After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.
When Porsche promises a world premiere you expect something very special and as the curtain went up on the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this morning, it delivered. The company has taken the drivetrain of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid
and spliced it together with the silky lines of the 918 Spyder Concept
to create the Porsche 918 RSR – a mid-engine coupé that puts out a remarkable 767 hp at peak using the combined forces of its direct injection V8 engine and electric motors on each of the front wheels.
A last minute addition to our list of automotive-goodness to watch out for
when the Detroit Motor Show
kicks-off tomorrow – this time from Hyundai. The Korean automaker will rip the covers off its HCD-12 Curb Concept as well as presenting the world debut of its 2012 Veloster sports coupe, a vehicle that's immediately notable for it's three forward-hinged doors (two on the passenger side, one on the driver’s side).
Outdoor electronics specialist Etón Corporation
has expanded its line of American Red Cross branded products with the new TurboDyne Series. We checked out the three new self-powered emergency preparedness devices – the Road Torq, Axis and Rover – at CES 2011
GoPro is getting into 3D with its 1080p HD HERO actioncam range, but it's taking a slightly different approach. Instead of jamming two lenses and two sensors into one unit, the company has opted to build a special casing that joins two of the existing 2D cameras at the hip. The 3D HERO Expansion kit will be compatible with all 1080p HD HERO cameras and is expected to hit shelves in February at a cost of US$100.
Otterbox has a well earned reputation for producing high-quality protective cases
for mobile gear and its latest range for iPhone 4 and BlackBerry Curve – the Reflex Series – has just been announced at CES. The new design is made up of a single layer of polycarbonate and TPE rubber which surrounds your smartphone with an air cushion "crumplezone" so that in the event of a bump, the case recoils and springs back again.
Samsung has announced an update to its NX line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras along with a powerful new 24X zoom compact ahead of next week's CES. The follow up to the NX10
(sensibly called the NX11) shares many of the features of its predecessor including an APS-C (23.4 mm × 15.6 mm) size, 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor and 3-inch AMOLED screen. The updated unit is also the same weight and size, with the key points of difference being extended compatibility with the i-Function lenses first introduced last year on the NX100
and a slight tweaking of the grip design.
BAE Systems has presented the fruits of its Future Protected Vehicle program (FPV) to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, and it's an intiguing glimpse of the what we can expect to see in tomorrow's high-tech battlefield. With input from over 35 organizations, the FPV study is aimed at identifying "innovative technologies and concepts for short, medium and long term exploitation into future lightweight land platforms." Hundreds of new technologies were canvassed in the study and seven platform concept vehicles have been floated to showcase the most significant of these, including the use of electronic ink camouflage systems, microwave weapons, floating electro-magnetic armor and a type of mechanical "sweat" that reduces thermal signature.
There's a new member of the racetrack-inspired BMW M club – the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. While the compact 2-door might be pitched at a broader "everyday use" market than its predecessors, fans who fear the diluting of the M series pedigree need not worry, as high-performance is still high-priority. The M Coupe packs a 250 kW/340 bhp punch from its in-line 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine (that's 25% more than the original M1 produced in the late 70's) and reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standing start in 4.9 seconds.
The company behind the first FAA approved "roadable aircraft" – the Terrafugia Transition
– has been selected to contribute to DARPA's Transformer (TX) Project
, a program that aims to bring flying car technology to the battlefield. Terrafugia will subcontract to one of two winning teams under phase one of the program which focuses on creating a conceptual design for a four person cross between a Humvee and a helicopter for use in insurgency, reconnaissance, medical evacuation and logistical supply.
Astronomers have been discovering planets outside of our solar system – or exoplanets
– at a steady rate in recent years. The number has now topped 500 and with earth-bound detection improving all the time and the Kepler mission
out hunting with the largest camera ever sent into space, the rate is not likely to slow down anytime soon. Among these discoveries are some extraordinary finds like the first "potentially habitable" exoplanet
, but what's different about this latest discovery is not the Earth-like qualities of the planet, it's the fact that it originated from outside the Milky Way – which makes it an extragalactic exoplanet.