Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Electronics

Don't Move sends a Bluetooth alert when the item that it's resting on is moved

Don't like the thought of people sampling your lunch, "borrowing" your pens, or making unauthorized withdrawals from your cookie jar? Well, then you may like Don't Move. It's a small device that's essentially an electronic version of the "Do Not Touch" sticker, except it also tells on people who ignore it.  Read More

The Bluesmart smart carry on brings a wealth of technology features into the world of lugg...

Let’s face it, air travel sucks. You are crammed in a small cylinder at 35,000 feet with a herd of other people like cattle, noshing on junk food a cranky flight attendant pitches at you while hurrying by. Worst of all, you forgot to charge your tablet and now can’t watch all those Marvel movies you wanted to catch up on. A solution could exist to at least this last problem though, courtesy of a new so-called "connected carry-on" called Bluesmart that packs a built-in battery capable of charging your gadgets many times over.  Read More

Electron microscope scan of a THz circuit detailing its high-electron-mobility transistors

Getting into the Guinness Book of World Records isn't just about who can eat the most hotdogs or fly a paper airplane the highest. Sometimes it involves technological breakthroughs with huge potential. Guinness has handed DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program the award for the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC) is a ten-stage common-source amplifier that cranks speeds of one terahertz (1012 Hz), or one trillion cycles per second.  Read More

The HaptoMime uses ultrasound to make users feel like they're touching a display that isn'...

Touchscreen interfaces may make our lives easier, but the things do tend to get smeared with finger oil and whatnot, plus they're notorious for spreading germs. That's why a team of researchers at the University of Tokyo, led by assistant professor Yasuaki Monnai, have developed the HaptoMime. It's an ATM-like interface that lets the user feel like they're touching a glass screen, when in fact they're touching nothing at all.  Read More

The new Soundlazer Snap from Richard Ahberkern

The creator of the pocket-sized Soundlazer directional speaker has revealed a more cost effective way for sonic scientists to get up to all sorts of narrow beam larks with friends. The new Snap does away with the funky red aluminum outer casing and ditches the complex digital signal processing in favor of a simple snap-together frame, board and ultrasonic transducers.  Read More

AirGuard is designed to catch tobacco and marijuana smokers in the act, and ratting on the...

While it's not against the law to smoke cigarettes in most parts of the world, there are still a lot of places where smoking is prohibited – workplaces, hotels, public housing, college dorms, jails – and a whole lot of smokers who still like to sneak in a cheeky one on the sly. That could become a lot more difficult with the release of the AirGuard, a sophisticated smoke detection unit that can either be hand held or fixed to a wall, and that can send out a Wi-Fi alert when tobacco or marijuana smoke is detected.  Read More

A new 20 kW inverter packs a lot of punch in a smaller, lighter package (Photo: ORNL)

A new power inverter developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) marries advances in 3D printing and wide-band semiconductor technology to deliver significantly improved performance in a smaller, lighter package. With further development, it could go a long way toward helping build electric cars that are more powerful and energy-efficient.  Read More

The Fire TV Stick and included remote control

On Monday, Amazon expanded one of the key fronts in the ongoing war for control of the living room by introducing the Fire TV Stick. It's a follow-up to the company's Amazon Fire TV launched earlier this year, and a direct competitor to Google's Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick.  Read More

The use of UV light, special blue-light polymers and a clever safety trigger could make th...

Startup company Future Make 3D is developing the Polyes Q1, a 3D pen with a slew of safety features that aims to make it fun and safe for everyone – children included – to sketch out three-dimensional sculptures made of plastic. The cordless, USB-charged pen will come with standard, glow-in-the-dark, transparent and temperature-changing inks and is set to hit Kickstarter sometime next month.  Read More

The arguably cheap iBox Nano prints small but argues that most users only want to print sm...

Bigger is better is generally the mantra when it comes to consumer 3D printers. This is despite the majority of users likely to be only printing smaller objects anyway. Targeting such users, iBox is introducing the smaller-scaled iBox Nano, a portable resin-based 3D printer designed specifically to print cheaply, easily, and quietly at a price far below larger UV-based resin machines, while still maintaining a good print quality.  Read More

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