It's pretty much an accepted fact that parents are going to worry about their kids getting to the bus stop safely until they reach a certain independent age. It used to be this meant Mom or Dad walking embarrassingly close by. Those dark days are gone with the breakthrough from one high-tech Dad who rigged up a quadcopter to follow and monitor his son's progress.
Electronic gadgets are everywhere — even in our cars. While we may love the convenience, a recent study set out to study one factor in these devices and whether it had an effect on our safety — the font or typeface used to communicate the information we receive.
With more people choosing to ride bikes for their commute, more and more safety features for cyclists are hitting the streets as well. The latest device that has surfaced is created with powerful LED lights and two red lasers to create a highly visible instant bike lane, alerting motorists on how to safely navigate around them.
Google's driverless car team recently decided that they will begin using robot cars on their commute to work, but for most of us such luxuries are still a ways off. In the meantime, Michigan has announced its own test of an automated traffic safety system.
See this bike helmet? No? That's because it's invisible. No, really, it is: that hefty collar that the bicyclist (or whatever) in the above pic is wearing contains a helmet-shaped airbag that deploys on demand to save your skull, and spends the rest of its time out of the way and looking fashionable.
We all know about the dangers of texting while driving, but most young drivers still think they can get away with it. In Belgium, a safety group called Responsible Young Drivers decided to drive the danger home, by asking them to send texts while taking their driving test.
Having to shoulder a wounded comrade is never a question for soldiers, but having a method to do it more efficiently in close combat has been a needed innovation. A new device called an Injured Personnel Carrier (IPC) has now been designed to replace the old over-the-shoulder method by creating a sling — or human backpack — to free up a soldier's hands to navigate evacuation.
The new Volvo V40 proudly offers the world's first production airbag designed not for you or your passengers, but for pedestrians. Now, when you smack into people with the temerity to think that they have the right of way on roads (roads are for cars!), it'll be a much more enjoyable experience for everyone concerned. Or at least, more enjoyable than the alternative.
Unless you live in a fantastic and coordinated city like Portland, Oregon, you're likely familiar with the phenomenon of idiotic traffic lights that conspire to turn red just as you approach to make way for zero cars coming the other way. It's not just annoying, it's also bad for the ol' environment, and intelligent traffic lights could make a big difference.
I've spent a lot of time in small aircraft, and nothing (short of a wing falling off) scares me more than getting into a spin. Good pilots can recover from most stalls and spins given enough altitude, but it's still a very dangerous situation to be in, which is why it's a great idea to design an airplane that sucks at getting into spins in the first place.