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Tag Archives: Safety

B-Shoes Are For the Clumsy: Smart Fall Prevention Shoes

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If you’ve got two left feet and trip over stuff a lot, then you might need to trade in your Chucks for this pair of shoes. These B-Shoes are uniquely-designed footwear with an integrated fall prevention system to make sure that you stay upright–at least while you’re wearing them, anyway.

Kidding aside, the B-Shoes were made especially for older folks who are prone to spills due to their age and perhaps slower reflexes. The shoes aren’t called smart for nothing, as they prevent falls by kicking into action when they detect that the wearer has lost his balance and is about to fall backwards.

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This Gun Won’t Fire If Its Smartwatch Isn’t In Range

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Gun safety is important. Sure, locking your firearms in a cabinet can help keep them out of a child’s hand, but it’s really only a matter of time until they either find your key or figure out your combination, and then what? Well, the Armatix iP1 will not fire a single of its .22 caliber rounds unless its companion iW1 Active RFID Watch is in range. Better yet, you can activate a PIN code that will prevent the gun from firing even if the watch is in range, we suppose to prevent someone from taking it from you and shooting you with it while you’re still near. Granted, having to enter a PIN in the heat of the moment might take away from the potential usefulness of the gun, but at some point it’s up to you to find the right balance between safety and function.

RFID-enabled guns don’t come cheap. It’s $1,400 for the gun and yet another $400 for the watch.

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RightPSI Tire Cap Lets You Check Pressure At A Glance

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If your car is not equipped with a fancy Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), then you have to do manual checks now and then. Having the right air pressure in your tires is essential for safety and mileage, but checking manually is a pain in the posterior, especially if it’s really cold outside. The RightPSI tire caps change colour depending on whether you’re right on target, or have fallen off. A simple glance at your wheel can tell you if it needs attention. Heck, even if you have TPMS, RightPSI can be useful since it’ll tell you which of your tires is going flat, without you having to test them one by one. The way it works is you purchase a PSI specific set, which you cannot change if ever you change cars or tires. At $25 for a set of 4 though, you won’t be breaking the bank.

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Winter Tires With Retractable Studs Possibly On The Horizon

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With the snowy Apocalypse having fallen hard on much of the south over the last few weeks, there’s no doubt some people’s minds have been on the topic of winter tires. They are, after all, made to perform drastically better in icy and snowy conditions, though there is one step above that: winter tires with studs. That’s the ultimate in grip in ice, but it’s also a noisy, abrasive pain between snowfalls so few people opt for them. Now, Nokian Tyres has announced the development of a winter tire with retractable studs. You notice it’s really slippery? Press a button on your dashboard and the studs extend, only to retract again once you’ve made it out of the ice and snow. It’s really the best of both worlds, and it’s not available for purchase. Unfortunately. There aren’t even concrete plans to bring these to market, but the fact that the technology now exists mean that’s missing is enough demand. A few more of the store we’ve seen lately and the market just might change…

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Never Lose Your Ring With RingSafe

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Most rings tell a story. Your graduation. Your friendship with someone special. A lifelong commitment to the person you’re going to be spending the rest of your life with. So losing a ring isn’t just losing a piece of jewelry; to some, it’s like losing something concrete from those relationships.

Cue the RingSafe, which is basically a specially-designed carabiner that secures your ring in its clasp, in the event that you have to take it off for work or for whatever reason. The aperture can then be looped around a necklace or placed on a keyring so you won’t lose or misplace it while it’s off your finger.

RingSafe is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $25 will get you one of your very own. If you want to personalize it, just add $20 more dollars to your pledge.

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Portable Door Jammer Gives You Extra Security, Wherever You Are

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How safe are you in your hotel room? There’s nothing to worry about if you’re booked in a five-star hotel but if you’re on a tight budget and went for the inn with the cheapest rates in the area, then you might find that to be a major concern come nightfall. That’s what happened to me when I traveled with a few friends last year to attend a concert. Halfway through the night, we heard loud banging in outside the halls in the dead of night, and one of my friends swore she heard someone try to open the door.

Suffice to say, we checked out the next morning and paid double for a fancier (and much safer) hotel. If you find yourself traveling to places that aren’t as safe or secure as you’d like, then it’s high time you got something like the portable door jammer as an added safety measure. It works with most doors and setting it up is pretty simple. Just slide it at the bottom of the door and crank out the arm until it’s secure and snug against the floor surface.

People on the outside will be able to see the jammer’s little arm, so maybe that’ll serve as a deterrent of sorts since they’ll have a more difficult time trying to sneak in or force their way into your room.

The Portable Door Jammer is available online for $48.

Update: Found a link on Amazon for $23.50. Link below updated. -Ed.

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The Dark Knight Rides: Batman Motorcycle Helmet

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You might not have a Batcycle nor a bat cave to park your ride in. But you can at least ride in style (and in the image and likeness of the Dark Knight) with this awesome Batman motorcycle helmet. It’s DOT certified and comes with interchangeable visors, so you can go from clear to tinted, depending on the riding conditions.

The helmet, which has Batman’s signature pointy ears, is made using a proprietary elastomer formula that’s durable yet flexible and pliable. It’s available in a range of sizes, from XS to 2XL, so you’re bound to find one that fits.

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Sharks ‘Tweet’ When They Get Too Close To Shore

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Because of movies like Jaws, people have become more conscious (and sometimes, overly paranoid) about sharks and whether or not one might suddenly bite them while they’re in the water. Most beaches aren’t infested with sharks, and a lot don’t wander too far out into the shore. That said, sharks do occasionally end up in areas where people are frolicking by the beach, so unless the beach has posted some warnings about it, then there’s no need to fret.

The odds are against most people because they don’t find out that there’s a shark in the waters…until the shark is a few feet away. With this in mind, scientists in Western Australia have devised a different system to alert people of the presence of sharks in the water: Twitter.

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This Is A Batman Motorcycle Helmet

Batman Motorcycle Helmet - DOT Approved

The motorcycle riders among you with a special hankering for all things Batman will surely get a kick out of the above helmet. It’s made by HelmetDawg and is fully DOT certified, meaning you can don it on your bike while still safe in the knowledge that at least your head will come out of an accident somewhat intact. It’s based off GMax’s GM48S helmet, but the ears and other custom parts are made from “a breakthrough proprietary elastomer (polymer) formula” and are not just cheap stuck-on additions. The rest of the helmet has a bunch of very neat features that people might want in such a product, like adequate venting and room for a communication system. Considering it’s $325, we’re going to call it a decent deal.

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