Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Outdoors

The Skywatch Windoo measures wind and other weather

The Skywatch Windoo series of anemometers from Swiss company JDC Electronic SA pack wind- and weather-tracking power into your smartphone by way of a sleek, plug-in unit that's small enough to clip on to your keychain.  Read More

The Refuel is a smart tank gauge designed to ensure your tank is ready when you need it

The partnership between Quirky and GE continues to bear fruit following the release of various smart products designed to work in conjunction with the Wink app. Joining the family is Refuel, a smart propane gas gauge designed to ensure your barbeque guests aren't dished up a plate of salad and raw meat after your grill runs out of gas.  Read More

Go Kin packs are designed to generate energy from your walk

The market for portable gadget chargers is bulging. While grid-fed chargers like the LithiumCard are ample for use around town, things get more complicated when you venture off the grid. A new backpack cuts reliance on external power sources, harvesting energy from something much more reliably available … you.  Read More

The Quadski XL cranks up to 45 mph on land and water

With up to 45 mph (72.4 km/h) of speed potential on both land and water, the Gibbs Quadski is one of the most playful amphibious vehicles in the world. With a price tag of around US$40,000, buying Quadskis for the whole family is an expensive – maybe impossible – venture, however. Gibbs is now making it easier for additional riders to get in on the fun, with the new two-seat Quadski XL.  Read More

The Turtleback Trailer at Overland Expo 2014

We saw dozens of camping trailers at last month's Overland Expo. Some, like the Moby1, we've covered in the past, but there were also a number of new models. One of our favorites was the Turtleback Trailer, which packs many of the comforts of home in a rugged body that's ready to climb and claw its way through the desert, mountains and forest.  Read More

The Recon 6 has a hidden secret

From the makers of the Crovel survival shovel comes a new multifunctional survival tool. "A cross between the Swiss Army Knife and MacGyver," the Recon 6 wristwatch is more than meets the eye thanks to the small survival kit that's integrated into its body and strap.  Read More

Sleeping high above the cold, icy ground

Built from military technology and optimized for off-road adventure, the Xventure XV-2 trailer from Schutt Industries is a versatile gear-hauler and people-sleeper. Instead of cramping trailer space with its tent hardware, the rugged, off-road tow-along has an adjustable upper deck for sleeping and a lower cargo bed for hauling tools and toys. The trailer can be customized with everything you need to survive and thrive in the backwoods.  Read More

By pulling the straps on the sides, the Draumr user can sit up in different positions

For generations, the hammock has served as one of the more comfortable ways to relax and sleep outdoors. Though comfy, it's not perfect for everyone. Over the past few years, we've seen a number of tweaks and twists on the classic design, including the Exped Ergo Combi and Hammock Bliss Sky Bed. Amok Equipment presents the latest in its first product - a side-roped hammock that sleeps you flat and lets you sit up.  Read More

The Runbell is designed to let runners alert walkers to their presence, without having to ...

Although some urban cyclists may think that bike bells are fussy and unnecessary, those of us who use them will tell you that they're much easier and less confrontational than yelling "On your left!" at pedestrians. Well, the Runbell is designed to let runners in on the bell action.  Read More

Beach Vault screws into the sand underneath your towel to keep your valuables out of sight

Tossing the e-reader and iPod in your bag can be a great way to enjoy a day at the beach, but when you add it to your wallet, keys and cell phone that's a lot of valuables to leave unattended when you head out for a swim. The solution, according to the designers of Beach Vault, is to bury them.  Read More

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