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Tag Archives: Safety

Sharks ‘Tweet’ When They Get Too Close To Shore

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Because of movies like Jaws, people have become more conscious (and sometimes, overly paranoid) about sharks and whether or not one might suddenly bite them while they’re in the water. Most beaches aren’t infested with sharks, and a lot don’t wander too far out into the shore. That said, sharks do occasionally end up in areas where people are frolicking by the beach, so unless the beach has posted some warnings about it, then there’s no need to fret.

The odds are against most people because they don’t find out that there’s a shark in the waters…until the shark is a few feet away. With this in mind, scientists in Western Australia have devised a different system to alert people of the presence of sharks in the water: Twitter.

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This Is A Batman Motorcycle Helmet

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The motorcycle riders among you with a special hankering for all things Batman will surely get a kick out of the above helmet. It’s made by HelmetDawg and is fully DOT certified, meaning you can don it on your bike while still safe in the knowledge that at least your head will come out of an accident somewhat intact. It’s based off GMax’s GM48S helmet, but the ears and other custom parts are made from “a breakthrough proprietary elastomer (polymer) formula” and are not just cheap stuck-on additions. The rest of the helmet has a bunch of very neat features that people might want in such a product, like adequate venting and room for a communication system. Considering it’s $325, we’re going to call it a decent deal.

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Literal Tail Lights: LED Strips for Horses’ Tails

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Unless you’re truly familiar with the terrain, riding out into the sunset on horseback probably isn’t the safest thing in the world. That doesn’t mean your dreams of doing something that actors do all the time in movies is over. Rather, you just need to get some safety equipment to make that ride a safer one.

Cue the Tail Lights, which are literal tail lights that are meant to be fastened onto the horse’s tail.

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The Only Time Safe Driving is a Game is When ‘RoadWars’ is Fired Up

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Driving isn’t a game. Not only will you be putting your life at stake, but you’ll also be risking the lives of your passengers, other drivers on the road, and pedestrians. Driving this point across is RoadWars, which turns driving into a game. It’s a passive game when you’re driving, since all you’re supposed to do is fire it up and put your phone down while you’re on the road. While it runs, the app keeps track of your driving behavior and doles out rewards for safe driving. It’ll also slap you with penalties if you speed, swerve, or use your phone while you’re driving.

RoadWars is a social game, since you’ll be playing among your friends. Eventually, you’ll be able to figure out who among your crew is the safest driver and who among them needs to pay more attention on the road when they’re driving. Coins are awarded for every ten minutes of “safe” driving. By driving safely on certain roads, you’ll also be able to “claim” them. This is where the social aspect comes in, as you’ll have the chance to “steal” roads that your friends have claimed when you’re not driving.

RoadWars is available for free for iOS devices.

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Protect Your Privates: Radiation-Proof Underwear Released in Japan

Radiation Proof Underwear

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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