Top 10 sporty concept cars of 2014

Automotive
Top 10 sporty concept cars of 2014
Over the course of 2014, we've seen countless concept cars. Many of those concept cars have been ultra-powerful, aero-optimized sports cars ready to define a new generation of exotics. Here are our choices for the best of the best of 2014. read more
Home Entertainment
Review: Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon entered the battle for living room when it launched its Fire TV set-top box earlier this year, and more recently it launched the Fire TV Stick to compete with the Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick. Here's our hands-on look at how it performs and how it stacks up against the competitors. read more
Health and Wellbeing
Review: Varidesk Pro Plus – the $350, spring loaded sitting/standing desk
The Varidesk Pro Plus costs just US$350, fits two monitors, has a separate lower level for your keyboard and mouse, and quickly adjusts from sitting to standing position with spring-loaded ease. We've just picked up half a dozen for the Gizmag office. read more
Space
Plastic phantom shows space travel may be safer than thought
A European Space Agency experiment aboard the International Space Station suggests that space travelers may have less to worry about when it comes to radiation ... thanks to a phantom. read more
Environment
Record efficiency for converting solar energy to hydrogen without rare metals
Scientists from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have created a solar water splitting technique that uses common materials. They have also achieved a record solar energy to hydrogen conversion efficiency of 12.3% in the process. read more
Automotive
Italian coachbuilders reboot the Willys Interlagos
Coachbuilding firms Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti have collaborated to revive the Willys Interlagos. The gorgeous reinterpretation of the 1960s sportscar's features a turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 610 hp. read more
Electronics
Wireless sensor alerts your smartphone as food begins to spoil
Chemists at MIT have been working on a wireless, inexpensive sensor that, among other things, identifies spoiled food early by detecting gases in the air. It then shares its data with a smartphone, potentially alerting users to that soon-to-be moldy fruit in the bottom of the fridge. read more
Bicycles
Goldgenie's US$390,000, 24 karat gold-plated bicycle
Goldgenie's team of undeniably talented artisans have taken what appears to be a Giant Defy 3 aluminum framed road bike (RRP US$1049) and gold plated more or less the whole damn thing, from the tips of the handlebars, to the spokes, to the derailleur, chain and every single cog on the gear clusters. read more
Wearable Electronics
Samsung Gear VR headset now available in US
Remember when we got some eyes-on time with Samsung's Oculus-powered VR headset earlier this year? Well, the Gear VR is now on sale in the US, though the company is making it clear that this is a product for early adopters and developers, not yet ready for prime time. read more
Inventors and Remarkable People
Release of collected papers of Albert Einstein give insight into a genius
Albert Einstein will be forever remembered for his famous E=mc2 formula, but there was much more to the man than this. To show this, Princeton University has now released an online archive of his documents spanning the years 1897 - 1923 that provides much insight into the man and his life. read more
Aircraft
Adorama launches camera drone
One of the world's largest photographic retailers is now getting into the camera-equipped drone market, with Adorama announcing its Aries Blackbird X10 quadcopter. Among other things, it shoots 1080p/30fps video, captures 16-megapixel stills, and has a flight time of 25 minutes. read more
Science
UAVs could map the bottom of the sea, using new lidar tech
When an organization sets out to map the sea floor, it will typically use a device known as a bathymetric lidar. A team at Georgia Tech has now developed a cost-effective new system that they claim could lead to much smaller, more efficient bathymetric lidars, capable of being carried by a UAV. read more
Bicycles
COBI is designed to make any bike "smart"
Smart bikes are (usually) human-powered bikes with built-in electronic systems that perform functions such as navigation, theft deterrence and directional lighting. iCradle's COBI system is designed to convert a traditional bicycle into such a bike. read more
Wearable Electronics
Cicret wristband turns your arm into a touch screen
With wearables gaining some traction, smartphones and tablets are by no means the only mobile devices around nowadays. Now, though, Cicret is looking to take things a step farther and turn your arm into a smartphone. read more
Wearable Electronics
Uno Noteband puts speed reading on your wrist
The Uno Noteband is the first wearable to make use of Spritz, a technology that aims to increase reading speed by showing individual words in quick succession. It connects via Bluetooth to Android and iOS devices, offering notifications, fitness tracking and (allegedly) long battery life. read more
Architecture
Austrian house swallowed up by larger new wooden exterior
When houses are extended, it's generally the case that an additional section is simply added on to one part of the building. A house in Austria, however, has had an entirely new exterior built around it. The existing building of Haus Hohlen is now part of the house's interior. read more
Digital Cameras
WaterWeight stabilizes your camera gear using water
WaterWeight is a sandbag alternative designed to help stabilize a camera tripod or lighting stand. Because the donut-shaped bag only needs to be filled with water when you're using it, it can be carried to shoots in its empty light-weight form. read more


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