Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Dave LeClair

TwistVolt with multiple devices plugged in

Power strips are very functional devices that allow people to expand the capabilities of an outlet by plugging in more stuff. However, most are not pretty, designed with function over form. TwistVolt is aiming to fix that, but offering a device that offers just as much functionality as a traditional power strip, but with a form that looks more like a piece of modern art than a device designed to simply offer some extra outlets.  Read More

Stanford's prototype game controller senses player engagement and can alter games to suit ...

When it comes to entertainment, there are few other media that feature the level of user interaction of video games. Now, researchers at Stanford University are looking to make games more interactive. They've developed a prototype controller that monitors the player's physiological responses, then changes the gameplay to make it more engaging based on the player's feelings.  Read More

The SITU Scale allows users to weigh food while also getting nutritional information on th...

The SITU Scale is bringing Bluetooth connectivity to food scales, allowing users to weigh their food and instantly see nutritional information via a companion app running on their connected tablet. For people on a diet, this could prove to be quite useful as it allows them to more accurately keep track of their food consumption.  Read More

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows features some subtle differences from the Xbox One version

One of the biggest features hyped by Microsoft about the Xbox One was the new Kinect. Now, Microsoft is bringing an SDK for its improved motion and voice sensor to PC with Kinect for Windows v2. This will allow developers to create Windows applications that use features offered by the Kinect.  Read More

The XBand Speed Pro is able to track a wide range of sport metrics

For high-level athletes, knowing exactly where they need to improve is critical information. Coaches can go a long way towards helping, but nothing can replace data. A new product called XBand Speed Pro aims to provide just that for athletes, with the ability to track speed and agility metrics through a wearable device.  Read More

The new Philips clear LED bulb It's no secret that LED bulbs are far more efficient than traditional incandescent lights. One drawback, though, is a different look than the bulbs that people are accustomed to. Philips has just launched a new clear LED bulb that features the traditional light bulb shape and look, but with the efficiency benefits of modern offerings.  Read More

The R/C car that was able to hit 188.87 mph Everyone loves seeing a world record broken, especially when it involves exceedingly fast things. Nic Case recently set out to break his own world record for fastest R/C car, and he succeeded, pushing his Bullet car to a whopping 188.87 mph (304 km/h) – and no, that's not scaled down to the size of the car.  Read More

The dragon can shoot fire three feet while on the ground

A couple of years ago, a man named Rick Hamel created one of the most insane remote-controlled flying machines you'll ever witness. No, it's not an airplane or helicopter, or anything that mundane. Instead, he created a dragon that actually shoots fire and reaches airborne speeds of up to 70 mph (112.6 km/h). Now, this beast is actually for sale via Hammacher Schlemmer, with a staggering US$60,000 price tag.  Read More

Blueforce's new implant warns police of dangerous internal temperatures (Photo: Shuttersto...

Police dogs serve many purposes for law enforcement agencies. Often times they are used for their superior sense of smell, and they are also used to apprehend suspects. As such, these animals face many risks. One, though, is not necessarily the first that comes to mind, and that is being left to overheat in police cruisers. A company called Blueforce Development aims to fix this problem with a sensor that alerts police when a K-9's temperature reaches dangerous levels, thus saving the dog's life.  Read More

The new GS70 Stealth 17-inch laptop features high-performing gaming components

MSI, a company known for its computers and components, has just announced two lightweight laptops aimed at gamers. The two models, called the GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost, feature high-end components to run modern games. Of course, a desktop will always be the best solution for PC gaming, but for gamers who need portability, these look like they should do the job ... albeit with a premium price tag.  Read More

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