension e-bike.
Part electric bicycle, part motorcycle and part moped, the Bolt M-1 is a
capable, two-wheeled machine engineered for urban commuting. The fully
electric bike wears light motorcycle styling and can put out up to 5,500
watts for speeds up to 40 mph (64 km/h). It can also be dialed back to
1,000 watts and ridden like an e-bike.
RECCO is well known within skiing and snowboarding circles. For decades, the Swedish company has been supplying ski patrols and rescue agencies with an avalanche rescue system that helps locate buried victims. It is now working on a more versatile, year-round system designed to make helicopter-based search and rescue faster and more efficient.
We first learned of Sin Cars at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it showed the aggressive R1. The company has since been heavily involved in racing and has been evolving its road car design. This month, Sin revealed the finalized version of its road-going supercar ahead of a September launch at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
A sort of alternative to the common backpack, the Armadillo EVS trailer gives you the ability to haul gear over virtually any type of surface on Earth. Not only does this modular trailer strap to your back, but it rolls, skis and floats. Haul it with muscle power and carry everything you need far beyond the borders of civilization.
Beyond having four wheels, Faraday Future's first vehicle may have very little in common with the average automobile on the streets today. At least that's what the California-based tech startup is promising as it drums up interest for an electric car it intends to launch in 2017. It is designing that car behind a vision of "clean, connected, smart mobility for all."
Bulletproof vests are great if you happen to get shot, but what happens if you get shot on a boat and fall overboard or have to dive into choppy waters to escape a fire? Well, hopefully you're wearing the Flotation Armor Torso System (FATS) from BCB International. Not only does this vest protect you from bullets, it self-inflates to serve as a life vest.
The hydration pack has been a great boon to all types of sports enthusiasts, providing an easy way of carrying enough water for long adventures in dry, hot weather. If there's one knock on such packs, it's that the hydration reservoirs inside can be difficult to clean. It's a problem that the industry has been continuously addressing with new reservoir designs and alternatives like the JetFlow. Texas company AquaStorage has its own solution: disposable, self-sealing bladders that you never have to clean.