Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Stu Robarts

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

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

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

The planned Gate Residence will feature a host of energy-saving and generating technologie...

Plenty of new buildings are now being built with technologies to help minimize environmental impact. Few, however, do so to the extent that Cairo, Egypt's, upcoming Gate Residence will. The complex will feature windcatchers, geothermal cooling, solar panels, solar heater tubes and wind turbines.  Read More

The Mercedes-Benz Vision G-Code concept car has multi-voltaic silver paint that harvests s...

Hydrogen-powered cars are a greener alternative to those powered by petrol. One new Mercedes-Benz concept car is not only powered by hydrogen, but by its paint job as well. The Vision G-Code SUV is finished in "multi-voltaic silver" paint that harvests solar and wind energy.  Read More

A method of controlling first-person computer game characters has been tested for use with...

Anyone who's played a first-person shooter will be familiar with using the direction that a character is looking to also control the direction they move. The concept is known as "free look control." Firefighters in Pisa, Italy, have been testing this method for operating emergency response robots.  Read More

The Crazy Cart XL is a larger and more powerful version of the original Crazy Cart

Sometimes you can buy a toy for yourself and pretend you bought it for a child. That won't be the case with the Crazy Cart XL. It's a new version of Razor's original Crazy Cart that was released last year. It's been made bigger and more powerful, especially for grown-ups who should know better.  Read More

The LG 31MU97 monitor has DCI 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160, which is a digital cinema stan...

UHD 4K computer monitors (with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, like 4K TVs) have only started being released relatively recently. Already, though, manufacturers are offering monitors with higher specs still. LG's new 31MU97 has a DCI 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160, a standard used for digital cinema.  Read More

Vinge Train Station, in Denmark, will have an undulating circular design that helps avoid ...

Rail infrastructure has a tendency to split cities into two, beyond just its physical route. A station in Denmark, however, will use clever design to negate any such sense of separation. Vinge Train Station will use an undulating concourse that allows the city to flow seamlessly across the tracks.  Read More

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