You know all those sexy concept cars that we post about but you'll never be able to buy? Part of the reason that you can't buy them is that many of the sexiest are horrendously unsafe. Putting airbags in the roof instead of the dashboard could free up space for slimmer lines and more gadgetry without killing you in the process.
As someone who has survived two house fires as a child, I've often wondered if having a fire extinguisher, with its sometimes unwieldy in a panic situation firing mechanism, would have helped. Today, there is a much simpler, and quicker solution for such situations.
Everybody should have explosion-resistant windows. You know, just in case your house gets assaulted by kids with baseballs, tornadoes, or rogue cruise missiles. The University of Missouri has come up with some new glass that's super strong, very thin, and perfectly transparent.
Until we get the robot cars we've been waiting for, sleeping and driving just don't mix. The Anti Sleep Pilot is a gadget that lives on your dashboard and does its level best to keep you awake and safe while you're behind the wheel.
More American's than ever are struggling with their weight, but who knew that our cars are also suffering from an obesity epidemic?
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.
This is the Hövding ("chieftain" in Swedish). It looks silly, yes, but before you write it off as some silly concept, realize that this thing is a working prototype. There's even a video to prove it.
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.
Are you seriously concerned about earthquakes? Perhaps you live right directly on top of a major fault line. Perhaps you are insane and paranoid. But either way, you're gonna need some protection, protection like this earthquake shelter door.
When I used to work as a computer tech, I spent a lot of time pulling out and pushing in plugs. For the most part things went pretty smooth, but every now and then my fingers would touch the metal and I'd get an unpleasant shock.