Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Noel McKeegan

The 50th Paris Air Show provided a feast for the eyes of aero-enthusiasts

The 50th edition of the Paris Air Show kicked off with a bang on Monday, but rather than the rumbling of huge jet engines the din came courtesy of thunderstorms and torrential rain. Thankfully the dark skies cleared quickly and despite more bursts of wet weather throughout the week, there has been plenty of blue sky to provide a backdrop for the daily aerial displays. Here's a our look at the highlights from Le Bourget airfield, both on the ground and in the air.  Read More

New VLC rolling-chassis on display at The Henry Ford Museum

The team at Edison2 has not been idle since winning the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize with its Very Light Car (VLC) back in 2010. An electric version of the VLC was unveiled in 2011 and this month saw the new architecture that will form the basis of the company's consumer prototype unveiled at the The Henry Ford museum.  Read More

Argus II consists of a tiny video camera mounted in glasses that is wirelessly linked to a...

While the word prosthesis usually evokes images of artificial legs, arms, and these days even sophisticated thought-controlled hands, an entirely new class of replacement body part has now become a reality – the bionic eye. One of the pioneers in this field is California-based Second Sight and the company has now announced that its Argus II System has received U.S. market approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Read More

What won't you find wrapped up under the tree come 25 December

The end of the world might not be nigh, but the end of the year is, which means it's time once again for our annual look back at some of the most outrageous examples of new technology to have crossed our desk during 2012. So be as naughty or nice as you like, because even the most eloquent of letters written to Santa Claus won't elicit a response if any of these items appear in the fine print.  Read More

The Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept design

What will highway patrol vehicles look like in 2025? That's the question posed by this year's Los Angeles Design Challenge, and Mercedes-Benz has answered with the Ener-G-Force design concept. Despite the brief, the company's North American R&D team hasn't totally abandoned the past in looking to the future, conceiving a rugged, fuel-cell driven concept based on the existing G-Class that would produce its own hydrogen from water on the fly.  Read More

The Sagrada Família as it's never been seen before (Photo: Moment Factory) The Sagrada Família in Barcelona is a spectacular building in its own right, but when you throw a healthy dose of the latest lighting and architectural mapping technology in its direction, the facade of famous church becomes truly mesmerizing. That dose comes from Moment Factory, a new media and entertainment studio based in Montreal, Canada, that has produced a 15-minute multimedia tribute inspired by the original color sketches and words of the buildings' equally famous architect Antoni Gaudi.  Read More

Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Qatar Airways colors flies over Farnborough airfield in the U.K. ...

Qatar Airways unveiled its brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner today at the Farnborough Airshow in the U.K. as the aircraft took to the skies for the first time in a flying display. The impressive demonstration of the plane's maneuverability was marked by steep climbs, tight banking and a "touch-and-go" landing, but perhaps the most striking feature of the 787 in flight (after an afternoon filled with the roar of jet fighters) was just how quiet it is.  Read More

Lotus was the featured marque at Goodwood 2012, and the theme of the Festival of Speed scu...

While there was certainly plenty of action on the track at last weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, that was far from the only automotive eye-candy on hand. Attractions off the tarmac included a display of Alain Prost's Formula 1 drives, a beautiful collection of luxury automobiles celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, exhibitions from almost every major auto manufacturer, action sports demonstrations, rally cars, motorcycles, racers from yesteryear ... and of course, a smorgasbord of supercars.  Read More

Plantronics BackBeat GO wireless earbuds

Going wireless usually involves some level of compromise and with Bluetooth earphones like anything else, it's a question of whether the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Does the convenience of cutting the cord trump the potential downside of a Bluetooth audio experience? We've been spending time with Plantronics BackBeat GO wireless earbuds in an effort to find out.  Read More

Ferrari F60 Forumla 1 car speeds past Goodwood house at the 2012 Festival of Speed

The phrase "Mecca for motorsport fans" often gets trundled out when it comes to major automotive events, but when you're talking about the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it's a perfectly accurate description. Just about anything that has a motor and wheels is represented at Goodwood and not only can you get up close and personal with supercars, the latest concepts and legendary racers both past and present, you can also see them in action on Goodwood's famous 1.16 mile hillclimb.  Read More

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