Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Loz Blain

BMW's R nineT is the best looking bike in the BMW catalog, and a fine thing to ride as wel...

BMW's R nineT is a refreshing bit of reminiscence from a brand in transition. It resonates with BMW designs of decades past, with a retro-cool roadster design and a big fat 1200cc boxer engine, even as the company establishes itself as a force in the razor sharp end of the superbike and super-naked field. It's the kind of bike people want to pose for photos with; it oozes class and quality from every pore – and it's on 12-month waiting lists in many countries as a result. It rides well, but it makes some sacrifices at the altar of beauty. Enjoy the latest of our video road tests as Loz Blain spends a couple of weeks with the nineT.  Read More

Panasonic's HC-X1000 is the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 f...

Panasonic has announced the HC-X1000, the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 frames per second onto an SD card. Intended as a bridging camera for 1080p shooters looking to take the step into 4K production, the X1000 brings a host of pro features to the table, including twin XLR audio inputs, built in ND filters, a 20x zoom, high speed autofocus Leica lens and a pop-out protected touch screen. With dual SD card slots, it also introduces a new "background recording" mode that constantly lays down footage on the secondary card so you never miss anything.  Read More

The Duke Axial Engine is lighter, more compact and already slightly more powerful than a t...

New Zealand's Duke Engines has been busy developing and demonstrating excellent results with a bizarre prototype axial engine that completely does away with valves, while delivering excellent power and torque from an engine much smaller, lighter and simpler than the existing technology. We spoke with Duke co-founder John Garvey to find out how the Duke Axial Engine project is going.  Read More

The four project nineT custom designers with their creations - and BMW Head of Vehicle Des...

BMW's R nineT was conceived to be a sexy roadster in its own right, with easy entry points for owners to begin customizing their bikes right away. To demonstrate the nineT's potential, BMW Japan gave four bikes to four of Japan's best custom builders and today the resulting bikes were released. The outcomes will not disappoint; four beautiful customs that cry out to be ridden, and ridden hard.  Read More

The low-drag aerodynamics of the Acabion Da Vinci give it a huge efficiency and top speed ...

Peter Acabion, of Acabion GTBO fame, has released details of his next concept vehicle – an ultra-efficient, 1,200 mpg, 650 km/h, solar electric successor to the car. With four enclosed wheels, a transforming aerodynamic tail, a jet fighter style cockpit and a self-loading trunk capable of storing a whole washing machine, the four- to six-seater Acabion Da Vinci would use extreme aerodynamic profiling to squeeze vastly more speed and efficiency out of its available energy than any car currently available.  Read More

The view of Supertree Grove from the skyway at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay (Photo: Loz ...

There are places on this Earth where you simply stand, slack-jawed, and pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming – and Singapore's Gardens by the Bay is as surreal a place as I've ever been. This billion-dollar techno-garden theme park is absolutely stunning right through, but the two stand-out highlights are its signature Supertree Grove – a collection of giant cyborg trees – and the Cloud Forest – a gigantic bio-dome that recreates the environment and climate of a mountaintop forest at sea level. As a bonus, there's also the world's tallest indoor waterfall.  Read More

Gizmag puts the BMW S1000R through its paces in our video review (Photo: Chris Blain)

After giving the rundown on BMW's latest, greatest super-naked motorcycle, the S1000R, in our write-up a couple of days ago, it's time to sing the praises of the brother to BMW's S1000RR superbike with our video review.  Read More

The BMW S1000R, pictured on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria (Photo: Chris Blain)

The S1000R might be 33 horsepower (25 kW) down on its S1000RR superbike brother, but it's vastly more aggressive, raw and challenging on the road. We spent 10 days with BMW's latest, greatest super-naked motorcycle, its bad-tempered hair-trigger throttle, its full suite of rider assist and comfort technologies, and one magnificent, beautiful thumbswitch that we hope to see a lot more of.  Read More

iPin is a handy gadget for those who need to be presentation-ready Plugging neatly into your smartphone headphone jack, the iPin is a super-compact laser pointer compatible with iPhone and Android phones that comes with a handy presentation control app and is designed to ensure you're always presentation-ready.  Read More

TipTapTop attaches to a faucet to make hand-washing more effective, more eco-friendly and ...

Dyson Award season is rolling around again, showcasing the work of young engineers and designers from around the globe. Here's one French device that's been entered with the goal of teaching kids how to wash their hands in a hygienic manner, without wasting water, while trying to make it as fun as possible. The 3D-printed TipTapTop might end up being an incredibly annoying thing to have in your bathroom, but the way it goes about its job is quite clever.  Read More

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