JBL Authentic L16

JBL Authentic L16

Blending acoustic heritage with modern wireless performance, JBL announces the latest entry to its Authentic series with the L16 wireless speaker.

Designed with a retro-styled walnut-veneered housing and removable grill, the L16’s timeless aesthetic sits well in just about any interior setting. Pairing its appearance with six 50W amplifiers driving six internal speakers, this device delivers exceptional sound quality by wirelessly connecting through AirPlay, DNLA and Bluetooth supported devices.

This model is also the first to boast the HARMAN Signal Doctor which restores the details lost in today’s compressed music files. Lastly, JBL brings classic analog, optical and phono preamp integration to the L16. The JBL Authentic L16 is currently available for pre-order here with a price tag hovering around $1,000 USD.

Google’s Smart Contact Lens


Google Glass has yet to reach the market but Google is already working on its latest wearable technology with a new smart contact lens in development. Primarily designed for medical applications for now, the new lens is made up of two layers of “biocompatible” lens material with a wireless chip, antenna, and a sensor sandwiched in between.

The sensor is designed to measure glucose levels in the wearer’s tears, giving diabetics an easier and less intrusive way to monitor their condition. At present, Google is hoping to secure support from partners with more experience in the medical market as well as the FDA to ensure development goes smoothly.

First 3-D Printed Titanium Bicycle

Renishaw Titanium bike mx6evo

Titanium is a  low density and high strength, low weight material, perfect for bikes. But, the metal alloy is very expensive. Could a 3-d printed version lower the price of admission?

Renishaw, an additive manufacturing firm, joined forces with Empire Cycles to build the one-off titanium MX-6 Evo mountain bike. Empire already offers a production aluminum version of the MX-6.

The frame was built using an AM250 laser melting machine manufactured by Renishaw. In the build process, a high-power ytterbium fibre laser was used to selectively fuse together particles of a titanium alloy powder. Layers of those fused-together particles were built up one upon the other, to form the finished sections of the frame. Those sections were then bonded together using an adhesive.

Apple’s Next 30 Years

mac 30 years

After celebrating the 30th anniversary of the MacintoshApple looks to the next three decades with its brand new short film “1.24.14.”

Shot on iPhones all across the globe in a single day, the piece highlights the fulfillment of the Mac’s promise back in 1984: to put technology in the hands of the people. Stay tuned for more from Apple throughout the year as rumors suggest everything from an updated Apple TV to a redesigned – and larger – iPad and the tech giant’s very own 4K Ultra-HD television could be on the way to consumers in the very near future.

Microsoft’s New CEO


Long rumored, Satya Nadella’s appointment as Microsoft‘s new CEO is now official. Credited with the growth of Microsoft Business Services – whose revenue has increased from $1.5 billion USD to over $5 billion USD in just five year’s time – and leading the company in the direction of cloud services with a focus on products like the Xbox, Microsoft Office and Bing, Nadella now leaves his position of Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise for both CEO and a role on the Board of Directors – a move that’s expected to coincide with increased involvement from founder Bill Gates. In looking forward, Nadella stated in an internal email to Microsoft employees:

I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.

Facebook Paper


At the heart of it, Facebook has turned into a kind of news site for friends. The problem is, a lot of people’s friends are boring, leaving the Facebook news feed roundup feeling more like a bad habit than an actual beneficial experience. Recognizing this, Mark Zuckerberg’s triumphant tech behemoth is set to embark on its newest chapter: Facebook Paper.

Fujifilm X-T1


Fujifilm has finally debuted its upcoming X-T1 mirrorless camera. The successor to Fujifilm’s X-E2, the X-T1 boasts a weather-sealed, die-cast magnesium body and houses an APS-C 16.3 megapixel sensor. In lieu of traditional digital viewfinders, the X-T1 comes with an OLED viewfinder with a lag of just .005 for a more lifelike experience.

Designed to appeal to photographer who find themselves in the outdoors often, the camera is designed to keep out water and dirt and can operate at temperatures as low as -10°C. Sturdy design aside, the camera includes built-in WiFi and smartphone connectivity for remote controlling. The X-T1 will be launching mid-February with a starting price of $1,299 USD for just the body.



For those on the market for a mobile storage device to expand the limited capacity of their iPad (or any mobile devices for that matter) the LaCie Fuel is a viable option.

Physically, the drive looks something like a cross between a standard external hard drive and a DVD drive – somewhere between the two in size.  With just one port, a Micro-USB 3.0 port, the port can be used for charging with the included USB cable and power adapter, or to connect the device to a computer. When connected to a computer, apart from charging, the Fuel will now work as a portable bus-powered hard drive.

Epson Second Gen Moverio Glasses


Epson has announced the follow up to its Moverio BT-100 augmented reality glasses, which were released in Japan towards the end of 2011. The BT-200 smart glasses are reported to be 60 percent lighter than the previous generation, and include a host of new features aimed at changing how customers experience the world at large, and delivered entertainment.

The Moverio BT-200 is a system comprising two parts – the glasses and a control unit. The glasses feature a tiny LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide installed left and right, which project digital content onto a transparent virtual display at 960 x 540 resolution in the center if the wearer's field of view. The system is set up so that other folks can't see what's on the user's virtual 16:9 aspect screen.

Ninja Sphere


Wouldn't it be nice to have a digital house elf that handles the operation of all your various electronic devices? That's what the Ninja Sphere aims to be, a one stop intelligent hub designed to add your various household devices to the Internet of Things. Like other home automation systems, such asRevolv, Ninja Sphere can monitor and allow the remote control of connected devices, but offers expanded capabilities with its gesture control interface and the ability to map the location of devices in the home in real time.

 Ninja Sphere was created by Sydney-based company, Ninja Blocks, which released its namesake product in 2011. Not unlike Twine, Ninja Blocks are wireless sensors that connect to a home network and allow electronic devices to be controlled remotely or triggered automatically in response to environmental factors. Ninja Sphere takes things further, with the system consisting of a sleek dome-like unit called a Spheramid, which features an LED matrix that can display information.
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