City managers in Hangzhou, China have turned to a new generation of “smart” manhole covers in an all-out effort to counter a rash of thefts by metal salvagers. The high-tech covers feature electronic tags that act as both silent alarms and tracking devices should a cover be removed without proper authorization.
Since 1994 Ward's AutoWorld magazine has published an annual list of the ten "best" automobile engines available in the U.S. market. The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines listing rates engines according to their power and torque, noise vibration and harshness (NVH), and their overall level of technical innovation.
by Laurie Kay Olson
There are just times, for whatever reason, you just have to wash out a few things by hand. This is not always the easiest chore to accomplish efficiently. That is until the Scrubba Wash Bag came onto the market. It is billed as the world's smallest washing machine. It is ideal for use both at home and on the road, and is completely portable. It is foldable and weighs just 5 ounces.
Modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador, the Lishidedidong Urban Supercar (yes, that is its real name) might look a lot more exciting than most entry-level electric cars but its beauty is only skin deep.
Drivers in the Ukraine have stumbled upon a cheap way to repair bullet-blasted vehicles. All it takes is a handful of pocket change, a glue gun and plenty of camouflage paint. Mind you, it helps to have survived the attack in the first place.
Did you know Mercedes' new C-Class cars contain over 40 lbs of hemp? It's true, man, and (unless you're trafficking) you won't find it in the trunk. Since 2002 automakers such as Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo and more have incorporated hemp-based components in their vehicles. Even bike, boat and plane designers are getting in on the action. Makes you wonder just what those dudes are smoking.
by Josiah Motley
Everything is becoming "smart." Everything. You name it and I'll bet there is a smart version of it. Obviously, it started with the phone and has worked its way into every part of society. If there is a way to make it "smarter," you can bet someone has done it or is working on doing it. The latest player in this new, smart world is the Fogo Ultimate Adventure Gadget, a flashlight that is intelligent, I mean smart. Yes, smart.
by Kim Patterson
The Pacif-i can monitor your child’s health, keep track of your tot's location and can also help you find it if your precious little decides to stash it away in a secret location.
A bright yellow MINI seen navigating the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing, China displayed a curious warning to fellow commuters in the form of a handmade rear window sign reading “New Driver – Woman”.
Nissan is testing an innovative new luminescent paint on their Leaf EV that's powered by nothing more than sunlight. The durable, organic Starpath coating absorbs UV radiation from sunlight, allowing the car's paint to glow for up to ten hours after sundown.
The Snow Crawler snowmobile concept from Polish designer Michal Bonikowski not only traverses wintry environments, it protects them as well thanks to an all-electric, environmentally friendly powertrain.
You'll wonder where the yellow (and red, orange or green) went thanks to an optional camouflage net car cover designed for the new 2015 Vauxhall Corsa. The British carmaker describes the net as an “essential accessory” that could save owners of brightly-colored Vauxhalls from being accused of “ruining” tourist snapshots of national historic sites.
The innovative Salamander Concept trike from Philippines-based H2O Technologies was designed for regions subject to frequent flooding... the Philippines, for example. Two three-wheeled prototypes powered by gasoline and electricity respectively demonstrate the company's technology while retail sales could begin as early as 2016.
by M Dee Dubroff
Are you always cold when everyone around you is hot and vice versa? Personalized temperature control is now in the hands of the wearer of this amazing high-tech jacket. Read on to learn more.
When a team of artists in Chengdu, China laid down a most tasteful mosaic in front of an upscale shopping mall, they eschewed the use of tinted tiles in favor of colorful candy... a jaw-breaking 19 tons of sweets in total!