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Nick Lavars

Nick Lavars
Nick was born outside of Melbourne, Australia, with a general curiosity that has drawn him to some distant (and very cold) places. Somewhere between enduring a winter in the Canadian Rockies and trekking through Chilean Patagonia, he graduated from university and pursued a career in journalism. Having worked for publications such as The Santiago Times and The Conversation, he now writes for Gizmag from Melbourne, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, the city's bizarre weather and curried egg sandwiches.
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  • Air umbrella produces a "force field" of air to keep you dry

    People certainly haven't been afraid to try and reinvent the umbrella over the years.Now a team of Chinese designers are looking to do away with the awkward metal poles and canopy altogether, relying instead on a "force field" of air to keep you nice...

  • Shimano launches its own waterproof HD action cam

    Shimano has made its first foray into the increasingly crowded action cam market with the CM-1000 Sport Camera. Lightweight and HD-capable, the camera is ANT+ compatible and could prove a useful tool for reviewing performance.

  • Motorized Big Wheel Drift Trike speaks to your inner child

    Auto parts manufacturer SFD Industries is at the forefront of a rise in motorized trike drifting, and is staking its claim in the form of the Big Wheel Drift Trike. Packing a whopping 26-inch front wheel, it runs on a 6.5 hp motor and is proportioned...

  • Germany's first waste-free supermarket about to open its doors

    Aiming to open its doors this (northern) summer, Original Unverpackt is set to become Germany's first waste-free supermarket. Customers bring containers to take the produce away, borrow reusable containers from the store or use bags made from recycle...

  • DARPA's guided sniper bullet changes path mid-flight

    The accuracy of snipers is often dictated by wind, rain dust and not to mention, targets constantly on the move. As it turns out, over the last few months DARPA has been conducting live-fire tests of guided .50 caliber bullets, a development that cou...

Parrot's Zik 2.0 Bluetooth headphones offer something for both the fanatical audiophile an...

We managed to get our hands on the Zik 2.0 Bluetooth headphones on launch back in November and were impressed with what we heard. But we've now donned them on car trips, international flights and long days in the office and consider ourselves a little more qualified to comment on their strengths and shortcomings. Read on, for our full review of Parrot's latest set of wireless cans.  Read More

The customized bubbles are made using a combination of soap-like components that transform...

As if soap bubbles don't spread enough happiness on their own, scientists have discovered a way of coating them in biomolecules with a view to treating viruses, cancer and other diseases. The technology has been developed at the University of Maryland, where researchers devised a method of tricking the body into mistaking the bubbles for harmful cells, triggering an immune response and opening up new possibilities in the delivery of drugs and vaccines.  Read More

The Heddoko garments are designed to offer insights into the biomechanics of the body in a...

Advances in 3D motion capture technology have added an extra layer of realism to sports video games like FIFA and Madden. But software engineer-turned entrepreneur Mazen Elbawab reckons you shouldn't need to enter a virtual world to move like your favorite athletes. His Heddoko line of sportswear comes equipped with sensors that capture the body's motion, to offer feedback on how you can perform more like the pros.  Read More

The Luna smart mattress cover slips right over your mattress, much like a fitted sheet

There's nothing like slipping into bed on a cold night when your electric blanket has been hard at work, but warming up the linen to create that toasty sleeping cocoon of course requires you to flick it on in advance. The makers of Luna believe that poor foresight isn't worth losing sleep over, so they've created an internet-connected mattress cover that adjusts to your lifestyle. This means automatically setting the bed's temperature, tracking the quality of your rest, and even kicking your coffee machine into action when you wake up.  Read More

The Drones For Good award sees US$1 million up for grabs

The word "drone" is synonymous with autonomous military aircraft that hail down death and destruction from on high. But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is looking to highlight the humanitarian potential of the technology with its Drones For Good competition. Entrants include vehicles that detect landmines, plant trees and service slums all in the hunt for the industry's most prestigious (and probably only) prize, with the inaugural first place winner set to be announced next week to take home US$1 million.  Read More

The FoxL Dash7 Bluetooth speaker sure is slim at under an inch thick (Photo: Noel McKeegan...

We've come across Bluetooth speakers of all shapes and sizes here at Gizmag, and at first glance the FoxL Dash7 is hardly one to stand out from the crowd. But spending some time with Soundmatters' latest offering you come to appreciate what's inside. The Dash7 might not pack enough punch to keep the neighborhood up at night, but it really hits that sweet spot of great portability without compromising on high-quality sound.  Read More

Researchers have discovered a way of preventing type 1 diabetes developing in mice (Photo:...

Scientists working at St Louis University (SLU) have demonstrated the ability to prevent type 1 diabetes in mice by focusing on a particular immune cell whose properties weren't entirely clear. They discovered that impeding the development of this cell they could in fact stop the onset of the disease.  Read More

The Nest Smart Thermostat now works with Automatic's Connected Car Adapter Nest Labs has added integrated support for Automatic's Connected Car Adapter to its smart thermostat. The partnership will enable those that own both devices to program the climate of their home based on the location of their vehicle.  Read More

The Freedom Driver fits inside a backpack, and drives compressed air into Stan Larkin's ar...

Heart failure patients awaiting organ transplants normally find themselves anchored to the hospital bed by a washing machine-sized device that keeps blood pumping through their veins. But for Stan Larkin, a patient at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, a new form of wearable technology is allowing him to keep on the move. The Freedom Driver is a compact, mobile version of the same machine that allows patients like Larkin to go about their normal lives while they wait for a matching donor heart to arrive.  Read More

CNN has been given the green light to use drones as part of its newsgathering operations (... News media heavyweight CNN has reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designed to usher in the use of drones in newsgathering and reporting. CNN plans on experimenting with the vehicles in producing video content, while the government agency says the initiative will help to inform its drone policy moving forward.  Read More

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