Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Stu Robarts

KTM, in partnership with Reiter Engineering, has announced a new version of its X-Bow raci...

Fans of motorbike-like specs on four wheels, strap yourselves in. KTM has announced a planned new version of its X-Bow (pronounced "Crossbow") sports car. Few details have been released, but based on past models we can expect blistering speed and glue-like road-holding.  Read More

The Fulton Center transit hub in New York has a huge reflective skylight and dome (Photo: ... Underground stations and transit hubs often have little in the way of daylight. A new transit hub in New York has tried to combat this with a specially-designed artwork-cum-skylight. The atrium of the Fulton Center features a huge kaleidoscope-like dome that pulls light deep into the building.  Read More

Elvie is a newly announced pelvic floor muscle exercise tracking device and smartphone app Further proof that there's almost always "an app for that," Elvie is a personal fitness aid that works with an accompanying app to provide women with real-time guidance and tracking of pelvic floor exercises.  Read More

UK supermarket Sainsbury's is set to trial a new app via which customers can pay for their...

No-one likes spending any longer at the supermarket than they have to. Whilst self-service checkouts may have sped things up a touch, one UK supermarket is now set to trial doing away with checkouts altogether. The new Sainsbury's app lets users scan items at the shelf and pay via their smartphone.  Read More

The Konzerthaus Blaibach when empty (Photo: Edward Beierle)

Buildings that contain auditoriums generally need to be large in order to fit tiered seating inside. A recently completed concert hall in Blaibach, Germany, however, creates this tiered effect in a simpler way. The whole building slopes down towards the front of the performance space.  Read More

The Sa is made of plastic that's stiffer than typical umbrella fabric

Struggling with an umbrella that has blown inside out in the wind is enough to dampen anyone's spirit. A newly-designed umbrella based on origami, however, could make it less of a struggle. The Sa will reportedly "bounce back into shape" should it blow inside out, even in high winds.  Read More

Designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have been revealed Following the appointment in July of MAD Architects to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA), the first design images have been released. The design blurs the line between the structure and the surrounding landscape. It aims to explore the relationship between nature and the urban environment.  Read More

Bloudhound SSC has confirmed that the first world land speed record test runs will take pl...

Having announced its intention in 2008 to attempt a new land speed world record, the Bloodhound team has now begun its 12-month countdown to the first test runs in South Africa. The milestone was marked yesterday with a test of the communications equipment at high-speed.  Read More

The Grand Théâtre d'Albi's mesh façade can be tightened or loosened in different places (P... Building façades are often designed solely with the intention of being aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes, though, their aim is to deliver a function on top of their form. The Grand Théâtre d'Albi has one such façade, designed to be both good looking and to provide some shelter from the elements.  Read More

Project Gregory proposes the use of billboards-cum-shelters for housing the homeless

Earlier this year, Gizmag featured a concept that proposed using billboards as shelters for the homeless. The company behind Project Gregory suggested that income from advertising on the billboards could subsidize the shelters' running costs. It now hopes to build its first such shelters next year.  Read More

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