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Friday, August 12, 2016

New Atlas

Gizmag is now New Atlas:  Why we changed our name
After a year and a half of anticipation, we have a Microsoft HoloLens dev kit in house. Our first impressions paint an exciting picture of a future AR landscape.  Read more
Solar chargers are one means of keeping a smartphone charged when in remote locations, but they're dependant on hours of daylight and sunlight intensity. Portable turbines are an alternative and product designer Nils Ferber has created one he says is more portable and effective than any other.   Read more
Tepui is on a mission to get people up off the ground and sleeping on top of their cars and trucks. Its latest product line should only help. The light, versatile Baja Series provides three interchangeable fabric options, giving campers year-round comfort.   Read more
Science and technology which imitates phenomena from the living natural world have featured in these pages from the beginning. Here, New Atlas takes a look at some of the strangest and most highly-evolved fauna to inspire science and technology.   Read more
The new Taxa Outdoors WoollyBear hits the market as one of the slimmest, simplest camping trailers out there. But that doesn't mean it's light on fun or features, preparing campers for a few days of outdoor adventure and comfortable camping.   Read more
Most Bluetooth speakers aren't meant to be showy in themselves, but the Fireside Audiobox is designed to be the centerpiece of a room or a party. This Bluetooth speaker pulses fire to the rhythm of your music.   Read more
Yamaha has introduced a fuel-saving stop/start system on its new Janus scooter, a 125cc, slightly retro scoot weighing 97 kg and targeted at female riders in the Vietnamese market, where a massive 2.85 million motorcycles and scoots are sold per year.   Read more
When the Fisker Karma launched in 2011, it instantly turned heads. Unfortunately, the financial realities of mass production killed the car before it could truly make an impact. Now, thanks to a fresh injection of Chinese cash, the Karma is back. Thankfully, it looks just as good as ever.​   Read more
A British coder has bodged together a virtual reality cycle tour from one end of the UK to the other, using a Gear VR headset, an exercise bike, and panoramic images from Google Street View. He's halfway through the world's first long distance VR bike ride.   Read more
Unlike cars, motorbikes can topple over fairly easily, making the daily commute a riskier proposition than it would be in a four-wheeled vehicle. The fully-electric EV3 iTank splits the difference, using a three-wheeled setup to offer a more stable, silent ride through traffic.   Read more
The universe is some 13.8 billion years old and the Earth has only been around for 4.5 billion of those years, so it seems there's a fair chance that much older lifeforms than ours are out there somewhere. Not so fast ...   Read more
​​There are plenty of animals that are pretty good at hanging around, but a new study has revealed that the enigmatic Greenland shark to be the longest-living vertebrate on Earth, with one specimen estimated to be a whopping 392 years of age. ​​  Read more
It's not only bicycles that are getting smarter. The latest smart cycling accessory on its way to streets, the Coros Linx smart helmet pulls those irritating, dangerous earbuds out of the cyclist's ears, using bone conduction for music play, hands-free calling and other audio features.   Read more
​​According to computer modelling, the planet Venus could have once been habitable, hosting a shallow-water ocean, and surface temperatures hospitable to life.   Read more
​The bizarre-looking goblin shark lives at great depths, where prey isn't always plentiful. So, how does it manage to catch enough to eat? As scientists recently discovered, it's able to shoot its protruding jaws forward faster than any other fish.​   Read more
​While most of us may just associate mistletoe with Christmas parties, the fact is that the parasitic plant can be a nuisance in the wild. That's why scientists are taking the offensive, with a system that shoots herbicide up into trees' high branches.​   Read more
The Escapade tiny house, by Baluchon, is a lightweight and contemporary-styled tiny house that sleeps up to two people. It's sold as a turnkey model and costs €42,500 (roughly US$47,500).   Read more
​A bar, club or community space favorite, table soccer is fast and fun for players of all ages. But if you don't have enough players to get in on the spin action, a table at EFPL may help. The blue shirts are controlled by human players, while robotics powers the whites. And the robots are winning.   Read more
A new banking headquarters in Lebanon is set to be both visually striking and community-focused. In addition, the misshapen ​chequered façade ​of the Banque Libano Francaise (BLF) building will actually help to keep the temperature inside comfortable.   Read more
Every year, after Samsung releases its latest Galaxy Note​, there's a brief period where the Note is the beneficiary of loads of unfair comparisons. That time is now: Let's compare the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with the 2015 iPhone 6s Plus​.   Read more
There may be a time in the United Arab Emirates that floating homes become passé, but that time doesn't appear to be now. Following the Floating Seahorse and the Waterlovt, New Living on Water is the latest outfit to offer a luxury waterborne residence.   Read more
​Horror games are often scarier in VR, but now it can help people face a different type of fear: public speaking. Picturing the audience in their underwear doesn’t help much, so the company’s Gear VR app, Speech Center VR, helps people feel more confident in front of a crowd.  Read more
Phone cameras these days are certainly impressive, but what's more impressive, is how easily augmented they are. With this Universal 3-in-1 Clip-On Lens Kit, you can dramatically improve the quality and capabilities of your phone's camera in just seconds. It's as simple as clipping either a 180 degree fish eye, wide-angle, or macro lens on to your device and snapping away!   Read more