Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Dave LeClair

The Shark Wheel literally reinvents the skateboard wheel

A company called Shark Wheel is aiming to reinvent, well, the wheel. Instead of the conventional circular shape we're all familiar with, this new skateboard wheel is based around a cube shape. While this might seem illogical, the company claims its new wheels ride smoother, faster, and offer better grip than traditional skateboard wheels.  Read More

The Omni is an omnidirectional treadmill designed to provide a more immersive gaming exper...

When we first checked in on the Omni, an omnidirectional treadmill from Virtuix designed to translate the user's physical movements into a virtual world, the company was hoping to launch a Kickstarter campaign in May. It missed that target, but only just, with a launch on June 4. The campaign target has already been exceeded many times over, meaning backers could be getting physical within virtual worlds by January 2014.  Read More

The RadioVault opened with valuables inside Cannon Security Products' has taken a stealthy new approach to securing valuables in the home with the RadioVault, a fingerprint activated safe that's hidden inside a fully functional iPod dock.  Read More

A shoe designed using Shapeways' new Elasto Plastics material Shapeways, one of the biggest names in 3D printing, is adding a new squishy plastic material called Elasto Plastics to its available printing options. This new material offers some interesting applications for anything wearable, specifically for sandals and other kinds of footwear.  Read More

Razer's new 14-inch Blade laptop

Razer has been rather busy of late. While the company is best known for its various gaming peripherals, it is putting some serious resources into dedicated gaming hardware like the Edge tablet, which we went hands on with at CES. Now, it has just announced a new version of its Blade laptop, which it is calling the "world's thinnest" gaming Ultrabook.  Read More

Polar's new Stride Sensor tracks all kinds of running stats without GPS

Polar, the company responsible for all kinds of connected fitness products, has just launched a new device called the Stride Sensor. It's designed to allow runners to keep track of all kinds of key information about their workout, and it does so without requiring any GPS signal.  Read More

The Pocket Tripod in its folded-up state The Pocket Tripod is an interesting new stand and tripod for iPhone users. Instead of being a bulky device that is hard to carry around, this one is able to fold up completely flat and fit inside of a wallet. Not only can it fold up into a tiny package, it can articulate into all kinds of positions, so it offers a lot of flexibility.  Read More

Tek Recon offers a blaster and an integrated app to make real world play like an FPS

What happens when you combine a popular first-person shooter like Call of Duty with toy guns like Nerf? You get the Tek Recon, a new product that takes what we loved about those blaster guns as a kid and mashes in some modern twists that can only be delivered with the rise in popularity of smartphones. It certainly looks like an interesting way for kids (or adults) to get outside and play with their friends.  Read More

Micro-Phone is about the same size as a credit card

Today's cellphone market is highly focused on smartphones. Android and iPhone have a stranglehold on the market, but does that mean there isn't room for something different? Micro-Phone certainly hopes so, as it is looking to bring its tiny GSM phone to market with the help of crowd-funding service Indiegogo. Instead of focusing on apps and other advanced features, Micro-Phone is focused on making a device that is small enough to carry anywhere, while still offering useful features such a locator.  Read More

The FUMM is designed to be used anywhere

The FUMM offers a very interesting take on the basic goal of propping a smartphone in a useful position. Instead of being restricted to only certain devices or angles, its flexible arms and nano suction pads offer a level of versatility not often seen in similar products.  Read More

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