Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Darren Quick

Did it just get colder in here? (Photo:  Shutterstock)

Did your temperature drop a bit looking at that picture above? If so, then research out of the University of Sussex in the UK could have the reason why. According to a team of researchers, simply looking at someone visibly experiencing cold is enough to drop the body temperature of the viewer significantly.  Read More

The TextBlade puts touch-typing capabilities in your pocket

We've looked at various folding portable keyboards designed to make it easy for those that like some tactile feedback when entering text on mobile devices. But California-based WayTools has taken a different approach with the TextBlade keyboard, which it claims is the "most compact touch-type machine ever produced" and literally pulls apart to fit in a pocket.  Read More

Hyundai's Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept unveiled at the North American International ...

Hyundai is targeting what it calls "Urban Adventurers" with the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept unveiled at the North American International Motor Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed to be small and maneuverable enough to navigate city streets and cramped parking lots during the week, but big and versatile enough to ferry cargo on the weekends, Hyundai calls the concept a re-imagining of the truck utility for the Millennial generation.  Read More

Scientists have discovered a compound that neither Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus au...

Over the past quarter century, many pharmaceutical companies have largely turned their backs on the quest to develop new antibiotics, blaming difficulties surrounding the clinical trials process and turning their attention to the more profitable development of so-called "lifestyle drugs." One company bucking the trend is NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals, which has announced the discovery of a new class of antibiotic that holds promise for treating drug-resistant superbugs.  Read More

The prototype Cooki robotic chef at CES (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Some claim that cooking is becoming a lost art, with many in Gen Y relying on frozen pre-packaged meals or eating out rather than learning the required skills from their parents. The Cooki from Sereneti Kitchen might not do anything to reverse this trend, but it could at least enable the cooking-impaired to enjoy a meal made from fresh ingredients. On display at CES in prototype form, this ambitious culinary contraption uses a robotic arm to whip up meals from pre-portioned ingredients.  Read More

Chinese electronics multinational TCL has announced plans to revive the Palm name Smartphone manufacturer Palm has been thrown another lifeline by Chinese consumer electronics company TCL, which says it plans to revive the brand through "the largest scale crowd-sourced project ever seen in the industry."  Read More

LG has expanded its 4K OLED lineup with seven new models

OLED TVs have been capturing eyeballs at CES for a few years now with their vibrant colors and deep blacks, and despite new competition from LCDs with quantum dot technology, the trend continues in 2015. LG's lineup at this year's show boasts no less than seven new 4K OLED TVs in flat, curved or flexible flavors with screen sizes ranging from 55 to 77 inches.  Read More

The Seagate Seven unveiled at CES 2015 is the world's thinnest portable 500 GB HDD Thin is something that will never go out of style in the realm of consumer electronics. Seagate has long adhered to this idea and continues in this vein with the launch of the world's thinnest 500 GB portable HDD, the Seagate Seven.  Read More

A commercial-scale plant to demonstrate a process for recovering metals from PAL packaging...

You may not know what they're called, but odds are you've eaten or drunk something from them. I'm referring to plastic-aluminum laminate (PAL) packaging, which has long been used for toothpaste tubes and in recent years has gained popularity in food, drink and pet food packaging. Although it threatens to approach the ubiquity of the aluminum can or plastic bottle, PAL packaging lacks the familiar recyclable logo found on cans and bottles. But that could be set to change, with a process to recover the metals contained in PAL packaging, developed some 15 years ago by researchers at the University of Cambridge, now being demonstrated in a full commercial-scale plant.  Read More

A class of Australian schoolgirls have discovered an easy way to keep Christmas trees gree... The olfactory experience that accompanies a real Christmas tree comes at the cost of a floor covered in pine needles as the tree inevitably loses its grip on life. Now a group of Australian schoolgirls has discovered an easy way to prolong the life of the tinsel- and ornament-covered tree.  Read More

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