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The Varia™ Rearview Bike Radar Keeps Cyclists Safer From Getting Hit From Behind


You’ve seen them: cyclists riding in the middle of the lane, as if they own the road. We can understand the desire to stay away from potentially dangerous curbside holes, but this practice can be dangerous when coupled with less-than-fully-attentive motorists. The Varia™ Rearview Bike Radar (by Garmin) alerts cyclists of an approaching vehicle as far as 150 meters away, allowing them to get a little closer to the edge of the road minimizing the chances of getting hit. The device also pairs with “compatible Edge cycling computers. The Edge computer or Varia head unit can then show multiple approaching vehicles and indicates the relative speed of approach and threat level.” It also pairs with Varia Smart Bike Lights which flash with increasing intensity as vehicles get closer, thus also alerting the drivers of the presence of a vulnerable cyclist on the road.

It’s a great system for cyclist safety, although you’ll have to pay a fairly hefty price for it. It’s £159.99, or about $249USD.

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‘Project:HumanHelmet’: Custom-Made Helmets Of Your Head

Custom Head Helmets

Not a fan of the helmets currently available to motorists? Then you should have a word with Jyo John Mulloor, who disliked them so much that he sought to design his own. Dubbed Project:HumanHelmet, his lightweight helmet features a very unusual (and personal) design: your own head. An image of your head is basically taken and used to “design” the helmet, so it’ll look like you’re not wearing one.

Enforcers checking if you’ve got a helmet on or not might not be fans of this, but motorists who appreciate a unique design might.

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Corner Protectors Are Cute As Buttons


New kid in the house? Might want to do something about those pointy table corners he’s inevitably going to smash into the second he starts walking. While we always advocate duct tape (duct tape FTW always and ever), there are those of you who don’t share our home improvement style. That’s fine. For you, maybe there is these cute Safety Bumper Corner Protectors. They’re made of foam, adhere with included 3M double-sided tape, and are shaped like ether a cat, a frog, or a bear. When they’re covering a corner, they also look like they’re devouring the table, which a tiny human is going to appreciate, we guarantee it. At $4.38 for 2 pieces, it’s a steal.

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Police Stations Becoming Safe Havens For Craigslist Meetings


Perusing Craigslist for deals can be a tricky proposition, because alongside your great deal, you might find an occasional abduction, rape, or murder. That risk, albeit not a regular occurrence, has prompted several police stations across the US to offer up their lobbies for people to conduct (legal) transactions in complete safety. Started by Chicago police, the trend is now followed by Seattle, Beaufort, Boca Raton, Columbia, South Carolina, Missouri and Virginia Beach. Their stations are open 24/7, so if you absolutely must acquire a used single-speed bicycle at 3am, know you can do so without having to worry about carrying mace, batons, or any other futile weapons in case your seller is a maniac. Hopefully other police departments nationwide will take notice and follow suit.

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Deal Of The Day: 14% Off On BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer

BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer


Don’t drink and drive. You’ve probably already heard that a million times, but the question is: do you live it? Some people have a higher tolerance for alcohol as opposed to others, but blood alcohol content (BAC) doesn’t lie. This part isn’t subjective, so if ever you or one of your buddies is in doubt, it’s best to consult with a breathalyzer before making any decisions.

It’s all well and good if there’s a breathalyzer vending machine in sight, but what if there isn’t one close by? This is when it pays to have the BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer. It’s a compact breathalyzer that gives you BAC readings, anytime, anywhere, giving you the info you need when you need it.

The BACtrack works in conjunction with an app and is compatible with most smartphones and tablets. It’s currently on sale for $42.99.

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FOBO Tire Monitors Tire Pressure, Connects To Your Phone


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


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

Intelligent Blinker


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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