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FOBO Tire Monitors Tire Pressure, Connects To Your Phone

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Most people don’t worry too much about tire pressure. They set it once after changing a tire, say, and then forget it. Oh sure, it’s not smart since you can get lower mileage and potentially get into an accident. But there you have it. Some of us, however, are a little more careful and a gadget like the FOBO Tire could relieve their low-tire-pressure anxieties. Using four somewhat goofy-looking tire sensors that screw onto the valve and connect to your phone via Bluetooth, you can know each tire’s status within 0.1psi. They monitor even when you’re not driving, so that you can be alerted in the middle of the night if you get a sudden pressure loss. They don’t need an external power source and instead rely on batteries which should last up to 2 years. You can even share your tire status with your friends, because you know, that’s really what they care about.

It’s $90.

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Futuristic Industrial Helmet Features HUD

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Walking down the streets with some Google Glasses might make you into a bit of a Glasshole, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a right time and place to be wearing a heads-up display. The DAQRI Smart Helmet pictured above features not one, but two semi-transparent displays that sit right into your field of view and augment your environment with potentially essential data. A set of cameras provide 360 coverage, allowing you to take photos, videos, and even make detailed 3D maps. It also means you could walk right onto a complex work zone, and know exactly where to go. You could have step-by-step, illustrated instructions displayed to you as you repair a crucial piece of machinery. With the right software, the DAQRI Smrt Helmet could revolutionize today’s construction industry and dramatically increase its productivity. But it’s not on the market yet, and there’s no word how much it’ll cost once it is.

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SharkStopper Repels Sharks With Acoustics

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Sharks are deadly creatures. Movies and media make them out to be bigger villains, but the threat they pose to surfers and to those who are enjoying a swim at the beach is very real. Whereas Batman had his shark repellent, the rest of us now have a better option than shark-repelling rash guards with the development of the Sharkstopper.

It’s a wearable device that emits the sounds of killer whales, which is one of the shark’s natural predators. The signals have been tested on various species of sharks, including hammerheads and the great white shark, with positive results.

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Intelligent Blinker is a Wearable Turn Signal for Cyclists

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The dark is sometimes a cyclist’s worst enemy. Unlike cars, bikes don’t come equipped with lights and signals so other people on the road might misread the signals (or lack thereof) and, well, you know what happens next. As a response to this, PhD students from Electronics Laboratoryat EPFL have come up with the Intelligent Blinker, which is a solar-powered wristband that glows when the cyclist extends his hand to indicate that they’re about to make a turn.

The Intelligent Blinker is built with a microcontroller, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and a compass. It comes with a solar panel and built-in battery, which can be charged via USB. Together, these elements might just save countless lives and prevent numerous accidents.

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Just What We Need: This Seatbelt Jolts Drowsy Drivers to Their Senses

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Numerous car accidents are caused by having a sleepy driver at the wheel. Whether they had a particularly long day or are driving long-distance, the risks remain the same. Driving while drowsy endangers those inside the vehicle as well as those outside of it. With this in mind, the Biomechanics Institute in Valencia, Spain have developed a system called Harken to address driver fatigue and sleepiness.

Harken is basically a smart seatbelt made from “smart” textiles with built-in sensors that can measure a person’s heartbeat and respiration. When it detects that the driver is starting to nod off based on the stats, the system triggers an alarm to jolt the driver awake.

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Silent Beacon Lets You Call For Help When You Need It

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You can think of the Silent Beacon as a panic button of sorts that you can take with you. It’s a small, handy gadget that looks like a control for your car’s alarm or something, but don’t let looks deceive you, because it can do much more. First of all, it’s a GPS tracker so it can show your current location when there’s an emergency or if you simply want someone to know where you currently are.

When it’s pushed, the Silent Beacon can be programmed to send an email or SMS to the people on your emergency contacts list. It will also patch a call to 911 and send along your location so you can get assistance in a timely manner.

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iSwimband Helps Prevent Kids From Drowning

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According to the CDC, “from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day.” That’s much too large a number, and if the iSwimband pictured above can help bring it down even just a bit, we’re all for it. This device basically alerts you when it senses that one of your children could be in danger of drowning. There are two models: one is for swimmers and is worn around the head, the other is a wristband for younger kids and those who don’t swim yet. The swimmer’s headband lets kids go in the water, but will alert you on your phone if it senses its been under water for too long. The non-swimmer’s wristband however will immediately ping you if it gets wet. This way you can step away from the pool for a couple of minutes, or read that book, without having to worry that your kid will disobey you and actually get in the water like you told him not to. It’s $99 for a set including the app, and two sensors.

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Gum-Sized Device Can Tell If Your Drink Has Been Spiked

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Date rape is a real problem. Anything you can do to put the odds back on your side is a good thing, so we’re excited to report on the pd.id, the Personal Drink ID. It’s a small device, roughly the size of a stick of gum, that once dunked into your drink will alert you to the potential presence of drugs. To determine the contents of the drink, the device appears to analyze its spectroscopic signature, its reaction to an electric current, and its temperature. These three tests are combined and analyzed against the company’s database to determine if you’re in the clear. This technology is based on what the DEA has been using for years, only considerably shrunk down. And if it works properly, should become a must-carry accessory for anyone at risk.

The company is raising funds on Indiegogo, and a $100 pledge should get you one of your own, with an estimated delivery date of April 2015.

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Smart Pepper Spray Immobilizes Your Attacker, Takes Their Picture Too

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Pepper spray may send assailants running, but it won’t exactly help you catch the bad guys if they still have their bearings after being sprayed on and manage to run from the scene of the crime. Regular pepper spray, that is, because the Defender lets you do both. It’s a smart pepper spray gizmo that does a lot of things aside from peppering attackers with pepper spray.

First of all, it takes their picture, which will be useful when you have to identify them from a police lineup. Since it’s connected to Defender’s 24/7 Monitoring Service, it also sends your GPS coordinates to law enforcement and emergency responders at the push of a button so they’ll know where to find you. It’s also equipped with speakers and an oscillating light that sounds and lights up to alert people nearby that there’s a crime in progress (and possibly thwarted already.)

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