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Impact-sensing hair clip helps fight violent crime

According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of women worldwide have fallen victim to either violence from their intimate partner, or sexual violence from a non-partner. While self-defense classes and pepper sprays form part of a solution, their value becomes questionable if the perpetrator is already known to the victim or attacks by surprise. The First Sign Hair Clip, a hair clip fitted with security sensors, is designed to not only send out a cry for help, but gather up evidence to ensure justice is served. Read More

Bicycles

RFID Bikealarm scares off would-be bike thieves

Very little beats a sturdy U-lock for securing a bike. For when there's nothing available to which you can secure your bike, however, or if you just want a little extra security against anyone tampering with it, designer Dennis Siegel has devised a solution. The RFID Bikealarm attaches to your saddle and emits a 120dB alarm when it senses movement.Read More

Around The Home

Sammy Screamer: A motion detector for parents

Ever wished you had an extra set of eyes on the cookie jar, or somebody making sure the kids aren't sneaking out of their bedrooms when its time to do homework? Looking to help out with these and a whole host of common parenting duties is Sammy Screamer, a small movement sensor that sends out alerts when it detects motion. Read More

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Review: Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

Can a lock be more than just a device designed to let you in and out of your home and prevent others from doing the same? Well technically speaking, no it can't, but it most certainly can do a lot more than just open and close with a key. Schlage's Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is an example of this. While at its core it is an apparatus designed to keep intruders out of your house while letting you in, the touchscreen and internet connected features go a long way towards making it more useful. How does it actually work in everyday life? Keep reading to find out.Read More

Good Thinking

Students adapt Kinect into a life-saving device

Whether it’s through parents’ forgetfulness, ignorance or just plain not caring, it does sometimes happen ... small children die from heatstroke after being left unattended in a hot parked car. According to a 2012 study conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 38 such deaths occur in the United States alone each year. While various systems have been developed to help keep this from happening, three engineering undergrads from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University have taken a unique approach. They’ve converted a Microsoft Kinect into a child-in-the-hot-car detector. Read More

Good Thinking

Bracelet uses social network to protect civil rights activists

Fighting for human rights is a noble undertaking, but it’s also extremely dangerous in places where that fight isn't about simply arguing over abstractions. Aware of the very real possibility of campaigners being beaten, kidnapped or murdered, Civil Rights Defenders in Stockholm has launched the Natalia Project. Named after Natalia Estemirova, a human rights activist who was abducted and murdered in Chechnya in 2009, it’s based on an electronic bracelet that sends a pre-programmed text alarm if activated or forcibly removed. Read More

Bicycles

BikeWatch brings alarm, LED light and cable lock together in one device

We love our bikes here at Gizmag. We really appreciate efforts to help keep our rides out of the hands of thieves, too, especially those innovations that serve more than one purpose – such as the Küat Racks Bottle Lock, or the Interlock seatpost bike lock. BikeWatch is just such a device, attaching to any 27.2 - 31.6 mm seatpost and combining a bike alarm, rear LED light and cable lock in one attractive unit.Read More

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