There's an Airbag Hidden Inside This Lightweight Ski Jersey

Dainese has been developing a wearable airbag system the company hopes will help save skiers from broken bones and injuries after a wipeout on the slopes. And somehow, it's managed to fit all of the hardware into a jersey that doesn't look like it adds much bulk or weight to a skier's outfit. Because after all, safety… » 3/06/14 5:20pm 3/06/14 5:20pm

Reusable Airbag Backpack Helps Keep You Alive In an Avalanche (Or Two)

A car's airbags are designed to absorb impact and protect passengers during a crash—and need to inflate immediately on impact. But the airbags that skiers wear to avoid being buried in an avalanche don't necessarily need to inflate as fast. So Black Diamond's new JetForce backpack uses a fan instead of compressed air… » 1/22/14 4:20pm 1/22/14 4:20pm

Honda Made the World's First Smartphone Case With an Emergency Airbag

As long as you're cool with a little extra bulk on your device, it looks like Honda has created a smartphone case like the one Jeff Bezoz was dreaming of. It virtually guarantees your device will survive any fall—and possibly even a head-on collision with a truck. Overkill? Not when you have to wait two more years to… » 12/04/13 7:30pm 12/04/13 7:30pm

Elderly Airbag Turns Old People into Superballs

The large elderly population in Japan has manufacturers clamoring to develop devices to assist them. Not surprisingly, they are coming up with some pretty unique ideas. Take this human airbag, for instance. The airbag system is strapped onto the body and inflates in 0.1 seconds when it detects rapid movement toward… » 9/24/08 7:40pm 9/24/08 7:40pm

Toyota Gosei Creates 360º Airbags, Plus One on the Front for Unlucky…

We've already seen a version of this: Autoliv's hood airbag system, but Toyota Gosei (an offshoot of, no prizes for etc etc, Toyota) has gone one better. As well as protecting the pedestrian from being squished like a bug on a windscreen, it has airbags down the side of the car, both front and back, protecting… » 6/06/08 9:15am 6/06/08 9:15am

Autoliv's Hood Airbag System Saves Dumb Walkers From Dumb Drivers

Autoliv's new Pedestrian Protection System combines a hood that opens to cushion impact and a pair of hood mounted airbags to reduce the risk of serious injury when a car comes into contact with an unfortunate pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist. The tech's safety specs are impressive: "From almost certain death to… » 4/23/08 7:06pm 4/23/08 7:06pm

Wearable Airbags Make Crashing on a Motorcycle a Hilarious Event

Here's a video of a wearable airbag, something designed for people who ride motorcycles and people who are really accident prone. It's essentially a suit that inflates as you're going down, making sure your face doesn't stop your fall into the concrete. It's not due out until 2010, but check out the new video of it… » 3/24/08 6:30pm 3/24/08 6:30pm

Ass/Boobs-Shaped Airbag Turns Car Accidents Into Even More Shameful…

This Takata airbag design is… interesting. Essentially, if you get in a car accident your face will be thrust quickly between two giant, inflatable ass cheeks. Or are they giant breasts? Depending on what you're in to, you could see it either way. In any case, I can certainly see how it would be more comfortable to… » 1/04/08 4:15pm 1/04/08 4:15pm