safety stories

 
Designer Ho-Tzu Cheng has an interesting — if a little high-tech — solution to eliminate the blind spots in cars. A lot of modern vehicles have a rear-facing camera so you can see what's behind you. Cheng wants to expand that to cover the sides, too, and put it right where you can plainly see it: the top of your windshield.
 
Falling asleep while at the helm of a few tons of metal and plastic going 60 miles-per-hour doesn't end well, but there's little the modern car can do about it. If it, say, stopped itself suddenly it could become a hazard to other drivers. The Eyetracker system knows it's not on the car, though — it's on you to drive safe.
 
Electric cars have a lot going for them, but pedestrians sometimes fear them for their lack of noise. If you're crossing the street, and an EV is coming at you, chances are you won't hear it coming. Automakers have responded by installing noisemakers (some incredibly cool), including Toyota, which just unveiled one for its popular Prius. One problem: it's optional.
 
We all love those silent hand/finger gestures Special Ops teams use in the movies when they're about to attack. Now a pair of high-tech gloves gives firefighters the same kind of cool hand-speak in the service of saving lives.

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