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Outdoors

Wearable airbags for ski racing move toward the start gate

We've been watching the wearable ski-racing airbag develop over the past several years, and while the technology has come to fruition, it has yet to really catch on in the sport it was designed for. If the key is to offer more options, we take another step forward with the all-new Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest from Swedish safety accessories manufacturer POC and French startup In&Motion. For its part, Dainese, designer of the first wearable airbag, will get its tech on the back of World Cup racers this season. Read More

Wearables

Aegis headphones developed to help keep young ears safe

Personal music players have liberated us from the home hi-fi system and made music mobile. But there is a downside, particularly for younger listeners. According to the World Health Organization, over a billion young music lovers risk hearing loss by exposing themselves to unsafe volume levels when grooving on the move or having a good time at noisy bars and sporting events. The Aegis Pro headphones from 16-year-old Kingsley Cheng are designed to ensure that audio output never strays above a safe level, while also promising optimum sonic quality.Read More

Bicycles

Lumenus smart jacket signals a change of direction for cyclists

Visibility is a crucial part of cyclist safety, but it's also important that their turning intentions are relayed to other road users. Hand signals were the only option in this area for a long time, but in recent years we've seen technology, such as the Zackees cycling gloves, designed to improve the visibility of turn signals at night. The Lumenus jacket on display at Interbike takes a similar approach, but goes a step further by letting cyclists be guided by the light.Read More

Automotive

Land Rover's Transparent Trailer concept keeps the rear view clear

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.Read More

Candea water bottle doubles as a bike light

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.Read More

Space

NASA tests Orion parachutes to breaking point

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.Read More

Wearables

Million Mile Light turns running strides into light

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. Read More

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