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ShockBox Is A G-Meter For Potential Head Injuries

Playing contact sports is all fun and games (literally) until someone gets a concussion, or worse. It’s not always easy to tell between the player that’s laying on the ground because he got the wind knocked out of him, or the one that needs medical attention because his brain got a shakeup. The ShockBox is a special sensor that is meant to be placed either on or inside a helmet, and it contains two things: an accelerometer and a Bluetooth radio. Should any one player experience a severe hit, a signal is immediately sent to a paired smartphone (say, the coach’s) with impact data and analysis. It uses long range Bluetooth, so the device has a range of up to 100m, and one smartphone can pair with up to 128 sensors at once. This means you could conceivably monitor an entire team, and provide medical assistance when needed. ShockBox installs with 3M double sided tape, which is provided with your $149 unit. Yeah, that’s a lot of money to fork over when you’re decking out an entire high school football team, but if you’ve got the budget, you don’t want to be skimping on safety.

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Revolights Bring TRON-Like Safety To Your Bicycle

Sharing the road with cars, as a cyclist, is always a risky proposition. Especially at night. There are many products out there meant to increase your visibility, but none quite as cool as the Revolights. They’re a set of LED lights arranged around a hoop that attaches to the front and back wheels of your bike. Sensors detect the speed at which you’re traveling and the LEDs blink on only when they’re passing through a specific arc in the front and back. This creates a static “bar” of light that not only lights the path in front of you, but makes you extremely visible. There are 8 LEDs at 35 lumens, per wheel. That’s a lot, as can be seen in the video below.

The power for the Revolights come from a bracket-mounted Li-Ion battery pack that you attach to each wheel hub. You’re adding 12.3 oz. in heft per wheel, which could be seen as quite a bit by competitive cyclists, but isn’t really that much to the average person. Those batteries will keep the lights on for about 4 hours, which is more than your average bike ride.

The Revolights started out as a Kickstarter project a year ago, which was funded many times over. The company is now selling them at full retail price, which is $250. If you order now, you can still get yours before Christmas.

Revolights™. Now landed. from revolights on Vimeo.

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About To Get Caught In An Avalanche? Stay Afloat With This Airbag System

The power and intensity of avalanches is hard to put in words. No one wants to be caught in one but if it unfortunately does happen, you can be prepared. The Patrol 24 ABS Avalanche Airbag Backpack features two Nitrogen-inflated bags that can be deployed with a rip cord. The idea is that while the avalanche is actually happening, it has much the same properties as a liquid. But once it stops, the snow becomes compacted and if you’re trapped underneath, is sure to asphyxiate you. So you want to do your best to stay afloat so that you’re near the surface when everything ends. That’s why the airbags could save you. Of course it does nothing to prevent you from getting crushed by a felled tree or a rock, but you can try to put the odds on your side.

The system isn’t cheap however, clocking in at an impressive $1,179. Of course at that price, you do get an actual backpack, not just the safety system. But still, you bette be one serious mountain hiker if you’re going to splurge on that.

Hit the jump for more pictures and links.

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ResQMe Keychain Could Save Your Life In Case Of Accident

This product’s been around for a few years, but we’re sure some of you would still love to know it exists. It’s a very special keychain that serves two purposes: to cut your seatbelt and punch out a window in case of a car accident. It’s a horrible thing to think about but it’s entirely possible that after a wreck your seatbelt refuses to detach. Or your door to open. If you have to get out of there fast (sinking into a river, for example), the ResQMe could save your life. The window punch is activated simply by pressing the device against the window: a spring loaded mechanism triggers and launches a carbide tip into the glass, shattering it. Cutting the seatbelt involves inserting it into the slot and pulling across your chest. Easy.

It’s $11 and tiny enough that unless you’re really in love with your current keychain, there’s no reason not to get it. Just in case.

Hit the jump for links and a video featuring a terrible computer animation from the 1920′s or something…

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The XFire Safety Light Lets You Take Your Bike Lane With You

Sharing the road is important, not only with other motorists but with cyclists as well. Not every street has a dedicated bike path and it can sometimes be hard to know just how much space to give the two-wheeled commuters when passing beside them. The XFire taillight has lasers that project two parallel lines on the ground, clearly marking out the space needed to remain safe and comfortable. There’s also 5 strong LEDs at the back so that not only your portable bike path is visible, but the bike itself in the middle of it. At $37, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to add a layer of safety to any after-dark bike ride.

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The Lockey Bottle Safe

Having kids is all fun and games, until they reach their teens and decide to start drinking. You can try to stop them, but you’ll likely be as successful at that as you’ll be trying to take a cat for a walk. At most you can do something to make sure they don’t get into your collection of wines and spirits, with the above Lockey. It’s pretty obvious what it does, isn’t it? Just plug that bottle up, and twist the top to lock it in place. That wine is going nowhere until you dial the combination in.

Well.. in theory. I remember this NYE party at a club once where a bottle of Champagne was passed around and happily ingested by everyone even after the neck had been broken off to get to the bubbly inside. So uh… at least you’ll know you tried.

It’s $20 a lock.

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The Monocle Helps Bicycle Riders Keep Their Organs On The Inside

I’ve become obsessed with riding my bike and have been keeping an eye out for anything related to that. So when I saw the Monocle application/accessory that turns your iPhone into a blinking safety light, I was intrigued. You just pop your phone in a specially made holster that relocates it to the back of you, and the LED strobes at a frequency you determine. There’s a timer, so it won’t keep going even if you forget to turn it off and you get audible and vibrating alerts when the battery is getting low. The makers of the Monocle estimate that a 15 minute ride set at 3Hz will impact your battery by about 7%. You also get a case to protect the iPhone, by the way.

It’s a smart way to put a ubiquitous device to extra use, and could just make the difference between being turned into human spaghetti and making it home in one piece. It’s $18 for the app and the case, on pre-order now with delivery slated for December if they reach their funding goal.

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Helmet Sensor Device Calls For Help When You Crash

If your ride comes to an abrupt end in the city, chances are there will be some living soul calling EMTs quickly. But the same can’t be said if you venture out on some secluded nature path and have a violent encounter with a tree trunk. The ICEdot Crash Sensor is a motion detector that can sense when you’ve crashed, and even evaluate the severity of that crash. Once paired through Bluetooth with its related application, the device will sound an alarm and initiate a countdown. If you don’t deactivate the alarm within the specified time the app will contact your emergency numbers and relay information about your location, as well as how serious a condition you might be in and other critical medical details (diabetes, allergies, etc.). Hopefully this way you won’t bleed out in some ditch. We like it: it’s smart and can’t hit the market soon enough. Unfortunately, availability is slated for “sometime next year” at roughly $200, which isn’t cheap and is pretty far from now, but hey, better late than never.

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Halo Belt Makes Sure You Get Spotted So You Won’t Get Run Over

Halo Belt

Every year, over a million people die due to road traffic injuries and related incidents. Millions more figure in motor vehicle accidents that could have been prevented. In many instances, the accidents only happen because someone was being careless or wasn’t paying attention. Other times, it could be due to circumstances, like the road being too dark or the fact that there was blind corner where people thought there was none.

Now the Halo LED Belt might not be able to prevent all of these types of accidents from happening, but they will be able to make people easier to spot, especially those riding along in their bikes or crossing the road on a particularly dark night. Dubbed as the “World’s First LED Safety Belt”, the LED lighting emitted through thermoplastic polyurethane fiber optics on the belt increases a person’s visibility.

The Halo can also be used when you’re changing a tire on the side of the road or when you’re jogging. You can even use it as a fashion accessory and add to your visibility (and outfit!) during raves or parties.

Hit the jump for a video of Halo X, which are actually two Halo belts quicksnapped together.

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