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Loz Blain

Five of Gizmag's favorite high-tech hammers

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

Icon's Airframe Statistic - a motorcycle helmet with a message

The numbers you see on each section of this helmet represent the likelihood of that section taking an impact in a crash ... and they tell a very powerful story that's guaranteed to create arguments with other riders.  Read More

CATable by Ruan Hao, a man whose cat probably sits him down for bi-weekly performance revi...

Another one for our Top Ten Cat Gadgets? Ruan Hao’s CATable could only be the invention of a severely Stockholm Syndrome-impaired cat owner. Designed as a desperate ploy to convince your cat that there’s somewhere more interesting to be than on top of your laptop right now, there is only one possible reaction I can imagine from the world’s feline population: utter disdain.  Read More

Small home constructed from 3D-printed building blocks (Image: Winsun New Materials)

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

The Aton-Impulse Viking 2992

This no-nonsense Russian seven-seater looks like a grenade-proof apocalyptic off-roader that happily handles river and lake crossings, but behind its muscular looks hides a surprisingly meek 1,770cc engine. Which makes this an excellent amphibious off-road tank if you’re looking for something ... fuel efficient?  Read More

The Benelli BN302 (Photo: Loz Blain)

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

Google Camera's new Lens Blur effect simulates bokeh

With the new Google Camera app, you can choose where your photo is focused after you shoot, and then dial in whatever amount of lens blur you like to separate the subject from the background. It's a very clever piece of software that simulates the bokeh effect you get from using an expensive, large-sensor SLR camera and an expensive, wide aperture telephoto lens.  Read More

This jury-rigged, lab-built graphene speaker is already delivering better sound quality th...

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

The Amphibicruiser 4-door amphibious SUV takes to the water

"We wanted it to be as solid on water as the Land Cruiser is on land." That's Dutch Amfibious Transport co-founder Dirk-Jan de Jong talking about his company's heavy duty amphibious 4WD, the Amphibicruiser. Built around a Toyota Land Cruiser engine, it's a fully fledged on and offroad cruiser that can be driven up a river or out to sea with next to no training.  Read More

Drew Hobbs with the MK.II replica Colt rifle

The zombie-killing gore masters at IRLShooter are preparing to launch their second "real life video game" in Melbourne, Australia – Lazarus, a sequel to the very successful Patient Zero they ran in 2012. Surrounded by dangling corpses, Dave and Drew chatted with us about the new game, the new weapons, the infamous "pain belt" and the opportunity for players to join the zombie horde and scare seven different shades of crap out of their friends.  Read More

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