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Tag Archives: Safety

Protect Your Privates: Radiation-Proof Underwear Released in Japan

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Radiation exposure kills. It also damages parts of your body that’s exposed to it. Most people find no reason to come into contact with radiated waters, but the Fukushima clean-up crews do, and that’s exactly who these radiation shield wear undies are for. Made by Yamamoto Corporation, the underwear is lined with lead to block harmful gamma rays in the abdomen and lower spine area. A beta-ray shielding suit should then be worn over the gamma ray crotch guard to ward of the beta rays. The shielding suit is effective as its seams are completely fused, keeping the radiation out and keeping its wearer safe.

The Yamamoto drysuit will cover the wearer’s entire body, with the only opening being for the face mask. The suits will be available this month for $1,072, while the gamma ray guard will cost an additional $825. Extremely expensive, but hey, they could save your life–that is, if you plan to go swimming in exposed waters.

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Anti-Rape Underwear Could Be Just Around The Corner

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Like it or not, there are situations that are more risky for women, whether it’s walking down a dark street at night or going to questionable parties. Now a company is trying to put the odds a little more in the women’s camp by designing a line of underwear, AR Wear, that can’t be removed by someone other than the wearer. The hope is that they’ll help prevent rape, since studies have shown that “resistance increases the chance of avoiding a completed rape without making the victim more likely to be physically injured”. These shorts have special cut-and-tear-resistant bands around the waist, leg openings and central panels that prevent an unwanted assailant from removing them forcefully. Only the wearer can take them off by making use of the simple and elegant “clock-hand lock”, which involves placing two small levers on the front of the garment at specific angles. Each piece of underwear comes with it’s own combination, whether it’s 1:40, 3:50 and so on.

Of course this doesn’t guarantee safety, and precautions should always be taken when you’re in an unfamiliar and potentially risky environment. But this is just one more tool that could end up becoming the deciding factor between an assailant going through with his crime and giving up frustrated.

Unfortunately the line is still under development and there’s no clear timeline for when, if ever, it will hit the market. You can help the company along with a donation to their IndieGogo campaign, but know that this doesn’t automatically put you in line to receive the underwear. It only buys you a discount once development is completed.

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SEIL Bag is a Wearable Signal Light for Cyclists

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A lot of accidents involving cyclists can be avoided if there was a way for them to signal where they were headed or when they’re about to make a turn to other drivers and cyclists on the road. Add-on signal lights are available for bikes, but most are compact–maybe too compact–in nature, and might not be visible in certain conditions.

Working with that in mind is Lee Myung Su, the designer behind the SEIL Bag. The concept won a Red Dot Design Award back in 2010, and now Lee is back with plans for turning it into a reality with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for the bag.

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FoldyLock, A Folding Chain Of Steel Bars To Secure Your Bike

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There are many ways to secure your bicycle when away from home, and the FoldyLock appears to be one of the better ones. It’s a 90cm (35.5. inch) long lock made up of “six hardened steel links covered with plastic reinforced with fiberglass to protect your bike frame from scratches. Connecting rivets are designed with VSR rivet technology against drilling. Foldylock is rust free and has an anti drilling cylinder that is protected in a hardened steel housing.” You can pack it tight and carry it where the water bottle would go in its designated case, or just toss it into a backpack. Hardened steel is hard to cut, but more importantly, the tough appearance of the Foldylock may deter would-be thieves just by looking harder than normal to defeat. They’re more likely to move on to the next guy tying his bike with a flimsy chain than they are to try and cut through solid steel.

The Kickstarter is fully funded, but you can still get your own for $80.

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Keep Your Bag Safe No Matter Where You Go

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Shady hostels, back alley bars, public libraries… heck, anywhere can be a bad place to leave your bag unattended. But if you really want to see it when you come back, you could spend a bit of effort protecting it. The Pacsafe steel mesh Bag Protector wraps around your valuables, and allow you to secure them anywhere.

Featuring patented smart eXomesh® cage system, the Pacsafe is an adjustable high-tensile stainless steel locking device, designed to cover and protect a variety of bags and packs from tampering, pilfering and theft.

Perfect for small backpacks, smaller luggage items or those who carry just the bare essentials.

They come in a variety of sizes, and prices seem to start around $60.

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Wrist-worn Mirror Could Make Cyclists A Little Safer

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When you’re on two skinny wheels sharing the road with multi-ton 18-wheelers, you can get a little nervous. Anything you do to increase your level of safety is a good thing, and the Rearviz wrist-worn mirror pictured above is as good an innovation as we’ve seen lately. Featuring a convex mirror for a wider angle of view, the device allows you to see what’s behind you without having to contort yourself away from the road in front. It’s made from waterproof materials and features a pouch to insert contact information as well as medical data that could come in handy if all your precautions fail and you find yourself on the way to the hospital. It comes in two sizes, one for the wrist and the other for the forearm and cost between $23 and $37. However we’re not exactly sure when it’s going to be available.

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Drinkware Can Detect Date Rape Drug

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It’s sad that we live in a world where technology need to be developed in order to avoid being drugged and raped. But there you have it, with chemicals like Rohypnol being colorless and odorless, it’s dismayingly easy to squirt some into someone’s drink. On the other side of the coin, you have Drinksavvy, which aims to put the odds back on your side with their lines of litmus-test drinkware. Whether it’s glasses, straws, or swizzle sticks, the Drinksavvy products will change color if they detect the presence of drugs. News of this has been around for a bit, but what’s different now is that the company recently raised over $50,000 on IndieGogo in order to develop a prototype, as well as to put some actual glasses in backers’ hands. These should be delivered by September of this year, while the company expects a wider availability by mid 2014. Clearly, the success of this product will depend on bars’ adoption of it. You don’t exactly bring your glass on a night out, so it’ll still be an uphill battle for the good folk at Drinksavvy to get their product out there. But if it works as advertised, a smart nightculb owner can easily gain some clientele by touting its safer environment.

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Volvo Sets Out to Build Crash-Free Cars by 2020

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Tens of thousands of people die each year due to car accidents. Often times, people are to blame, but that’s not stopping Volvo from wanting to develop crash-free cars by the year 2020. Volvo isn’t the only carmaker that’s hard at work building safety systems that will provide the driver with additional tools to avoid vehicular accidents.

These systems include: pedestrian detection in the dark, animal detection, road edge and barrier detection, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, self parking, and adaptive cruise control with steer assist.

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This Is A Portable Seatbelt For Buses

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We’ve all thought it: “isn’t it funny that we put our seatbelts on when driving our cars, but don’t even think twice about getting on a huge bus that doesn’t even have them?” Granted, accidents involving buses are rather rare, but they do happen and it’s rarely pretty. So that’s why Blake McCauley and Charles Bedell have created the SafeHarness portable seat belt. It features two loops, one that goes around the seat back and cinches in place, and the other that attaches around your waist. It’s been tested and meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. And although you could theoretically buy your own, the idea is for current bus companies to buy them in bulk and retrofit them to their fleet. It would be much easier and cheaper to do than a regular seatbelt, but obviously it’s an uphill battle to get any company to do anything it doesn’t have to do, and from which it stands to profit very little. So if you do want your own, you can get it for a $60 pledge on Indiegogo, assuming of course that the campaign reaches its funding goals… which seems unlikely with $1,000 raised from a $50,000 goal and only 11 days to go.

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