2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Protection

The ATR-1 helmet features an internal suspension system, allowing it to absorb a wider ran...

Any motocross racer knows how important it is to wear a helmet. In order for a helmet to withstand high-speed impacts, however, its ability to soak up low-speed impacts is somewhat compromised ... and low-speed impacts, even though they don’t sound quite so nasty, can still cause concussions. The ATR-1 helmet by 6D uses a series of elastomer shock absorbers to handle those hits, while reportedly still providing adequate protection against the big ones.  Read More

The Hail Protector inflates to protect against hail damage

According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, approximately 250,000 cars are damaged by hail every year in the U.S. alone. The average cost of repair comes in at just over US$3,100, so what’s a person to do to protect their vehicle when rain takes the form of ice sculpted golf balls? The obvious solution – airbag the car.  Read More

Rheinmetall's Gladius soldier system is billed as most advanced system of its kind

The Rheinmetall Group has been awarded an €84 million (US$112 million) contract to supply a further sixty of its modular Gladius "future soldier" systems to the German Federal Defense Force.  Read More

Hardwire Armor Systems' ballistic whiteboard

Given the horrific event that occurred last month in Newtown, Connecticut, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a rise in products designed specifically to protect children against shootings in schools. One of the latest such devices is a bulletproof dry-erase whiteboard.  Read More

Dainese has announced that it is now putting the finishing touches on its wearable airbag ...

Besides continuing to produce its high-end protective body armor, Dainese has also spent the last several years developing something else – a wearable airbag system for motorcyclists. A couple of years ago, the Italian company announced that it had entered into a partnership with the International Ski Federation, to adapt that system for use by downhill ski racers. Now, Dainese has announced that it is fine-tuning the ski system, for use in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.  Read More

Amendment II's Ballistic Backpack

In the wake of last week’s horrific shootings in Connecticut, we’re sure to be seeing a lot more products like this cropping up. Made by Salt Lake City-based body armor company Amendment II, it’s called the Ballistic Backpack, and it’s designed to protect its wearer from bullets.  Read More

Formula 1 team Force India is currently implementing the Kranium technology into its own h...

As highlighted by the cardboard bicycle, cardboard can be a surprisingly versatile manufacturing material in the right hands. Further proof of this comes via the Kranium: a bicycle helmet constructed from cardboard and designed by Royal College of Art student Anirudha Surabhi, which promises to be 15 percent lighter than standard helmets, while absorbing up to three times the impact energy during a collision.  Read More

The Coyote Case will be available in five colors

A major trend we're seeing in iPhone cases is the combination of protecting your phone and protecting yourself. Previously, we've covered the Yellow Jacket, which turns your iPhone into a stun gun, and the Spraytect case, which adds pepper spray to your iPhone. A new product, called the Coyote Case, uses an incredibly loud siren as its method of protection.  Read More

The Spraytect in action

When Scott McPherson’s daughter was heading off to college, he wanted to make sure that she’d have a personal protection device with her at all times. Given that most young people are never without their smartphone – and they always have it within easy reach – he did the obvious, and created an iPhone 4/4S case with a built-in pepper spray canister. It’s now available for purchase, in the form of the Spraytect case.  Read More

Pelican has added four new backpacks to its ProGear family, featuring either a crushproof,...

Pelican has added four lightweight sporty backpacks to its expanding ProGear range, which already includes the Urban Backpacks and Smart Wallet announced recently. The new models feature light rip-stop nylon and either a crushproof, watertight hard case or a rigid compartment to protect treasured electronics while you concentrate on being daring and intrepid.  Read More

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