Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Modular

The Hydra assembles into a full board in about a minute

Many a would-be paddleboarder is dissuaded from ever getting onto the water by the heavy, enormous size of the boards, which typically measure 9.5 to 12.5 feet (2.9 to 3.8 m) in length. This bulk makes the paddleboard difficult to transport and store, especially when dealing with the small cars, public transportation and tight apartments of city living. To help get more boarders on the water, Corran Addison Paddleboards has developed a three-piece board that packs into a roller case for easy transport and storage.  Read More

The Sofista is a modular sofa that turns from a basic couch into three separate seats

Anyone who has found themselves living in a studio, or any kind of small place, has probably been faced with furniture issues. How does one have enough seating for friends, while actually have floor space to walk around? For many, modular furniture is a great answer, as it has a smaller footprint in one state, but can be expanded for additional seating in another. That's just what the Fabrizio Simonetti designed Sofista does.  Read More

The B-And-Bee, by Belgian company Achilles Design (Photo: B-And-Bee)

Each year, millions of people head to their festival of choice with tent and sleeping bag in hand. Belgian company Achilles Design aims to bring those festival goers a little extra comfort – and save space too – with its honeycomb-shaped B-And-Bee shelter.  Read More

The C-Bird VSAT provides an inexpensive 'always on' internet link for ships

Even as engineers work on autonomous ship-handling technologies, skilled and experienced crews are still vital for keeping shipping lines operating. The only snag is that most sailors today have become so used to never being out of touch that they've come to expect similar connectivity while at sea. To help maintain morale and retain skilled crews, Maritime Broadband has developed its C-Bird Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite transceiver to keep sailors connected with their families and the internet.  Read More

Casa Futebol would see pre-fabricated homes installed in Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums

Brazil spent around US$4 billion renovating and constructing its stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But with the excitement of hosting the globe's biggest sporting event now having passed, one awkward, but important question remains. What to do with all that infrastructure? Drawing inspiration from the social issues plaguing much of the publicity around the event, a pair of French architects have developed a proposal to re-invent the structures as complexes for low-cost housing.  Read More

The Tail Feather MINI camper is available now for $2,500

The Teal Tail Feather camper offers a mix of versatility and affordability that few competitors can match. Still, Teal hasn't stopped innovating and dropping prices just yet. The company has just launched a small, pop-top camper kit with a price of US$2,500. Like the original Tail Feather, the Tail Feather MINI 8.4 is a modular camper that assembles inside a standard utility trailer.  Read More

Ariel's Ace platform, here shown as a black bobber-style cruiser with girder-style front s...

Ariel, maker of the wild Atom sportscar, has just announced the Ace, a fully configurable motorcycle system based around a gorgeous billet frame and the Honda VFR1200 engine. It looks absolutely stunning, and it can be specified as anything from a cruiser, to a nakedbike, to a fully faired supersports machine – and altered endlessly after purchase. A fascinating concept, and the execution looks peerless.  Read More

Artist's concept of Duke Airborne Systems’ Robotic Weapon System (RWS) in action

When we hear about military robots, it usually evokes images of Terminator-like killing machines, but it can also mean robotic systems designed to help soldiers concentrate on the job at hand. Case in point is Israel-based Duke Airborne Systems’ Robotic Weapon System (RWS). Unveiled at the Eurosatory defense industry show in Paris, the system billed as a “first-of-its-kind” is a concealable robotic gunnery module that allows utility helicopters to fly into hostile territory without an armed escort.  Read More

The Compact Shelter designed by Alastair Pryor pops up and down in less than two minutes

Young Australian humanitarian and social entrepreneur, Alastair Pryor has created a foldable crisis relief shelter for disaster victims and the housing displaced. Dubbed Compact Shelter, the portable dwelling boasts an innovative design that is simple to use, collapsible and lightweight. What's more it pops up and down in less than two minutes  Read More

The Crossfire Pro modular business tablet from Entegra Technologies

Entegra Technologies out of Plano, Texas, is now taking order for a new rugged business tablet that's designed to adapt to the constantly changing needs of the mobile workforce, commercial enterprise, the military and utilities sectors. Users can snap on a carry handle or back straps, attach a trackpad-packing keyboard or kickstand, or park the Crossfire Pro in a desk, vehicle or retail dock. Different modules can be installed to ramp up processing power, change the operating system, add NFC capabilities or fingerprint scanning, or incorporate a bar code scanner.  Read More

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