Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Dave LeClair

Today Apple upgraded the offerings in its MacBook Pro with Retina display line

Apple today pushed out a refresh of its MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, giving both the 13- and 15-inch models a little more horsepower under the hood. Additionally, Apple has dropped the price of the top-of-the-line 15-in version of its high-resolution notebook, perhaps making that high-end upgrade a little easier to justify.  Read More

The Genie Smart Lock promises low power consumption with a full suite of smart lock featur...

Smart locks are becoming increasingly popular, with examples currently including the Lockitron and the Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt. Many of the devices, however, go through batteries pretty quickly. It's with this in mind that the creators of the Genie Smart Lock set out to design a device with the features of other models, but much less power drain.  Read More

The Press Fit Desk aims to be an affordable, portable standing desk Using a digital manufacturing technique, the creators of the Press Fit standing desk are looking to strike a balance between convenience, affordability, and a more traditional form factor with the Press Fit standing desk.  Read More

Boogio is designed to track a user's feet

It seems like every day a new piece of wearable technology hits the market with the intention of revolutionizing the way we keep track of our fitness. Now, a product called Boogio is coming to market with a focus is on tracking the movement and force of a user's feet.  Read More

Sensors right in car seat textile could be used to monitor heart rate and detect when a dr...

Falling asleep at the wheel is extremely dangerous both for the driver, and for others sharing the road with them. A team of researchers at Nottingham Trent University are working on a solution to this driving threat. They're doing it with sensors in a car seat that detect the driver's heart rate, and alert the driver if they start dozing off.  Read More

The Raspberry Pi Model B+ offers some key improvements for the same price as the original ...

The Raspberry Pi was designed to put an affordable computer into the hands of young programers. Since then, it has gone on to be used in all kinds of interesting projects, and has even found its place in the home of casual users as a media center. Now, the team is launching a new model called the Raspberry Pi Model B+, which brings some key improvements to the hardware while keeping the same US$35 price tag.  Read More

GE is entering the smart bulb market with Link bulbs starting at around US$15

Having connected devices in the home is quickly becoming more and more popular. One device that's leading the charge is the light bulb, with products like the Lumen Smart Bulb and LIFX LED light bulbs feature connected coolness. Now, GE is entering the space, as the company has just announced Link, a connected LED bulb with a fairly reasonable price tag.  Read More

Razer's upcoming Android micro-console After yesterday's announcement of Android TV, we can soon expect to see a steady stream of home entertainment products running the new platform. One of those devices is going to be made by popular gaming hardware OEM Razer, which announced its micro-gaming console plans at Google I/O.  Read More

Frebble is designed to allow people to simulate holding hands over the internet Anyone who's had to spend a long time away from someone they love will know how difficult it can be. Frebble aims to make it a little easier by simulating the holding of hands with the person at the other end of an online video chat.  Read More

SkaterTrainer is designed to let skateboarders practice tricks without the board rolling a... If you've ever tried learning to skateboard, you've probably tried putting the board in grass or on some other surface on which it won't move in order to practice new tricks. After all, learning a new trick on a board that constantly wants to roll away from you is way harder. A new product called SkateTrainer aims to make that easier by preventing the wheels of the board from spinning, thus allowing stationary practice on any surface.  Read More

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