Last year, Land Rover unveiled its Discovery Vision concept with its Transparent Bonnet, which used cameras and virtual technology to make the front of the car appear "transparent" to the driver. It was a clever idea for eliminating blind spots, but what if you're hauling a caravan or a horse box? To help eliminate this massive rear blind spot, the company has developed a prototype "Transparent Trailer" system, which extends virtual translucence to the rear.
There's a trick campers use, where they shine a flashlight down into a
water bottle to create a lantern. Well, Italian cycling goods
manufacturer Elite uses that same principle in its new Candea bottle –
LEDs in the bottom illuminate the bottle above,
making night-time cyclists a bit more visible.
NASA has been pushing the
safety features on its next-generation Orion spacecraft to the
extreme, as it carried out a dramatic parachute test. During the
test, engineers staged the failure of various components of the
descent system in order to see if it would still function, and save
the lives of a potential crew in a worst case scenario.
Runners have plenty of options for lighting, from simple, purpose-built runners' lights, to lighted hydration packs, to LED running shoes, to neon-glow belts and beyond. Typically these lights are powered by replaceable or rechargeable batteries, which can leave you in the dark. The all-new Million Mile Light from startup Positively Human makes you the battery, keeping the light flashing so long as you're running.
The axe is one of the oldest tools known to mankind, and its basic design typically changes very little. The Leveraxe, however, strays from that blueprint. As a result, it's said to be more effective than a traditional axe, require less power, be safer and not get stuck in the wood.
Lexus has shown off its new 2016 GS range. In addition to the existing GS 350 and GS 450h models, a new GS 200t has been added to the line. As well as updated styling, the new GS models feature a number of intelligent safety features.
As any dedicated bicycle commuter will tell you, it’s important to let motorists know when and in which direction you’re turning. At night, however, drivers might not always see your hand signals. Using illuminated gloves is one solution, but British startup Cycl is now offering another: LED turn indicators that attach magnetically to the ends of your handlebars. They’re called WingLights, and we recently had the chance to try them out for ourselves.
Consumers currently have their choice of several brake lights for bicycles,
which use an accelerometer to detect when the cyclist is stopping.
However, what if you want something that's a little smaller, simpler and
cheaper? That would be Sigma's tiny new mechanically-activated
Adding lights to a bike helmet is one way to improve visibility at night, but Chinese company Livall has gone a step further – its LED-loaded helmet also serves as a walkie-talkie and sends out an SOS alert when you fall down.
While city dwellers may be used to railway crossings marked with
flashing red lights, the easier-to-miss warnings at rural crossings
often just consist of a sign. That's because there's no easy way of
providing electricity to such isolated locations. While solar panels
could provide part of the solution, a team of engineering students and
faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln believe that photovoltaics
alone can't consistently provide enough power. Instead, they devised
several systems that harness power from the rails themselves.