Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

instead of using flashy, out-of-this-world concept to showcase its latest hybrid technology, Toyota has opted for the more down-to-earth Yaris. the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept may look like a docile compact hatch kitted with aggressive aero parts, but what lurks beneath are power and innovation that will blow your mind. and no. being a hybrid doesn’t necessarily means a tame ride either. the Yaris Hybrid-R employs a powerful, race-derived 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that pushes 300 hp to the front wheels, while each of the rear wheel is powered individually by a 60 hp electric motor as found on today’s standard Yaris Hybrid. Continue reading Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

BRABUS B63S 700 6X6

when we first read about the G63 AMG 6X6, we thought things couldn’t get any crazier than that, but we couldn’t be more wrong cos’ in fact, things did actually got a whole lot insane with this BRABUS edition – the BRABUS B63S 700 6X6. the German aftermarket tuning company gave this already monstrous six-wheeler the B63S performance package which sees the output of the 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo unit getting a bump from 536 horses (400 kW) up to 690 horses (515 kW) and 720 Nm (560 lb-ft) to 960 Nm (708 lb-ft) of torque. together with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic gearbox, the B63S 700 6X6 claims the century sprint in just 7.4 seconds and a top speed limited to 160 km/h (100 mph). granted those numbers may sound underwhelming, but lets put things into perspective: we are talking about hauling a vehicle weighing some four tons. Continue reading BRABUS B63S 700 6X6

2013 Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe

here’s another concept that surfaced at the Frankfurt Motor Show that looks pretty “real”. the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe is nothing out of this world in terms of both form – inside and out – and the drivetrain. powered by a 4.7-liter V8 Biturbo unit, it has 455 horsepower (335 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque on the tab. the only thing that it doesn’t have to offer that hints that this in fact is a concept is, performance figures, but we all know with such power and torque being put to the tarmac, it is not doubt going to be a pretty quick ride and coming from the pointed star marque, luxury appointments are just part of the package. the exterior immediately catches on with its grand sweeping form, spearheaded by a diamond radiator grille with dark chrome-plated elements and a side profile that we can’t help ourselves but to be reminded of the celebratory ride, the F125! Concept and the more recent CLA. Continue reading 2013 Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe

2013 KIA Niro Concept

judging from the number of crossover concepts we have seen recently, we have reasons to believe the future of automobile looks to be heading off the road. KIA Motors Europe’s 2013 KIA Niro Concept, unwrapped at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, is just one such example and we must say it was really quite a head turner too. designed for the European market, the KIA Niro Concept is a product of KIA’s Frankfurt design studio, designed under the direction of KIA Chief Designer Europe, Gregory Guillaume and is the Korean automaker’s perspective of what holds for the future of European B-segment vehicles. Continue reading 2013 KIA Niro Concept

Sony 3-in-1 Walkman WH Series Headphones

a walkman headphone? it definitely is. the Sony 3-in-1 Walkman WH Series headphones are the definitive gadgets for anyone who is almost always undecided about the source of the music (smartphone or walkman?) and mode of listening (headphones or speakers?). it is one gizmo that is set to eliminate your music dilemma once and for all by offering three different ways of listening: wear it as a pair of headphones and enjoy the tunes from the built-in digital music player; let the sound out through its surround sound speakers; or use it as a regular headphones with your smartphone or other portable music players with the supplied audio cable. two models are offered, the NWZ-WH505 and the NWZ-WH303. Continue reading Sony 3-in-1 Walkman WH Series Headphones

Hammerhead Navigation

navigation on bicycle has never been easy, at least not without risks. seriously, are you really going to squint over a digital map whilst pedaling? perhaps stopping by the roadside would be a better idea, or you could bang your navigation needs on the Hammerhead Navigation. instead of digital display, turn-by-turn navigation is via a series of flashing LEDs visible through corner of your eyes, so that you don’t need to take your eyes off the road when trying figure out where you are going. the device works in conjunction with an iPhone or Android app and leverages on your smartphone’ hardware (i.e. GPS) rather than duplicating it. just think of the Hammerhead Navigation as an extension of your smartphone that’s geared towards biking navigation. Continue reading Hammerhead Navigation

Orée Touch Slab – Awesome Wooden Trackpad

like all tech lovers, we have grown to appreciate aluminum as a symbol of tech, but that is not to say we don’t appreciate things outside of the norm, such as this awesome Orée Touch Slab. crafted from a single piece of premium maple or walnut wood, the Orée Touch Slab is the natural take of the trackpad that you know, supporting both simple and advanced multitouch gestures such as one finger drag, two finger tap, three finger pinch out and more, and also doubles as a numerical keypad. compatible with both Mac (OS X or later) and Windows 7 or 8, this classy trackpad runs battery power and connects to your computer via Bluetooth. extra touch of personalization is also possible, though as of now, only two designs, namely Woodland by Nia Delfau and Empreintes by Emmanuelle Sans, are available at no extra cost. Continue reading Orée Touch Slab – Awesome Wooden Trackpad

Cordli iPhone Case

we love using headphones on-the-go, but we never get around the problem of excess cable that comes with today’s headphones. actually, we did, albeit not in the most elegant way. the Cordli iPhone Case is one that not only offers an all round protection for your precious handset, but also lets you stow the excess headphone cord elegantly. designed with studio headphones like Beats by Dre or Soul by Ludacris in mind, the Cordli iPhone Case is a regular iPhone case, but features an integrated winding grooves at the back of the case that lets you weave 10 inches to 20 inches of headphone cord. Continue reading Cordli iPhone Case

Grace Digital Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

if your idea of luxury is leather and you absolutely love music that won’t add clutter to your living space, then this pair of leatherette clad Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers by Grace Digital (GDI-BTSP201) would be right up your alley. employing the current standards for high quality audio streaming, namely aptX, AAC, as well as SBC, it has 36W of audio power, delivered through its 1″ soft dome tweeters and a 3.5″ composite cone woofers and rear port. other features include Bluetooth 4.0 technology that supports pairing of up to 8 devices, music control via connected Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet, alternative control through a full-featured control panel located on top of speaker, a USB port for recharging your mobile device, a set of RCA auxiliary audio input for hooking up with wired audio sources, and last but not the least, each speaker is wrapped in a classy leatherette casing for that extra touch of elegance. Continue reading Grace Digital Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition

it would still be a long while before digital display gets integrated into our kitchen countertops to allow us to check out online recipes while cooking. for now, a tablet would be sufficed for the job, but not just any tablet since the device will most definitely be subjected to a host of kitchen-specific elements while you are cooking up a storm, so to speak. Sony has just announced a tablet, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition, that will be as right at home in the kitchen as it would anywhere else. it is basically the Xperia Tablet Z “naturalized” as a kitchen accessory. this white 32GB Android tablet features both hardware and software tailored for specifically for cooking. Continue reading Sony Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition

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