Infiniti has already shown off its Etherea concept before, with the compact having made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but it's getting its first public North American outing at the Concours d'Elegance here at Pebble Beach. Still eye-catching despite the familiarity, beyond the illuminated grille it's the sharply styled C-pillar that's the Etherea's main flourish, something Infiniti carried forward to the JX Concept unveiled yesterday.
Infiniti has revealed its latest luxury crossover, the Infiniti JX Concept, a preview of what we can expect from the production model likely to hit showrooms in 2012. Capable of cosseting up to seven people across three rows of leather-clad seating, the JX Concept pulls together distinctive design touches like its crescent-cut D-pillar and snout-like grille with luxury features such as a 14-speaker Bose Studio Surround audio system.
Gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, and SlashGear is checking out the four-wheeled variety this weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. A yearly show of the finest in classics, one-offs and customs, joined by what manufacturers hope will become the classics of the future, it's a gearhead's dream event.
Garmin has outed the unusually-named chirp, a $22.99 geocaching dongle intended for those people whose idea of a good weekend is snuffling round clutching their PND and looking for treasure in Tupperware. Compatible with any of the company's wirelessly-enabled handhelds, the chirp can basically be programmed to give location hints for other geocachers, and then hidden - it's waterproof, usefully - so as to encourage them along the way whenever they pass.
I'm not sure why, but no matter how long I drive a car with keyless entry it seems like I always hit the wrong button on the remote. I end up locking the doors rather than unlocking and I had a car once where I popped the trunk all the time.
I have a couple young kids that have no concept of money and how to save it by saving electricity or using less water. My son will stand in the shower until the giant water heater in our house is empty if you don't keep an eye on him. A new green gadget called the Waterpebble is a great visual indicator for when someone should get out of the shower to save on water.
D-Link would like to point out that Sling Media aren't the only company who can do place-shifting with interestingly-designed hardware, and to that end the networking specialists have outed the D-Link Pebble Media Player at CES 2010. A curvaceous lump with both HDMI and ethernet connectivity, the Pebble can stream media from across a network or play it from local memory cards or USB sticks.
After a while all the iPod accessories start to blend into one great black and white mass, and it takes something special to stand out. Well, I'm making no claims on just how special this speaker-set is (having not heard it in action) but if the sound is a sweet as the design then Saitek are on to a good thing. Looking like a gently smoothed pebble, the iPhonic pocket speakers are battery powered and can in fact be used with any portable audio device thanks to the standard headphone jack. Owners of iPod's Nano, however, are specially catered for, with a cool little stand (shown in the picture after the cut).
4 AAA batteries power the twin neodymium speakers that Saitek promises have "extended bass", and the unit is clever enough to turn itself on off automatically with the music playing and stopping to reach a maximum battery life of 12 hours. It's thankfully scratch-resistant, though that doesn't necessarily mean you can keep it rattling round your rucksack with your keys and expect it to come out unscathed! Available now for $69.95 and £39.99.
BMW's i8 electric supercar may be out of the reach of most, but that isn't stopping the German company from crafting an even more exclusive version of the eco-friendly coupe. The one-off BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition will, as the name suggests, make its debut at August's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event, and be the first to pack some exclusive tech: lasers.
When you're cooking up a track-only supercar based on the already bonkers McLaren P1, taking the subtle approach is probably the wrong strategy. Still, there's definitely no way the McLaren P1 GTR could be overlooked among weekend racers, as the British marques first design concept suggests: that vast rear wing alone should have spectators gawping.