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Kulturinsel Einsiedel: dawn view from the balcony of the treehouse hotel

In search of weird and unique hotels in Europe, Gizmag’s Loz Blain visits a beautifully hand-carved treehouse village on the German-Polish border. The treetop hotel itself is remarkable, but as it turns out, the rest of "Culture Island" is just as amazing.  Read More

Left: Patient Zero's Mk. 1 weapon. Right: Mk. 2 weapon. Yes, my face always looks like tha...

Australian real life video game company IRLShooter is back in 2014 with a total upgrade and redesign of its Patient Zero live action zombie shooter game, which puts small teams of players through a survival quest in a purpose-built game facility seething with infected undead. Gizmag’s Loz Blain and his brother Chris dropped in to check out the upgraded weapons system and try out a whole new addition to the game – the “pain belt” – which delivers a nasty electric shock any time you take damage in-game. Naturally, we filmed the pain belt test for your viewing pleasure. (Warning: contains strong language)  Read More

Lamborghini Museum, Sant'Agarta, Italy (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

Gizmag made a pilgrimage to the House of the Raging Bull as part of this year's 50th Anniversary celebrations. The Lamborghini Museum, near Modena in Italy, houses a collection of modern and historic supercars, including a few that rocked the motoring world to its very core. Here are our five favorites!  Read More

Blow Up Hall: exterior (Photo: Loz Blain/gizmag.com)

I've traveled all the way to Poland specifically to check out one of the world's most unique hotels. Half luxury accommodation, half art installation, Blow Up Hall 5050 is the singular vision of Poland's richest woman. As soon as you step into the lobby, you become part of a giant digital artwork that sets the tone for a strange and wonderful luxury experience. Your door key is an iPhone, there's no room numbers, cameras and screens constantly capture, chop up and spit out your image as you walk through disorienting hallways, and no two rooms are the same. It's quite an experience ... if you can get past the square toilets.  Read More

Honda's DSRC safety system warns the driver their path is about to intersect with a motorc...

Here's a term almost all motorcyclists run across in their first couple of years on the road: SMIDSY. It stands for "sorry mate, I didn't see you" and it's the standard apology we get when we're sprawled across the bonnet of a car after its driver has pulled out in front of us. Bikes are tougher to see on the road for a number of reasons, so Honda is looking into the idea of using Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) to give drivers advance warning when a SMIDSY situation could be coming up.  Read More

Iconic American manufacturer Harley-Davidson is releasing a 500cc v-twin learner motorcycl...

Just checking … no, it's not April 1. During its 110-year anniversary celebrations, iconic American manufacturer Harley-Davidson has dropped a couple of brand-twisting bombshells – firstly that it's building a 500cc learner bike, and secondly that an electric Harley is under serious consideration.  Read More

Patient Zero: Melbourne (Photo: Vinnie Lum, PhotoLuminessence)

"There was a full team of farmyard animals came through, and they murdered everything they saw." Meet Dave Leadbetter and Drew Hobbs of IRL Shooter, an Australian company that's blurring the boundaries between video games, live action role playing and laser tag. In 2012 these guys launched Patient Zero, a story-driven real life zombie shooter game in an outer suburb of Melbourne. Gizmag caught up with the pair as they prepare to bring the show to Sydney and beyond in 2014. (Editor's note: contains strong language.)  Read More

The TerraCraft tilting 3-wheel concept

The Terracraft is a sharp-looking 3-wheeler concept that aims to offer a unique hybrid of the motorcycle riding and car driving experiences. Its retractable roof and doors can offer weather protection and aerodynamics, its tandem double seat replicates the motorcycle pillion experience, and its unique steering system means the driver can manually dial in a tilt angle to replicate the sensation of leaning a motorcycle into a corner. Gizmag spoke with inventor James 'Wes' Abbott.  Read More

Reevu's proposed motorcycle helmet Heads-Up Display (HUD)

Motorcycle helmet innovator Reevu has come up with what it claims is the world's first commercially available intelligent helmet with a built-in heads-up display, or HUD. While that's a bit misleading – it won't actually be available for another 18-24 months – a HUD for bikers is clearly an exciting prospect, and Reevu with its experience in building in rear-vision capabilities is probably in an excellent position to get it to market.  Read More

British PM David Cameron plans to filter all adult content from all UK Internet connection...

On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a sweeping censorship plan that would block internet users in the United Kingdom from accessing online pornography unless they specifically request otherwise. British ISPs will be obliged to contact each of their customers to ask whether they want their content filtered, and if no answer is forthcoming, the filter will be applied by default. Speaking of how "online pornography is corroding childhood," Cameron also proposed that search engines stop showing returns for child pornography – and in doing so demonstrated a lack of understanding of the medium.  Read More

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