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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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— Automotive

Google self driving car now recognizes cyclists' hand signals

By - April 28, 2014 16 Pictures
There are an extraordinary number of companies converging on the idea of self-driving cars from all sorts of different angles, but the undisputed leader of the pack is Google, whose self-driving vehicles have logged a total of nearly 700,000 development miles. In a video released today, Google shows some fantastic visualizations to demonstrate what the car is seeing in complex traffic situations. You can watch how the car handles roadworks, level crossings, complex intersections and a range of interactions with cyclists – including recognizing their hand signals. Read More
— Around The Home

Five of the best: High-tech hammers

By - April 28, 2014 22 Pictures
People have been banging nails into things for nearly five and a half thousand years, if archaeologists are correct. And wood is such a versatile and abundant building material that we’re sure to be banging spiky bits of metal into it for thousands of years to come. But how similar is the hammer going to look at that stage? What is the state of the art in hammer technology? Are they still just flat-ended bits of metal on the end of sticks? Let’s take a look at five high-tech hammers that aim to push one of mankind’s (other) oldest professions forward. Read More
— Architecture

Chinese company uses 3D printing to build 10 houses in a day

By - April 23, 2014 3 Pictures
This small home may look plain, but it represents a significant achievement in rapid construction. A Chinese company has demonstrated the capabilities of its giant 3D printer by manufacturing 10 houses in less than 24 hours. Built from predominantly recycled materials, these homes cost less than US$5,000 and could be rolled out en masse to ease housing crises in developing countries. Read More
— Motorcycles

Benelli’s 300cc BN302: Italian motorcycling for beginners

By - April 18, 2014 24 Pictures
Benelli has rolled out the welcome mat to new riders with the release of its BN302 twin cylinder, 300cc nakedbike. Affordable, good looking and unmistakably Italian, the BN302 is one of a host of new models set to debut in the coming 24 months (including a 1200cc TnT, a fully faired sportsbike and an 1800cc cruiser) as Benelli’s new owner Qianjiang seeks to re-establish the historic brand. Read More
— Music

World’s first graphene speaker already superior to Sennheiser MX400

By - April 15, 2014 4 Pictures
Graphene is frankly just showing off at this point. Not content with breezing in and smashing records in solar efficiency, kicking the butt of lithium-ion batteries, being the strongest known material in the Universe, being 1,000 times more light-sensitive than any known camera sensor and a thousand other achievements, now this smug supermaterial is having a crack at audio. How’s it going? Well, with basically zero acoustic development, a graphene loudspeaker is already boasting a better frequency response curve than a set of Sennheiser MX-400s. Read More
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