Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Portable

The Hey Joe travel mug brews coffee on demand, a heating plate keeping the beverage warm u...

With portable espresso machines, French press mugs and other brewing gadgets percolating up all over the place and coffee shops on every second street corner, you'd be forgiven for wondering, does procuring a cup need to be any more convenient? For a pair of Atlanta-based entrepreneurs, the answer is, yes, which is why they developed the Hey Joe mug that can prepare a brew on demand, meaning a fresh cup of coffee is only ever a push of a button away.  Read More

The JamHub Tracker MT16 Wi-Fi-enabled multitrack recorder

Ahead of Nashville's Summer NAMM in July, JamHub Corp. has announced that it is now shipping the Tracker MT16 Wi-Fi-enabled multitrack recorder. The portable device is designed to allow musicians to capture up to 16 channels of post-trim, pre-fader, CD-quality recordings of live performances straight from the mixing desk, and wirelessly upload the files to the cloud for post production and release.  Read More

The flexible supercapacitor composed of graphene and carbon nanotubes (Photo: Dr.Dingshan ...

An international team of researchers has developed a supercapacitor composed of graphene and carbon nanotubes that is claimed flexible enough to be woven into clothing and potentially powerful enough to offer a real alternative to batteries for use in portable devices. Capable of being charged and discharged in excess of 10,000 cycles, the new supercapacitor also promises to be significantly lighter, faster to charge, and more robust than current battery technology.  Read More

The Windpax wind turbine system can be set up in less than two minutes and mounted on a nu...

Keeping mobile electronic devices powered up can be difficult for the modern camper and hiker. Generating power from Mother Nature in the form of wind and sun is the preferred option for many, with a number of portable solar and wind generators emerging to fill this need. The latest is Windpax, a collapsible, portable wind turbine system designed to not take up too much space in a backpack.  Read More

The Mobile Authentication via Retina Scanner (MARS) prototype is compact and portable (Pho...

Retinal scans have a lot going for them as a form of identification. You can’t forget your retinas, they're unique, they’re a lot harder to steal than passwords, and Captain Kirk uses them. The problem is, the technology needed to run a reliable retinal scan is often bulky, expensive, and hard to use. Scientists at the Dresden-based Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) have shrunk down retinal scanning technology in the hopes of making retinal scans a more widespread identification technology.  Read More

The LinearFlux LithiumCard is a credit card-sized portable charger

Running out of phone battery is a pain, but lots of portable chargers simply aren't portable enough. Not only is LinearFlux's upcoming LithiumCard charger about the size of a credit card, it promises to charge phones at a rate of one percent per minute. Gizmag took a look to see if it lives up to the hype.  Read More

LinearFlux's new credit-card-sized LithiumCard portable charger

There are plenty of portable phone chargers around, but often they are too bulky or too slow. US-based LinearFlux has tried to address both of those issues with its new LithiumCard charger. It's a credit-card sized device that can deliver a 1 percent increase in battery life per minute.  Read More

Zuta Labs has created a mini robotic portable printer

A portable robotic printer that works by traveling across the surface of a piece of paper is well on its way to reaching its US$400,000 Kickstarter target. Designed by Israel's Zuta Labs, the device is intended to provide users with a means of printing on the go.  Read More

Roland's new Cube Street EX portable amp

Roland has give its lightweight, battery-powered Cube Street amp from 2007 a powerful upgrade in the shape of the Street EX portable busking amp. Where the original featured two 2.5 W Neodymium speakers and promised 15 hours of use from six AA-sized batteries, the EX has two woofers and two tweeters for up to 50 W of output oomph, and can stay on the street for up to 20 hours on battery power.  Read More

Braven's new BRV-X outdoor wireless speaker

Braven has announced the immediate availability of an adventure-proof high definition wireless speaker system that could be deserving of a place in the rugged section of our recent round-up of Bluetooth speakers. First announced at CES back in January, the BRV-X outdoor speaker is the bigger brother of the BRV-1 that impressed us back in January 2013, has a built-in battery that can be used to charge other portable devices, and is described by the company as "the tank of mobile speakers."  Read More

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