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The X5 Security Plus is rated to VR6 for ballistic protection

Earlier this month, Mercedes revealed its S600 Guard armored car. BMW has now followed suit by using Moscow’s International Auto Salon to launch the new X5 Security Plus, an armored version of the X5 SUV designed to protect customers against "violent assault, kidnapping and organized crime."  Read More

The Leif skateboard brings electric-powered 'snowboarding' to the streets

Since we began covering new technology and hardware in 2002, one of the most prevailing trends in sports has been the skateboard that rides more like a snowboard/surfboard. Apparently no one has gotten it quite right (or there's a good deal of money to be made), because it pops up again and again, going back so far as the StreetCarver from none other than BMW, right through recent designs like Swing Blade and Lean Board. Another major skateboard trend during that time has been the electrified skateboard, exemplified by products like the Marbel Board and Yuneec E-Go. The all-new Leif skateboard digs a niche between those two categories by offering a snowboard-inspired ride that's sharpened by an electric driveline. Call it an electric snowboard for the streets.  Read More

Lockheed Martin is providing the US Navy with two Fortis exoskeletons

Move over, Tony Stark; the US Navy is going Iron Man. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) has ordered a pair of Fortis exoskeletons from Lockheed Martin for testing and evaluation. The unpowered exoskeletons won’t give sailors superhuman strength, but they will allow them to handle heavy equipment for longer periods with less fatigue.  Read More

The Sony KW1 looks like a perfume bottle, but acts like a camera

The newly announced Sony KW1 is about as quirky as cameras get. Not only is the selfie-centric shooter designed to look like a perfume bottle, but it also comes loaded with features to make its users look more attractive in their photographs. There's also a 180 degree rotating lens and built-in Wi-Fi for the instant sharing of those digitally enhanced selfies.  Read More

The NEVS Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle is fitted with a 100 kW electric motor

Renowned for safe, quirky cars, Saab has been handballed between owners in recent years, where financial troubles have kept us wondering whether it will ever return to the glory days. National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is certainly hoping for a big turnaround. Having secured Saab in 2012, the company has been producing ICE-powered Saab 9-3's for Sweden and China. But the new owner also has big electric goals, and wants to take electric Saabs to the growing Chinese market.  Read More

LG has begun presales for its 4K OLED TV

Having beaten rival Samsung to market with its Full HD Curved OLED TV last year, LG has again gone one up on its countrymate by commencing presales of the first OLED TV with 4K resolution. Launching in 65-inch and 77-inch models, the UltraHD display boasts 33 million sub-pixels across a curved screen, flagging the company's intentions for the next generation of display technology.  Read More

Ro-Ad Architects has designed a floating bridge at Ravelijn fortress

You could be forgiven for expecting a bridge to rise above the water over which it is intended to span. A new bridge in the Netherlands, however, takes a different approach. The Ravelijn Bridge floats on top of the water, providing access to and from the Ravelijn fortress-island.  Read More

Researchers at Michigan State University claim to have a solar collector so clear that it ...

Researchers working at Michigan State University have created a completely transparent solar collector which is so clear that it could replace conventional glass in windows. The new devices – dubbed transparent luminescent solar concentrators – have the potential to not only turn windows into solar electric generators, but the screens of smartphones, vehicle glazing, and almost anything else that has a see-through surface.  Read More

The Stanford University water splitter could save hydrogen producers billions of dollars (...

A new emissions-free device created by scientists at Stanford University uses an ordinary 1.5-volt battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen at room temperature, potentially providing a low-cost method to power fuel cells in zero-emissions vehicles and buildings.  Read More

The Leica M-P a discreet variation of the M camera which lacks the iconic red dot

Leica has announced the launch of the M-P rangefinder camera. The new model improves on the original Leica M by featuring a bigger buffer, a sapphire glass display-cover, and a frame selection lever for subject framing. The German firm has also opted to make the M-P more discreet by omitting the iconic red dot.  Read More

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