Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Dave LeClair

The Lomography Petzval works with Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras

Lomography is looking to make old new again with the reinvention of a 19th century lens known as the Petzval. This lens creates an instantly recognizable image style famous for its sharpness, color saturation, and swirly Bokeh effect in the background of the shot. It also has an incredibly narrow depth of field, which creates a very distinct look, especially for portraits.  Read More

TCL's new 4K LED TV has a price tag just under $1,000 Ultra high definition televisions are still growing slowly in the market. Generally, they are priced outside of the affordable range for most consumers, but TCL is looking to change that with the introduction of its 50-inch (127-cm) LED 4K Ultra HD TV at a US$999 price point.  Read More

The MagBak can be mounted to any metal surface and others with the help of the metalic O-R... Mounts for iPad are thick on the ground, but the creators of MagBak are looking to stand out from the crowd with a slimmed down approach to attaching the tablet to any surface that also keeps the Smart Cover closed and provides a convenient grip.  Read More

The C.24 is designed to bring physical keyboard interaction to the iPad

The potential for tablets as virtual musical creation devices has spawned a number of hardware add-ons aimed at bringing a new level of physical interaction to the table. Following this school of thought is the C.24 from Miselu: a Bluetooth-enabled, two octave wireless music keyboard for iPad that doubles as a cover.  Read More

The NapAnywhere is designed to help commuters sleep anywhere

We've all been there; you sit down for a long flight, and you just can't seem to get your head to stay up so you can actually get a couple of hours of sleep to pass the time. The fact is, airplane seats just don't seem to be built for comfortable sleeping. A new product called NapAnywhere is designed to rectify the situation by supporting your head and allowing you to sleep comfortably, even while sitting straight up.  Read More

The Skymouse puts cursor control on your fingertips

Los Angeles-based Eliott Ephrati is bringing a new product to the masses through Kickstarter called Skymouse, which is designed to let users control their computers using only their fingers. Mice of this sort are starting to gain more traction, with products like The Mycestro 3D wearable mouse and the Genius wireless Ring Mouse coming before this one. While those have you wearing the mouse, the pitch for Skymouse is that your finger actually is the mouse.  Read More

The Ringtool comes with tons of options and is easy to carry Ringtool from Reductivist might just be the smallest multitool we've ever seen. The creator came up with the idea because he wanted a tool small enough to carry with him on his bicycle commute, but reasoned that it could be used by almost anyone.  Read More

Canadian high school student Ann Makosinski demonstrating her body-heat powered Hollow Fla...

At the tender age of 15, Canadian high school student Ann Makosinski has designed and built a flashlight powered by body heat. Her Hollow Flashlight secured her a finalist slot in the 15-16 age group of the Google Science Fair ahead of thousands of entries from more than 100 countries. My science project in tenth grade was a volcano that only worked about half the time, so I think she has me beat.  Read More

Buttercup poses with his 3D printed foot Buttercup the duck was born with a strange birth defect. One of the little duckling's legs faced the wrong direction. To remedy the situation, 3D printing technology has been used to create a prosthetic leg that should allow Buttercup to live a somewhat normal, albeit much more famous, life.  Read More

The Practical Meter reveals the mysteries of charge times from different devices Recharging a smartphone has become a part of everyday life for most people. But while the device’s display will usually tell you it is charging, it won’t tell you how long you’ll be twiddling your thumbs before the charge ticks over to 100 percent. That’s where the Practical Meter comes in.  Read More

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