Computational creativity and the future of AI

Loz Blain

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

Goldgenie's 24 karat gold-plated bicycle: golden gear cluster Goldgenie's team of undeniably talented artisans have taken an aluminum framed road bike and gold plated more or less the whole damn thing, from the tips of the handlebars, to the spokes, to the derailleur, chain and every single cog on the gear clusters.  Read More

Ian Drysdale's Dryvtech 2x2x2 - an unique experimental motorcycle is up for grabs on eBay

A fascinating and utterly unique piece of motorcycle history is about to go under the hammer on eBay, with less than two days remaining on its auction. Australian inventor Ian Drysdale, best known for his radical V8 sportsbikes, built the bizarre Dryvtech 2x2x2 motorcycle back in his post-university days in 1990. Not only does it feature hydraulic two wheel drive, it also uses hydraulic two wheel steering. With the auction set to start at AU$10,000, the 2x2x2 would be a bizarre and irreplaceable addition to any collection – or a really interesting ride for those brave enough to take it for a spin.  Read More

Roland Iten's Calibre R822 'Predator' belt buckle: Significantly better than a piece of st...

Roland Iten attacks the problem of holding trousers up with a vigor and ingenuity that has to be seen to be believed. His pieces are as much mechanical jewellery as they are clothing, made with intricate mechanisms, exotic materials and the finely detailed machining of a Swiss watch. Pretty much everything this guy makes will secure a trouser with tactical precision. If you see a man wearing a Roland Iten belt buckle, and his pants are down, that's no accident. You can be damn sure those pants are down for a reason, and you'd better plan your next move accordingly.  Read More

Micronautix Triton concept: front seats for all

Perhaps one of the reasons most people are so blasé about the miracle of human flight these days is that for the most part, we're totally cut off from it. Peering through the milky, scratched glass of a passenger plane window offers just a tiny, claustrophobic glimpse of the world falling away beneath you - what the pilot sees would make the layman's heart sing with joy. And that's the simple thought behind the Triton concept design – to give passengers the most involving and magnificent experience possible, and maybe even inspire them to become pilots themselves.  Read More

Apple has patented technology to detect when its gadgets are falling, and give them the so...

Apple has been awarded a fascinating patent on technology that can detect when a smartphone has been dropped, work out how far it is to the ground, and forcibly adjust the phone's rotation in mid-air so that it lands in a way least likely to damage critical components.  Read More

Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, associate professor of biomedical sciences at the UC Riverside Scho...

Researchers are zeroing in on what looks like an effective treatment for the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Teams from UC Riverside and New York's Rockefeller University have both used the same compound, indazole chloride, to successfully reverse the progression of MS in mice. The drug appears to be able to stimulate the regeneration of the myelin sheath – the nerve pathway coating that is progressively destroyed as MS attacks the nervous system.  Read More

BMW is taking the technology it developed for the i3 and i8, and looking to roll it out as...

BMW is doubling down on its electric eDrive technology by announcing that it plans to eventually produce plug-in hybrid versions of all its core-brand models. The electrification process will start with the presentation of a 3 series prototype, as well as a group of plug-in hybrid concepts that can get around town on battery power alone, but that can also burn some dinosaur bones if you need to take a longer trip. The new BMW hybrid concepts will be presented in Miramar, France.  Read More

Harley-Davidson Street 500 (Photo: Noel McKeegan/gizmag.com)

As was foreshadowed last year, Harley-Davidson is making some extraordinary moves to bend its storied brand into something that will attract younger riders and push forward into the next generation of motorcycling. The latest is the Street 500, the much-anticipated Harley "learner bike." At 492cc, it's the first hog that fits into the restricted license categories in many markets – and it's also by far the cheapest Harley, which could help cut H-D a slice of the massive and growing motorcycle segment in India.  Read More

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