Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Dave LeClair

Of course, gaming is going to be a major focus for Razer's soundbar

The soundbar market is constantly growing as more people realize they want improved sound for their entertainment, but that a proper surround sound system doesn't suit their needs. Now, Razer – a company known for its gaming peripherals – is jumping into the market with the introduction of its Leviathan 2.1 system.  Read More

Alpine's new iLX-007 is the company's first to feature Apple's CarPlay technology

Apple's CarPlay is a feature designed to bring many of the best aspects of iOS directly to the dashboard of a user's car. Up to this point, not many head units have actually been released outside of Volvo including it in the XC90 and Pioneer's new system. Now, Alpine is jumping into the CarPlay market with the introduction of its iLX-007 head unit.  Read More

Arist aims to allow users to brew professional coffee drinks from home

Some of us wake up in the morning and have a cup of coffee just to get the caffeine. For others, drinking coffee is an experience, and it's at those people that the new Arist brewer is aimed. It connects to a user's smartphone and allows them to make the same kinds of recipes one would typically get from a trained barista, but it's done right in the home.  Read More

The new Dyson Humidifier is promised to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria

Dyson, a company best known for its line of high-end vacuum cleaners, has just announced a new humidifier that's designed to kill bacteria in the air using what it calls "Ultraviolet Cleanse" technology.  Read More

The Pronto promises to be able to get enough to juice to fully charge an iPhone 5 in five ...

Portable battery packs are nothing new. We've seen some that elect to go with wireless charging like the Qimini Deuce, while some opt for wires and a large capacity. In the case of the Pronto from Power Practical it's all about speed, as the device can obtain the power for a full charge in just five minutes.  Read More

The GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition will offer 4K recording at 30 FPS

GoPro has just announced three new models in its popular Hero actioncam line. The followup to the Hero 3, aptly named Hero 4, adds 4K recording at 30 frames per second. This should be a big improvement over the 4K/15fps seen on the previous model.  Read More

The new Direct Vision truck cab is designed to reduce blind spots

A UK team at Loughborough University is proposing a new cab design for lorries that would offer drivers a better view of the road around them, thus potentially saving the lives of pedestrians and cyclists. According to the researchers, the redesign of the cab could offer a 50-percent increase in front and side field of view, compared to traditional cabs.  Read More

The Qimini Deuce aims to make wireless charging portable

Wireless charging is still a relatively new technology in the portable electronics arena, but it is rapidly gaining steam. As a result, plenty of companies are embracing it and making use of it in creative ways. Once such firm is Qimini, which is launching a wireless charging device called Deuce that also features its own battery packed in its tiny form factor, allowing it to charge devices without wires while on the go.  Read More

The Collar Perfect iron aims to be portable and flexible

The humble iron, while an incredibly useful device for keeping clothes looking their best, has not seen very many major changes over its history, at least from a core functionality standpoint. Collar Perfect is aiming to make that happen, by making it portable and allowing it to get to hard-to-reach places more easily.  Read More

The DAQRI Smart Helmet aims to bring Google Glass-like functions to the work site

Los Angeles-based augmented reality developer DAQRI is looking to bring the humble protective hard hat into the modern era with the Smart Helmet – a Google Glass-like system geared specifically towards industrial applications.  Read More

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