Photokina 2014 highlights

C.C. Weiss

Several DaSail paddlers catch some wind

Hitting the beach or lake on top of a paddleboard has been all the rage over the past few years. Some manufacturers and enthusiasts have set out to make it better, modifying the basic equipment with electric motors and multi-piece designs. The latest modification comes to the paddle, integrating a small sail into its handle to give boarders a little wind power on the water.  Read More

Go Kin packs are designed to generate energy from your walk

The market for portable gadget chargers is bulging. While grid-fed chargers like the LithiumCard are ample for use around town, things get more complicated when you venture off the grid. A new backpack cuts reliance on external power sources, harvesting energy from something much more reliably available … you.  Read More

The Yeti Extreme concept will make its U.K. debut at Goodwood

The Yeti Extreme concept shows what Škoda's small crossover looks like when it gets the equipment and attitude for off-road rally racing. The tuned-up Yeti made its debut in Austria last month and is preparing for an appearance at next week's Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will be joined by a few other flashy Škodas.  Read More

The Quadski XL cranks up to 45 mph on land and water

With up to 45 mph (72.4 km/h) of speed potential on both land and water, the Gibbs Quadski is one of the most playful amphibious vehicles in the world. With a price tag of around US$40,000, buying Quadskis for the whole family is an expensive – maybe impossible – venture, however. Gibbs is now making it easier for additional riders to get in on the fun, with the new two-seat Quadski XL.  Read More

Audi's RS 5 TDI concept

Audi has been developing an electric turbocharger for several years and seems close to launching it on a production car. The new RS 5 TDI concept adds an e-turbo to its biturbo V6 to provide an immediate boost in power that doesn't wait around for exhaust gas.  Read More

The mobile pod offers entry through seven TT tailgate-equipped doorways

Not long after it revealed the Q3 camping tent, Audi has presented another car-inspired living space. Developed by industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the TT Pavilion blends parts and design cues from the Audi TT into a futuristic field shelter.  Read More

The Turtleback Trailer at Overland Expo 2014

We saw dozens of camping trailers at last month's Overland Expo. Some, like the Moby1, we've covered in the past, but there were also a number of new models. One of our favorites was the Turtleback Trailer, which packs many of the comforts of home in a rugged body that's ready to climb and claw its way through the desert, mountains and forest.  Read More

The driver controls the camera with BMW's infotainment system

Twisty roads through wooded forests, speed-optimized track laps, leisurely drives along the breezy coast – whatever your daily or weekend commute looks like, it might be the perfect subject for an HD video. BMW is making it easier to use the popular GoPro action camera to capture such driving moments. It has worked with GoPro to integrate camera control into its infotainment architecture.  Read More

Local Motors plans to develop the Ultimate Bike Tool design and sell it in its store

The Ultimate Bike Tool stuffs more than two dozen wrenches, tire levers and driver bits into a slim package. It's the latest design to rework the 3D multi-tool into a flat, packable chassis, joining others like the Nutter bike tool and Tuls card tools. It is quickly moving from prototype to reality.  Read More

For better or worse, the front-end is where the 5-95 shows the most personality

Celebrating 95 years in the car body design business and close to 50 years working with Lamborghini, Zagato has sculpted a new collector's car. The Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato is as common as Lamborghinis come underneath, but it features a one-of-a-kind design influenced by notable Zagatos of the past.  Read More

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