2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show

Loz Blain

Loz Blain
Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.
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Demonstrating the Aerodrums virtual drum kit (Photo: Gizmag.com/Loz Blain)

This astonishing piece of motion tracking software watches you play air drums, and translates what you're doing into a MIDI signal in real time. It's a simple enough idea, but the execution works astonishingly well – making Aerodrums the most portable drum kit I've ever seen!  Read More

The i3DMic, from China's MicW, does a great job of creating 3D sound recordings (Photo: Lo...

Remember that wonderful virtual barbershop audio track that made you feel like you were in the room with the barber? Here's a microphone setup that could allow you to create a similar effect. Beijing-based microphone manufacturer MicW has demonstrated a new 3D binaural microphone setup at NAMM 2015.  Read More

Each musician has full control over their own mix through an app (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag)

In-ear monitors give musicians the ability to hear themselves and their band at safe volume levels during performances, no matter how big or small or loud the stage. But hearing your band in earphones can isolate you from what's happening on stage – which is what makes Klang's new 3D in-ears such a fascinating idea. This gadget tracks up to eight musicians in real-time, and alters everyone's stereo in-ear mix so that each instrument moves around in stereo space according to where the instrument is, and which way you're looking. If the bass player runs from stage left to stage right, you can hear him moving in your own mix. If you turn to face the keyboard player, she'll be front and center in your mix. It's a fascinating idea that could make for a much more connected stage experience.  Read More

Behind the wheel – or tiller – of the Spira4u prototype model in Detroit (Photo: Loz Blain...

Spira4u recently announced that is had begun pilot production of its three-wheeled urban vehicle. To be available in both an electric- and a gas-powered version, the Spira4u employs a honeycomb composite chassis and a fiberglass and foam body to achieve a unique combination of economy, safety and convenience. Gizmag took time out from the floor of NAIAS in Detroit to take the Spira4u for a spin.  Read More

Supercars, electrics, hybrids and of course big ol' trucks are the stars of this year's De...

The The 2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show happened at a slightly awkward time, with crashing oil prices and corresponding low fuel costs taking the edge off consumers' desire for efficient and green car options. Still, there were plenty of fuel cell, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on show, as well as a cavalcade of giant American trucks and several truly stunning sports and supercar launches. Gizmag's Scott Collie and Loz Blain were kids in an all-singing, all-dancing candy store. Enjoy our gallery of highlights from the Motor City's biggest event.  Read More

KTM's 148-horsepower 1190 Adventure R is the most dirt-focused and extreme of all the larg...

KTM's Adventure 1198 R is probably the most extreme adventure motorcycle you can buy. At 148 horsepower, it's considerably more powerful than anything else in the big enduro market, and at 230 kg (507 lbs) with a tank of fuel, it's actually quite light for a big-bore adventure bike. Make no mistake though, it's an intimidating ride – particularly when you're a complete numpty on the dirt like our road bike specialist Loz Blain. Things get a bit hairy in our latest video motorcycle review. Enjoy!  Read More

KTM Adventure 1190 R: a true, 148-horsepower, dirt road superbike (Photo: Gizmag/Loz Blain...

KTM bills the 2015 1190 Adventure R as both "the world's safest motorcycle" and "without doubt the twin-cylinder enduro with the greatest offroad ability." Backing up the first claim is one of the first lean-angle sensitive Cornering ABS systems to hit the market, and backing up the second is a pair of big, tubeless spoked rims with aggressively knobby tyres on. In the right hands, this thing is a dune-destroying cross-continental touring weapon, a true superbike for the dirt. Loz Blain's hands are not the right hands; he's spent precious little time on the dirt – but he's always up for an Adventure...  Read More

EBR 1190SX - the world's most powerful factory streetfighter (Photo: Gizmag/Loz Blain)

For decades, the formula has remained the same for nakedbikes: take a red-hot race bike, soften off the engine, make it more comfortable and price it to sell. And for decades, people have complained about the lost power - so when Erik Buell decided to make a streetfighter out of the 185-horsepower EBR 1190RX, he left its massive 1190cc v-twin engine untouched. In fact, despite its flat handlebar and the lack of fairings, the 1190SX is just about the exact same bike. We spent a week getting to know it in the latest of our video road tests.  Read More

The blocking, color banding and aliasing artifacts of heavily compressed JPEG (left), whil...

French programmer Fabrice Bellard has come up with a graphics file format he believes can "replace the JPEG image format." Bellard’s BPG (Better Portable Graphics) format boasts a compelling quality advantage over JPG, particularly when images are heavily compressed. Take a look through the gallery to see a few comparison shots – the left hand side of each image shows the JPEG compressed format, the right side shows BPG at a similar file size.  Read More

Varidesk Pro Plus - halfway up

Sitting down all day is bad for you. Standing up all day is bad for you. We do so many standing desk stories here at Gizmag that we've become acutely aware of our unhealthy desking habits – and just how expensive a lot of sit/stand desks tend to be. So when we ran across the Varidesk Pro Plus, which sells for US$350, fits two monitors and goes up and down with spring-loaded ease, we picked up half a dozen. Here's how they're going.  Read More

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