Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Eric Mack

Touch Board turns any conductive material into a potential capacitive touch input, like th...

In a world increasingly dominated by touchscreens, a London design studio is taking an approach to touch that's both low(er)-tech and innovative at the same time. Bare Conductive raised over US$200,000 on Kickstarter last year for an Arduino-based project called Touch Board that turns any conductive material into a potential capacitive touch input, including the firm's own conductive electric paint. Gizmag's Eric Mack was able to see the Touch Board in action and speak with co-founder Matt Johnson at the Bay Area Maker Faire.  Read More

Assorted QU-BD printers on display at Maker Faire Over 1,400 backers committed over $400,000 to the crowdfunding campaign for the $199 QU-BD 3D print. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based company has been scrambling to fulfill all those orders ever since, but have managed to also bring forth a few new versions of their 3D printer kit and also prepare to start taking new orders.  Read More

Palcohol's labels have been removed from the company website after reports that the produc...

Bikers, hikers, campers and anyone else interested in the potential of carrying around lightweight, powdered alcohol that only needs a little water to become a cocktail now have reason to be excited about a new product called Palcohol – so long as it manages to make it through the final regulatory hurdles in the United States.  Read More

The HTC One M8 is available now in the US and Canada

HTC announced its successor to last year's heralded HTC One in New York on Tuesday, which we'll be calling the HTC One M8. Although the main details of the phone had largely been leaked in advance of the event, there were still a few surprises and a lot to like in a phone that keeps and improves upon the best features of the original One, while also adding new features from other top phones of the past year and taking an above-and-beyond approach to customer service.  Read More

The Moto 360 will be available in summer 2014 (Northern Hemisphere)

Motorola announced its first smart watch, the Moto 360, in conjunction with Google's announcement of Android Wear, the company's new port of a modified form of Android and Google Now, which it hopes will serve as a platform for all sorts of wearable devices in the near future.  Read More

Epson's Moverio BT-200 smart glasses can connect to an Android device and a Myo armband fo...

At CES 2014, Epson showed off its Moverio BT-200 smart glasses – just one of myriad Google Glass competitors seen at the show. But this month the company upped the ante by pairing its Moverio glasses with a wearable Thalmic Labs Myo armband that allows for gesture control of applications that Epson says move beyond "Minority Report."  Read More

Five finalists have been selected for the Google Lunar XPrize competition (Photo: NASA/JPL...

Five international teams are moving forward from a field of 33 proposals with the goal of performing a robotic landing on the moon, followed by a short drive and high-quality video mooncast, all as part of the Google Lunar XPrize competition to incentivize a new novel, low-cost era of lunar exploration.  Read More

The Phoenix 2 by Beacon Audio

It seems everyone has a Bluetooth speaker in their product lineup today, and selecting the right one is a dizzying experience inciting even more vertigo with each passing week as the mountain of wireless sound options grows bigger. I'm going to walk you through some of the best Bluetooth options in this buying guide.  Read More

LG's UltraWide UM95 packs a QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution

There were a few things that I saw last month at CES 2014 in Las Vegas that didn't really register in my head as big innovations until I got back home. Chief among them is a 34-inch flat-screen 3440 x 1440 HD monitor from LG that most show attendees just wandered right past without giving a second glance. Weeks later I increasingly covet that monitor, better known as the UltraWide UM95.  Read More

ZTE's original Grand Memo – a successor device will be announced at Mobile World Congress

ZTE, the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker, isn't exactly a household name in many parts of the English-speaking world, but that could be changing very quickly. ZTE unveiled the top flight Grand S II with a few nifty features and novel voice unlock at CES 2014, and next up the Chinese company will be showing its 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE and the Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open C at Mobile World Congress.  Read More

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