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Tag Archives: Safety

Split Those Logs, No Axe Required

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Swinging an axe doesn’t come without its dangers. If you’ve got a big pile of firewood to get through, you might be contemplating the task of cutting the logs to size with a weary eye. Well, a 13 year old girl from New Zealand decided to tackle the issue, and her solution turned the problem on its head: rather than swing a blade at the wood, why not much the wood against a blade? The Kindling Cracker is a solid cast iron contraption that accepts logs up to 6.5 inches across and features an upward facing blade. You simply insert your log and tap it with a mallet or even another log. It’s safe because you’re not swinging any blade through the air, and it’s solidly constructed so it’ll last for years. It’s $85.

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Retrofit A Backup Camera With The Pearl RearVision

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You car didn’t come with a backup camera, but you’ve bumped into enough luxury sedans while parking that you’ve determined you should totally have gotten that option? It’s not too late to get your own, and with the Pearl RearVision Backup Camera, you can do so elegantly. Integrated into a nicely designed license plate holder, the camera will stream wirelessly to your smart device, you so can easily keep an things. The best part is the ease of installation; the RearVision is battery-powered and charged through a little solar panel integrated on the bottom bezel. That means no wiring, drilling, or modifications needed on your ride. A car adapter then plugs into your OBD port, and serves as a link between the camera and your phone. The only downside is the hefty $499 price tag. But if it stops you from damaging your bumper even once, we say it’s worth it.

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Million Mile Light Requires No Battery

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Runners need to be seen at night. There’s a slew of LED lights on the market to help them with this, but the Million Mile Light stands out by requiring absolutely no battery, ever. It uses the kinetic energy from your every stride to power a pulsating LED light that’s bright enough to be seen up to 200m away. The IPX4 rating means it’s completely weatherproof and splashproof, and best of all, it costs all of $23.

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Extreme Heat Gloves

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It’s not everyday that you have to handle burning logs of wood with your hands, but if you’re wearing the BlueFire Pro Extreme Protection Cooking & Grilling Gloves, you could do just that. They’re made from Kevlar/Aramid/Nomex/Silicone and can withstand up to 932°F. For reference, that’s about 850°F more than I’m comfortable handling bare handed. They’re even made from CE-Level 3 Cut Resistant Fiber so that you can be protected from self-inflicted cuts. At $35 for the pair, we’re looking for a single good reason not to get them.

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Rainpal Is A Wiper Blade For Your Motorcycling Helmet

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I ride a motorcycle. It’s great. And when it rains, well, it’s still great but… a little annoying. Most of the time the rain drops that fall in your field of view will just be pushed to the sides because of the wind hitting your visor. But at lower speeds that doesn’t work quite as well. So I’m actually intrigued by Rainpal. It’s an attachment you retrofit into an existing helmet, and it gives you a good old fashioned wiper blade. Attached to your visor with inner suction cups, you activate it through a button on the hardware itself, or through a wireless kit meant to be mounted on your handlebars. When you do so, the blade will go back and forth for up to 90 minutes, or twice that if you give it a two second delay, before you need to charge the battery. The design claims it’ll work just fine at speeds up to 160kmh (100mph).

Now, keep in mind that this product is being pitched on a lesser known crowdfunding platform, Fundrazr, that there’s no working prototype yet (they’re 4 weeks out, apparently), and that the campaign isn’t fully funded in the first place. So pledge the $49 starting price at your own risk. Having said that, if it does work as advertised, Rainpal looks pretty slick.

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The Creator Of Android Wants To Give You A Free Dashcam, Free As In Beer

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Years ago, Andy Rubin gave the world Android. Not content with how practical and slow moving Google could be (yes, that says more about Andy Rubin than it says about Google), he eventually left and founded Playground Global, a hybrid consulting firm/incubator that focuses on developing the technologies that will drive the world of tomorrow. And one of the many projects incubating there at the moment is the plan to develop a dashcam that will be given to the end user free of charge. Yes, a dashcam like the Russians are fond of having on their windshields, yours to keep, for $0. Of course… free never means free, and although you won’t have to spend any money on it, you will have to agree to have the camera send data back to HQ. Just what that data is, and what they plan to do with it isn’t clear at the moment (talks of AI, world mapping, Street-View competition, etc.), but Rubin is no idiot, and the company he founded to the tune of $350 million in funding is aware that they’ll have to alleviate privacy concerns if and when their project launches.

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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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