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The Nyne Aqua is a floating, wireless stereo system (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

Last year's International CES (the 2014 show) was chock full of Bluetooth speakers, and one of the few that stood out from the pack was Nyne's floating, waterproof Aqua speaker. Gizmag has since had the chance to test one out and see if it truly sinks or swims.  Read More

The North45 scarf channels its wearer's breath out the bottom (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag)...

Last March, we first heard about the North45 scarf. Created by Canadian entrepreneur Dimitri Poliderakis, it's designed to keep winter sports enthusiasts' faces warm while simultaneously not causing their goggles to fog up – a feat that regular scarves often can't manage. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, it went on sale at the end of last winter. I got a chance to try one out this winter, and I can tell ya right now ... it works just as advertised.  Read More

KTM's 148-horsepower 1190 Adventure R is the most dirt-focused and extreme of all the larg...

KTM's Adventure 1198 R is probably the most extreme adventure motorcycle you can buy. At 148 horsepower, it's considerably more powerful than anything else in the big enduro market, and at 230 kg (507 lbs) with a tank of fuel, it's actually quite light for a big-bore adventure bike. Make no mistake though, it's an intimidating ride – particularly when you're a complete numpty on the dirt like our road bike specialist Loz Blain. Things get a bit hairy in our latest video motorcycle review. Enjoy!  Read More

KTM Adventure 1190 R: a true, 148-horsepower, dirt road superbike (Photo: Gizmag/Loz Blain...

KTM bills the 2015 1190 Adventure R as both "the world's safest motorcycle" and "without doubt the twin-cylinder enduro with the greatest offroad ability." Backing up the first claim is one of the first lean-angle sensitive Cornering ABS systems to hit the market, and backing up the second is a pair of big, tubeless spoked rims with aggressively knobby tyres on. In the right hands, this thing is a dune-destroying cross-continental touring weapon, a true superbike for the dirt. Loz Blain's hands are not the right hands; he's spent precious little time on the dirt – but he's always up for an Adventure...  Read More

Gizmag tests the Pico time-lapse smart controller (Photo: Simon Crisp/Gizmag.com)

Just as slow motion video is oddly compelling, there's something equally mesmerizing about watching things unfold faster than they should. Think clouds darting speedily across the sky, day quickly turning into night, or a flower blooming in a matter of seconds. Pico is a recently Kickstarter-funded, smartphone-controlled camera dongle designed to make shooting this sort of time-lapse footage easier. We go hands-on with a beta version to see what Pico can do, and what backers can expect.  Read More

Gizmag tries out the RoundFlash Ring and Dish  (Photo: Simon Crisp/Gizmag.com)

The RoundFlash Ring and Dish are a collapsible ring light soft-box and beauty dish that work with your speedlight and DSLR. Like the ring flashes used by fashion photographers, they produce a big round light which can be used to create shadowless images with distinctive circular catchlights. Join us as we review the affordable ring flash alternative to see whether it deserves a place in your kit bag.  Read More

Gizmag tries out the aerelight OLED lamp (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag)

While OLED technology is increasingly being applied to things like electronic gadget displays and TVs, it can also serve as an efficient and aesthetically-pleasing form of lighting. A number of companies have capitalized on this fact by marketing OLED lamps, although most of them are quite expensive – prices can range from around US$500 up into the thousands. Canada's OTI Lumionics, however, has developed its own cost-effective OLED lighting system, and incorporated it into the $239 aerelight. I recently got to try one out for myself.  Read More

The Danalock electronic lock installs over existing deadbolts and allows multiple users vi...

I’ve had a basic electronic lock on my door for a few months now, so when Poly-Control offered me the more sophisticated Bluetooth- and Z-Wave-enabled Danalock to review, I was curious to see what it could do. Danalock allows any existing deadbolt to be retrofitted into a system allowing multiple users different levels of access to one or multiple locks, and the Z-Wave compatibility allows incorporation into a larger home automation system. In practice, the promise of the sleek Danalock is slightly quenched by buggy iOS and Android apps, with features that simply don’t work, but the core of the lock still remains functional and appealing.  Read More

Loz and Noel take the Sea-Doo Spark for a run

The Sea-Doo Spark is by far the cheapest and least powerful jet ski you can buy. It's also much, much lighter than its competition, giving it a competitive power to weight ratio and some unique handling abilities. And it burns just over a tenth of the fuel the big boys do. Loz Blain and Noel McKeegan take it for a spin.  Read More

Togs let you keep a grip on your handlebar when riding with your thumbs on top (Photo: Ben...

Back in the 90s, a lot of mountain bikes sported handlebar end attachments – they provided the rider with more hand positions, plus they were claimed to increase leverage. Since then, bar ends have largely fallen out of favor. This has been partly because of concerns over them hooking onto things like trees, and partly just due to the whims of fashion. Now, however, a new product is attempting to bring back some of the attributes of bar ends, without their bulkiness or hooking hazards. They're called Togs, and I recently got to try a pair out.  Read More

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