Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Chris Wood

DARPA’s concept provides the driver with a closed cockpit, that's equipped with visualizat...

DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program, announced earlier this year, aims to move away from the traditional battle tank paradigm – creating a new class of faster, more agile vehicles that are better at negotiating terrain and detecting targets. Today, the agency has provided the first details on what this new breed of ground-based armoured vehicles might look like.  Read More

Whistl is designed to protect against sexual or other violent crimes

Whistl is an iPhone case that’s designed to add a layer of extra protection to the user’s daily routine. The accessory feeds off the linked smartphone’s battery, and offers three different modes that let the user quickly get in touch with friends and the authorities, as well as emit a bright strobe light and 120 dB alarm.  Read More

Nvidia's new graphics solutions close the gap between desktop and notebook graphics

Nvidia has announced two new notebook graphics cards that provide close to desktop levels of performance on the move. The new Maxwell GPUs don’t just narrow the gap between desktop and laptop graphics, but also provide improved efficiency and dynamic resolution rendering.  Read More

The unnamed Vaio hybrid is targeted at high-end professional users Vaio has provided a look at its first hybrid system to be announced since the company’s split from Sony earlier this year. The prototype, which has yet to receive a name, would be targeted specifically at creative professionals, and carry a hefty price tag.  Read More

The Hudl 2 provides a significant upgrade over the first-gen device Tesco has unveiled the successor to its well specced, low cost tablet. The Hudl 2 is a little more expensive than its predecessor, but still falls into the budget category, while providing a bigger and sharper display, a new design and internal upgrades across the board.  Read More

Solarbox aims to provides a quick and free smartphone battery top up

Though many manufacturers put a lot of emphasis on how their smartphones offer "all-day battery life,” having your handset pass out on you is still a fairly common problem. London-based project Solarbox aims to help keep mobile phone users mobile by re-purposing the iconic red phone boxes for use as free, solar-powered quick charging stations.  Read More

Vertu's latest smartphone is a luxury handset with high-end internals Vertu’s Aster is a luxury Android smartphone that offers solid top-shelf specs and a high-end build quality. But you’ll have to contend with an equally lofty price tag to get your hands on this “Quintessentially English” smartphone.  Read More

The new infotainment systems are powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor Honda has announced plans to put 7-inch Android-powered infotainment systems in a number of its 2015 cars. So far only announced for Europe, the new systems are known as Honda Connect, and will have access to a purpose-built app store.  Read More

Pavlok is a wearable that shocks the user bad habits are detected

While some wearables such as fitness trackers are designed to help the user in bettering themselves, Pavlok takes things a little further. The device, which can be worn as a bracelet or placed elsewhere on the body, aims to break bad habits by shocking the wearer when they stray from the right path.  Read More

Roccat's Tyon packs in new controls to help you gain the gaming edge

Roccat’s Tyon offers everything you would expect from a wired gaming mouse, including a wealth of customizable buttons and a precision laser sensor. The new peripheral goes a little beyond this however, introducing new controls that the company calls the Dorsal Fin Switch and X-Celerator thumb paddle.  Read More

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