2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Retro

The BASF MySetta project includes foam, paint and interior lining pulled from the company'...

It must get boring and lonely spending your days in a lab, mixing up slightly different plastics, epoxies and composites. Perhaps that's why BASF is making a push to get out in front of the world and show what these materials can really do. Prior to the Concept 1865 plastic bike, the German company updated a 1958 BMW Isetta "bubble car" with some of its materials and coatings. The car, which makes the Smart ForTwo look rather roomy, also gets a unique home entertainment system.  Read More

Modern e-bike engineering meets classic styling

Back in their earliest days, motorcycles were little more than bicycles with engines. Italian manufacturer Lampociclo is trying to bring that simple, timeless style back for the modern day e-bike market. Its bikes combine the latest technology with styling cues from a time gone by.  Read More

Fujifilm's INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic instant film camera

Fujifilm has just announced the latest in its line of INSTAX instant film cameras, the Mini 90 Neo Classic. Like some of its predecessors, it produces business card-sized prints that are ready moments after the shot has been taken. It also has a unique retro look, however, along with a couple of other new features.  Read More

Views of the front and back of a Postcard on the Run

As technology progresses, we're seeing more and more tangible objects being replaced by digital alternatives. Letters have given way to e-mails, paperbacks have become e-books, and postcards have become trip photos on Facebook. The fact is, though, people still like getting stuff. Postcard on the Run builds on that idea, allowing users to create and mail their own custom physical postcards, from anywhere.  Read More

A mix of 70’s Chrysler, current day Camaro and 60s Shelby Mustang

While the big American automakers continue to battle for market share in the muscle car segment, one boutique manufacturer in Michigan has developed its own interpretation of the genre. The Equus Bass 770 is an unashamed impersonator that mixes the old world and the new ... a muscle car with a taste for life's little luxuries.  Read More

Binatone's Brick mobile phone (Photo: Gizmag)

In what is surely the mobile phone handset story of the day, UK electronics company Binatone has unveiled the aptly named Brick (strictly speaking, The Brick) mobile phone which boasts up to 3 months of standby time, 28 hours of talk time and an integrated flashlight, all wrapped up in an extremely compact form factor … for 1991.  Read More

The Crossbow features mechanical movement and wireless connectivity

Geneva-based Hyetis is reaching out to tech lovers with a new timepiece that brings Switzerland’s tradition in watch-making together with digital technology. The company’s upcoming “smartwatch” is a combo of traditional and techie features that strikes a balance between nostalgia and the contemporary taste for connectivity.  Read More

The Shelby Cobra 427 'ride on' travels at speeds of up to 5 mph (8 km/h)

If you want your child to gain an appreciation for custom automotive bodywork, the Toyota Camette concept was designed with you in mind. But if you want your child to develop a connoisseur-like appreciation of classic cars, you might want to step up to the new child-size Shelby Cobra 427.  Read More

The Classic TV is for those who want a bit of retro with their digital

If you’re old enough to remember rabbit ears, you've probably told your kids how hard you had it because your old television had dials. Now LG Electronics is bringing back a whiff of those ancient days with its distinctly retro Classic TV (Model 32LN630R). The South Korean electronics firm didn't just swap out the ubiquitous black case for creamy white, the company also added real channel and volume knobs to appeal to those more interested in classic Scandinavian style rather than bleeding-edge design.  Read More

The recently-unveiled Datsun GO

Back in 1986, the Nissan Motor Company phased out the Datsun brand name, after having owned that company since 1934. Last year, however, Nissan announced that it would be reviving the name for a new line of economy vehicles. This month, the first of those cars was unveiled in Delhi, India – the Datsun GO.  Read More

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