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Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo: 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds

German BMW performance manufacturer Alpina has released the new D3 Bi-Turbo, a more potent spin on the BMW 3 Series Sedan. The car hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds on its way to a 173 mph (278 km/h) top speed. Alpina reckons that's enough to make it the fastest diesel production car on the big blue ball we call home.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the new Sony SmartWatch 2

Does a more advanced smartwatch make for a better smartwatch? We considered the Samsung Galaxy Gear to be a barrier-pushing watch, with features like a camera, voice dictation, and phone calls. But then again, it's also only compatible with one phone at launch. Sony's newest SmartWatch, meanwhile, falls into the keep it simple, keep it compatible camp. Are rock-solid notifications and Android-wide compatibility enough? Let Gizmag try to help you answer that, as we review the Sony SmartWatch 2.  Read More

The Hammerhead is a bicycle navigation device that uses LEDs to indicate where riders shou...

It's becoming more and more common for cyclists to find their way around using navigation apps on bike-mounted smartphones ... but it's not a perfect setup. For one thing, those phones get shaken around a lot. Additionally, it's risky for cyclists to keep glancing down at the screen, plus keeping that screen constantly awake uses up a lot of battery life. The Hammerhead offers an alternative. It's a water- and shock-proof bar-mounted device that relays simple navigational cues via easy-to-see LEDs.  Read More

The Impromptu Tactical Pen is designed for danger, as a pen suitable for the police and ar...

While the chances of being caught up in a dangerous situation are thankfully low, having something about your person for such an eventuality isn't a bad idea. The Impromptu Tactical Pen from Gerber, with its glass-breaking steel tip, is one option for those who want to keep themselves safe. It is, as its name suggests, a simple writing implement with a hidden extra that could mean the difference between life and death.  Read More

It's only $2,000 each, when you think about it

Virgin has announced that work on Richard Branson's private residence on Necker Island is complete, with the house now ready to take its first bookings. So, if you fancied whisking yourself and 29 friends (plus six children) off to a tropical island in the North Atlantic (in the British Virgin Islands, obviously), you're in luck … if you can stretch to the asking price of US$60,000 per night, that is.  Read More

Autofamily House bears more than a little resemblance to a suburban version of Batman's Ba...

Far be it for we at Gizmag to inadvertently reveal the secret identity of a crime-fighting superhero, but let's just say that if Poland had its own version of the Dark Knight, then he'd probably live in this house. Featuring a subterranean car tunnel that runs under the garden and directly into the home, the Autofamily House bears more than a little resemblance to a suburban version of Batman's Batcave.  Read More

Not the TALOS combat suit (Photo: HarshLight)

The US Navy's top SEAL, four-star Admiral William McRaven, is pushing hard for a modern suit of armor called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). Though not exactly an Iron Man suit, it's that ballpark. As a result, a Broad Agency Announcement has now been issued seeking proposals and research in support of the design, construction, and testing of TALOS, with a basic version hopefully seeing service within three years.  Read More

Scott Carpenter on the phone with President John F Kennedy after the Aurora 7 mission (Ima...

Scott Carpenter, one of the last surviving Mercury 7 astronauts, has died at the age of 88. The second American to go into orbit and the fourth Mercury astronaut to travel into space, Carpenter is also remembered for his contributions to oceanography.  Read More

The BIG UltraHaptics system hardware, showing the phased array ultrasonic emitter and its ...

Holodeck, anyone? Researchers at Bristol University are developing a system known as UltraHaptics that uses ultrasonic force fields to project the tactile sensations of objects in midair. Currently used for a haptic computer interface, the system might eventually enable touchable holograms.  Read More

The US Department of Defense is pushing for the development of cheap, wearable systems tha...

Innovation is all about putting on the proverbial thinking cap. Now engineers are vying to produce an actual thinking cap – at least one that can measure the most rudimentary signals of thought. The US Department of Defense is pushing for the development of cheap, wearable systems that can detect the brain waves of people and display the data on smartphones or tablets.  Read More

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