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Look! Down on the lake … is it a boat, a plane … it's neither. It’s the “hoverwing”, a hovercraft that flies. New Zealand mechanic Rudy Heeman spent more than 11 years of his spare time (and tens of thousands of dollars) building the hoverwing, a wing-in-ground-effect vehicle that flies on a cushion of pressurized air created between the wing and the water's surface. Hoverwing can reach an optimum height is 1.5m (4-5ft) above the water and has a current top speed of 98kmh (61mph). Read More
Consumer cameras continue to shrink and now Sanyo has laid claim to the title of the world's smallest, thinnest and lightest Full HD consumer video camera with its new VPC-CS1. The camera is part of Sanyo’s Xacti line that includes a range of Dual cameras for capturing both video and still images. With its body measuring just 1.06-inches (2.7cm) thick the VPC-CS1 is slim enough to stick in your jeans pocket to ensure you’ll have a camera on hand to capture those unexpected video-worthy moments in glorious Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Read More
TricorBraun’s Oil Only Spray System is a new way to dispense pure cooking oil by using air rather than a propellant. It uses a special valve system and a unique actuator that is capable of atomizing 100% pure oil without the need for additives. So you still get all the benefits of a cooking oil spray without any unwanted chemicals. Read More
Ferrari has announced at the Geneva Motor Show that its California model is set to become the first supercar to offer the fuel and emissions-saving "Stop&Start" engine system. This cuts fuel consumption by six percent and reduces carbon dioxide emissions to 280g/km - a figure Ferrari says is less than some family cars currently on the road. The company has also unveiled a concept hybrid - the HY-KERS based on its 599 GTB Fiorano model. Read More
One of the best-known names in guitars, Gibson, has released a free iPhone download – the Gibson Guitar App. The App includes a standard metronome, a versatile tuner, chord charts and access to video lessons. Read More
Portable navigation company Mio has announced a new product at CeBIT 2010 which is set to further blur the boundaries between GPS navigation, entertainment and Internet devices - the Mio Moov V780. Not only will users be able to find their way around but with the flick of a finger they'll be able to scroll through photos, watch high definition videos or play their favorite music. There's even the option to view digital TV thanks to an integrated receiver. Read More
According to Gerhard Tevini from Krunk Surfing in Austria, surfers know the scenario all too well – the fins of your surfboard have to be screwed off when traveling or on the way to the waves. You hear the surf conditions are ideal so you race to the beach only to discover that you can’t find your screwdriver to attach your fins. Everyone else is in the water enjoying the best surf in a long time while you sit on the beach. So Tevini – with his engineering background – set about creating the Krunk Fin System (KFS), a tool-less system for attaching fins to a board. Read More
Renault took the wraps off a ripping pocket rocket at the Geneva Motor Show - just 3.83 meters long, the WIND transforms from coupé to roadster in 12 seconds, offering a sports car that’s practical enough for everyday use as it has a generous 270 dm3 VDA of boot space that is unaffected by the position of the roof. The Renault Wind will go on sale in Europe this summer with a choice of a 133 horsepower 16-valve 1.6 liter or a 100-horsepower 1.2-liter turbocharged engine. Read More
Last year Japanese company ZMP Inc delivered a 1/10 scale robot vehicle, the RoboCar, for use in researching autonomous movement. The car was equipped with features like stereo cameras with image recognition, WiFi communication, and a gyro sensor to name just a few. Now ZMP is stepping it up a notch pushing out the RoboCar G, which unlike its little brother you can actually ride. Read More
We’ve seen bikes with frames made out of aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, and even IsoTruss tubes, but bamboo? Well yes, actually, we saw some here in Gizmag just last May. Back then, we were looking at some fairly basic city bikes built by Brazilian designer Flavio Deslandes. This time around the bamboo bikes are decidedly higher-end creations, built by Californian designer Craig Calfee, of Calfee Design. Although these bikes are definitely high-end, he’s also working on using bamboo to provide employment and cheap transportation for the people of Ghana. Read More
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