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Cat Ear Motorcycle Helmets Are A Thing That Exists

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We’re all for having a little bit of originality, but we’re not sure how to feel when that effort involves strapping something like these cat ear motorcycle helmets to our heads. They’re called the Neko-Helmets and they use a IXS-1000 base, which is then customized with these fibreglass ears. They apparently offer no additional wind resistance up to 60mph, and will break off in case of a fall. At 1,780 grams, they’re not the lightest helmets on the road, but it’s not like you were expecting that when purchasing a novelty item. Prices start at $495 and go up to $660.

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Engineers and Neurosurgeons Develop The Vicis 01 Football Helmet, Designed To Absorb Impact Markedly Better Than Current Tech

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We keep hearing about football players developing lifelong brain damage due to the heavy impact they receive on their heads while playing the game. So we find it relatively sad that it’s taken this long for engineers to come up with a better approach; it appears that in the Vicis 01 Football Helmet, they may have succeeded, and late is definitely better than never. The system works by combining two systems that work in tandem: the Lode Shell and the Core Layer.

THE LODE SHELL™
Absorbs impact load by locally deforming, like a car bumper. Automotive safety engineers have used local deformation to protect people for decades. We’re the first to bring this proven innovation to football helmets.

THE CORE LAYER™
Employs a highly-engineered columnar structure that moves omni-directionally to reduce linear and rotational forces. The columnar geometry used in our CORE Layer is based on principles first described by Leonhard Euler, a Swiss physicist in the 1700s.

The LODE Shell and CORE Layer work together to reduce impact forces, leveraging well established engineering principles and materials long-used in stringent aerospace and automotive applications. Tested to withstand multiple seasons of play, the VICIS ZERO1 delivers 21st century innovation built on bedrock scientific principles.

Additionally, each helmet is nearly custom fit to a player’s head, providing uniform protection rather than the current (limited) segmented size approach, due to its 12 possible size and geometry configurations. It looks like something the NFL sorely needs, but players will have to wait a little before they can try them on for size. There’s a waiting list, and we don’t know how much they cost.

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Wine Bottle Fire Extinguisher Camouflages Your Safety Equipment

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The best place to keep a fire extinguisher is somewhere where you can reach for it quickly. But, in the name of keeping an aesthetically pleasing environment, we tend to hide them in cabinets, under the sink, or someplace out of sight. That could add a few seconds of frantic looking around until you can save your home from a fire. So to solve this issue, The Wine Bottle Fire Extinguisher looks like a standard bottle of red wine, and would look just fine sitting among your carefully thought out decor. Of course, in your panic you’ll have to remember to reach for this rather than your fancy Bordeaux, but we think it’s a decent effort to combine form with function. It’s $149 and comes in a nice wooden gift box.

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Get Rid Of Chin Straps With The Vozz RS 1.0 Motorcycle Helmet

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Most avid riders will never complain about having to tighten a chin strap around their jaws, but the few that get annoyed by it will be interested to read about the Vozz RS 1.0 helmet. It features an innovative middle hinge that opens the back of the helmet and lets the rider inset his head with ease.

The most innovative feature of the RS 1.0 is the head’s access point. The helmet splits vertically in two parts that pivot around a hinge at the top and toward the back of the shell. This opening offers ample space for the head to slide into the helmet and then it only takes is a little pressure to reattach the two parts via two locking mechanisms. According to Vozz this can be done easily while wearing gloves and even glasses.

Reconfiguring the helmet this way does a lot more than get rid of the chin strap. Doing away with the need for a large opening to get the head through, you can have a closer, tighter fit. The chin area has also been redesigned for comfort, while the fact that it’s closed prevents air from entering from below.

It looks like a fantastic design, and the helmet is ready to hit the market. Initially sold only at the central company store in East Frenchs Forest near Sydney, Australia, the plan is to roll out to retailers worldwide later on. That could take a while, of course, so until then you can also order one from their online store, starting December 23rd, for an as yet undisclosed price.

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Tail Light LED System Keeps You Safe… On A Horse

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Unless you live in a rural area, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about horses. But it’s a fact that lots of people still ride them and often share the road with passing motorists. Unlike mechanical vehicles, horses don’t have tail lights… until now. The, well, the Tail Lights system is a kit with LED lights that attach to a horse’s tail and breast collar. This way the rider and his steed is visible from both sides. They come in multiple colors, are remote controlled, will flash in multiple patterns and brightness levels, and will run for 9 hours on a 4 hour charge. Getting them on your horse is a simple:

The Tail Lights Rider series attaches to the base of the tail with our patented Tail Lights tail wrap. Just wrap, clip and GO!

For anyone whose life consists of riding away into the sunset, the $155 pledge to own will seem like a bargain.

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Rear Vision Mirror for Cyclists

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There’s a bunch of safety-minded stuff out there for cyclists, from rear view radars, to LED turn signals, to reflective gloves and socks. Sometimes though, going a little less high-tech can be as effective, and the Rear View Mirror for Cyclists appears to do its job just fine. Worn as an armband, the mirror lets you see what’s behind you without you having to affix any potentially unsightly mirror to your fancy road bike. “With high quality 5 year UV weather resistant materials, the CLASSIC RearViz bicycle mirror also comes with an Identification Pouch inside the armband, for a Medical ID Tag with “In Case of Emergency” tag.” It’s nice to know they hope for the best but also prepare for the worst, so we appreciate the ICE tag. At AUD $50.00 (around $35USD), it’s an inexpensive way to stay just a little bit safer on two wheels.

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The Loud Mini Is A Car Horn For Bicycles

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Cycling is great, both for the environment and for yourself. But it’s not without its dangers, not the least of which is how hard it is for motorists to notice you even exist. We tend to be primed to detect other cars, and mostly, to hear other cars. Well, the Loud Mini is a small horn that you attach to your bike, but that sounds just like a car horn, and is just as loud at 125dB! At the press of a button you’ll emit the same kind of sound motorists are used to hear when an oncoming car wants to signal potential danger; they’ll break instinctively, before even knowing where the sound is coming from. This is exactly the sort of reaction a vulnerable cyclist is looking for, and can make the difference between an uneventful trip to the grocery store and a detour to the emergency room. A single charge will last up to 4 months, or 480 seconds of honking. It’s weather resistant, is easy to mount, and weighs only 410 grams. With a $149 pledge, you can get one in black.

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Turn Any Branch Into A Sword

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Kids will go into the woods and pretend to be swordsmen. This is the way kids work. We think. But if they’re going to be doing that, there’s a chance one of them will get their knuckles hit and come back home in tears. That won’t happen if you get them the Nature Sabre-sword Creator from MonkeyBuisness. It’s a simple silicone attachment that fits at the end of a branch and creates a finger guard that not only makes the “sword” look more legit, it also gives your child some semblance of protection. They’re $11, comes in three colors, and is available now.

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Saver Emergency Breath System Can Let You Breathe Through Toxic Smoke

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80% of fire fatalities occur due to smoke inhalation. With every passing minute after the fire breaks out, your chances of survival go down by 10%, and after the first 5 minutes, your chances of making it out alive are 25%. The Saver Emergency Breath System is a sophisticated filter that you place over your mouth in the case of a fire, which gives you a precious few minutes during which to escape. It filters out carbon monoxide and toxic gases for up to 5 minutes. “Saver comes in a 2-person portable set or 4-person wall-mounted set, and also includes a flashlight and built-in alarm to help alert first responders to your location.” Prices start at $99 for 1, and $169 for 2.

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