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Safety

The Backtracker's front module alerts riders via an LED display

Cycling on the highway can definitely be a risky business. If riders are distracted or have the wind in their ears, vehicles rapidly approaching from behind can be almost right on top of them before being noticed. Gadgets such as mirrors and rear-view cameras can help, although riders still have to think to check them. The Backtracker, however, uses a radar signal to automatically alert cyclists whenever a car is closing in on them.  Read More

iSwimband runs on a fixed, non-replaceable battery, which the company claims should last h...

Even under some form of supervision, young ones can and do drown in swimming pools and lakes. The iSwimband wearable sensor is designed to minimize these dangers by triggering an alarm on a paired iOS device when submerged for a dangerous length of time.  Read More

The Clever Buoy is designed to detect sharks and send alerts to lifeguards

In many parts of the world, shark attacks are a very real possibility for anyone entering the ocean. While suspended nets do help keep the toothsome fish separated from swimmers, they're far from from 100 percent reliable, plus sharks (along with other marine animals) regularly get caught in them and perish – as sharks are one of the ocean's apex predators, removing them from the ecosystem could have disastrous consequences. The Clever Buoy, however, may prove to be an effective method of keeping humans and sharks apart, with no harm coming to either.  Read More

Ford's new knee airbag (bottom) uses the outer panel of the glove box to distribute the fo...

There's little doubt that knee airbags serve an important role in automobiles, protecting occupants' knees and shins from hard impacts against the dash in the event of a collision. However, as with any added component, they do take up space within the vehicle. Ford is addressing that factor in its 2015 Mustang, which will feature a passenger-side knee airbag that's built into the existing glove box.  Read More

A new system developed through the SAFEBUS project is designed to reduce accidents around ...

Drivers operating city buses have a tough job ensuring the safety of people on the vehicle as well as those outside it. But technology technology is stepping up to overcome the limitations of rear view mirrors, especially concerning children. A new system being tested in Spain is designed to improve bus safety by issuing a warning when a potential risk to pedestrians is detected so the driver can react accordingly, or bringing the bus to a stop if they don't.  Read More

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio prepares to test the ultraviolet light decontamination har...

The International Space Station (ISS) is perhaps the most artificial environment that human beings have ever taken up residence in. It’s not the sort of place where you’d want a lab accident, because you can’t run out the door and wait in the carpark for the air to clear, so NASA uses gloveboxes to keep the crew and equipment separate from dangerous contaminants. To increase this level of safety and expand the number experiments the station can carry out, the space agency is fitting one of the larger gloveboxes with an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system to to prevent potentially dangerous microorganisms from escaping.  Read More

The RoofScope mounts on the hood, and is viewed from the driver's seat

If you carry a boat, bicycle or pretty anything else on the roof of your car, you probably spend a lot of time wondering if it's still securely in place up there while you're driving. The problem is, there's no way of seeing it without stopping and getting out of the car ... unless you have a RoofScope, that is.  Read More

The Samsung Smart Bike uses a smartphone – and an Arduino module – as its brains

What do you call a bicycle that doesn't have a motor, but is packed with electronic features? Well, the emerging term seems to be "smart bike." We've already seen one called the Valour, but now there's a new one-off known as the Samsung Smart Bike. Above all else, it's designed to make bicycle commuting safer.  Read More

The Peres is designed to detect the freshness of food

Technology can go a long way towards keeping food fresher for longer, but it can also be used to check whether the food has passed its best-by date. We've seen plastics that indicate the freshness of food, and we've also covered food packaging that lets people know if it's still fresh. Now, a product called Peres aims to perform a similar task, but it does it with a sensor and a smartphone or tablet.  Read More

Julian Sharpe, President of Survival Capsule LCC

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and the tsunami that followed count as one of the worst disasters of the 21st century. When it struck off the southern coast of Japan with a force of magnitude 9, it was the most powerful ever to hit Japan, and the tsunami with a maximum height of 40.5 m (133 ft) resulted in 15,885 deaths, 6,148 injured, and 2,623 people missing. In anticipation of a similar disaster, Survival Capsules LCC of Mukilteo, Washington has developed a steel and aircraft-grade aluminum sphere designed to protect against both fire and flood. Gizmag paid a visit to the company to learn more about it.  Read More

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