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The Soundracer VX plugs into your cigarette lighter and lets you choose between half a doz...

Our original look at the SoundRacer became one of Gizmag's most popular videos ever, and it’s easy to see why. Plug a SoundRacer into your quiet, responsible family car, and suddenly the engine sounds like a race-tuned V8 monster – at least, inside the car. Now, SoundRacer is raising money for the SoundRacer VX, which carries a bunch of different engine sounds and lets you choose between them on the fly.  Read More

BikeHUD Adventure - a significant step forward for BikeHUD

When we reviewed Bikesystems' BikeHUD motorcycle heads-up display earlier this year, we had two big problems with it. We weren’t impressed with the chunky "monocle" unit that sits inside your helmet, and we didn’t like the tangle of wires between the HUD and its on-bike componentry. But BikeHUD was always a product in development, and now the company is moving to fix both those problems with BikeHUD Adventure, a thin, transparent display that can run wirelessly off a smartphone, or hook into a fuller in-bike installation to give you extra functionality like live rear view camera and front/rear video recording.  Read More

Fugu Luggage goes from carry-on to check-in size thanks to its inflatable side walls

Many travelers will have faced the problem of the carry-on luggage that was big enough when embarking on a trip, but fell well short on carrying capacity for the return journey thanks to the addition of souvenirs, bargains and gifts for loved ones. Fugu Luggage avoids the need to shell out for an extra suitcase to fit all that extra gear by expanding from a maximum carry-on size to check-in size suitcase in under a minute.  Read More

Rendering of Lunar Mission One lander

Another private space exploration venture is under way with the British-led Lunar Mission One announcing plans to send an unmanned robotic landing module to the South Pole of the Moon. Initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the non-profit organization hopes to drill ten times deeper into the lunar surface than has ever previously been attempted and use the borehole to store a giant digital time capsule of human knowledge.  Read More

Archt One delivers even, omnidirectional sound (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

Last month, Gizmag reported on the Archt One (pronounced "ark-one") Kickstarter kick-off and its promise to fill a room with consistent, high quality omnidirectional sound via its warhead-shaped wireless speaker. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out a demo unit at home for a few days to see if the Archt keeps its promise.  Read More

The Pantelligent pan and its app

Cooking can be hard. The team at Pantelligent are aiming to make the process a little easier, though, by allowing users to connect their "smart" frying pan to a smartphone to monitor temperature and cook time ... taking the guesswork out of pan cooking.  Read More

The wearable DynePod

American startup Dynepic understands something every small child does: toys can, and do, talk to each other. And you can talk to them, too. Dynepic is aiming to develop an "Internet of Toys" architecture where toys and their controlling devices – the DynePods – are connected and controllable via an open source cloud system which can be programmed from an iPad.  Read More

The SnapJet creates instant prints by scanning a smartphone's display

Say what you will about the low cost and easy sharability of digital photos, sometimes it's nice to have an actual physical print that you can hold onto or tack up. That said, you likely don't want to carry an instant camera with you everywhere you go. Well, that's where the SnapJet comes in. It's a small device that scans a photo displayed on your smartphone's screen, and reproduces it on Polaroid or Fuji film.  Read More

Wrap turns an entire desktop into a dry erase board

Dry erase boards are a great way to jot down ideas, schedules, or anything else that's going to be temporary. Wrap aims to take that concept and apply it to an entire desktop, but without requiring users to purchase an entire new desk. Instead, it simply covers the top of an existing one.  Read More

The Mind4 drone takes a different approach to tracking athletes from above

Among the swarm of consumer drones to emerge this year, a number have been aimed squarely at action sports devotees. What defines these vehicles is a tracking feature that enables the drone to autonomously follow athletes from above, but these generally require the user to carry a smartphone to communicate their GPS position. Streaming from a built-in camera to a smartphone app, the Mind4 drone instead allows users to select any object to follow onscreen, a feature that could lead to new possibilities in aerial drone photography.  Read More

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