An Always Charging Flashlight That Could Serve As a Centerpiece

The only thing worse than the power outage that has you reaching for a flashlight in the middle of the night is finding that it too is out of power. But the Trioh is a flashlight you don't have to hide away in a drawer, it's designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful, remaining perpetually charged on its… » 8/13/14 10:01am 8/13/14 10:01am

The Rise and Fall of the Fireman’s Pole

Imagine this: it's 3:30 in the morning, and you're deep in some pillowy dreamscape. All is calm; all is serene. Then, a piercing alarm whiplashes your senses: you're awake now, scrambling in the darkness with ten equally frazzled men. In a flurry, boots are pulled on, helmets are snatched off shelves, and you're… » 8/11/14 12:00pm 8/11/14 12:00pm

This Fanny Pack Could Save You From Drowning

Fanny packs fell out of fashion sometime in the mid-1990s, but would you still wear one if it could possibly help save your life? Or, if it meant that when boating or kayaking you didn't have to wear an awkward and uncomfortable vest-style life jacket? Dakine is betting you will with its new unobtrusive waist pack… » 8/05/14 7:54pm 8/05/14 7:54pm

A Better First Aid Kit That Makes Suggestions and Knows What's Missing

Even a well-stocked first-aid kit is all but useless if you crack it open but have no idea what's actually needed for a particular emergency. So these aptly-named Clever Medkits feature a series of buttons and LED lighting that only illuminates the medical supplies needed for a specific injury, and it will even remind… » 7/30/14 1:29pm 7/30/14 1:29pm

Wireless Emergency Lights Can Brighten Up Your Next Power Outage

Public places are equipped with emergency backup lights so that in the event of a power outage people can find their way to safety. So why shouldn't your home have that too? The ReadyBright system from Mr. Beams lets you easily install emergency backup lights all around home—which is probably a minefield of toys if… » 3/07/14 1:20pm 3/07/14 1:20pm

It's Not the Snow, It's Not the Politics: Blame the Car-Dependent City

There's been plenty written about why the South suffered so much from this week's surprise snowstorm. But there's really only one thing to blame: those cold lumps of steel that are still abandoned on the side of the highway. What happened in Atlanta could happen any time, any place where people rely so heavily on cars. » 1/30/14 5:20pm 1/30/14 5:20pm

$14,500 Cabinet Contains Everything You Need To Survive the Apocalypse

For some of us, a couple of inches of snow makes for a lovely summer day. But for others who aren't used to the white stuff, it can wreak havoc on motorways and cause endless headaches. No matter what the emergency it's good to be prepared, and for the price of a small car, you can get everything you'd possibly need… » 1/29/14 5:00pm 1/29/14 5:00pm

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

The Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern Gets a Colorful Follow-Up

What was originally conceived as a cheap rechargeable LED light for parts of the world where the power grid wasn't reliable, turned out to be a huge hit with consumers all over the world after it was unveiled at CES last year. So this year MPOWERD is introducing a slightly more extravagant model of its inflatable… » 1/08/14 11:40am 1/08/14 11:40am

Etón's FRX5 S Has Everything You Need In an Emergency Except Insurance

Your local law enforcement and rescue agencies should be the first people you turn to for help in an emergency situation. But coming in at a close second is Etón Corporation's new FRX5 S weather alert radio which has everything you need to stay informed, stay powered, and even stay entertained when you lose power and… » 1/05/14 4:00pm 1/05/14 4:00pm

Electronic Triage Bracelets Prioritize Who Needs Immediate Care

In a disaster situation, triage and rescue workers typically tag patients with a colored paper bracelet that correlates to the severity of their injury. But a patient's situation can change after being tagged, making it difficult to keep track of who needs what care. So researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have… » 12/05/13 9:39am 12/05/13 9:39am

Fire and Shockproof Coats Protect Your Pooch During a Natural Disaster

The recent natural disasters in Japan have left the country focused on being as prepared as possible for the next event. And that even includes ensuring man's best friends have everything they need to survive an emergency situation, including this elaborate coat that protects dogs from fire, freezing temperatures, and… » 11/21/13 6:00pm 11/21/13 6:00pm

How to Make Your Own Glowing Light Bulbs That Don't Need Electricity

If remembering to keep an emergency flashlight charged is beyond your responsible capabilities, here's a great tutorial on how to make another backup light source that never needs power or batteries. Over on Korean-based Hobby Design there's a relatively simple steb-by-step guide on how to make these glowing silicone… » 11/18/13 1:20pm 11/18/13 1:20pm

This Flashlight Bulb Keeps On Shining During a Power Outage

Everyone knows they should keep a flashlight on hand in the event of a power outage, but how many of us remember to check its batteries, or ensure it's always charged between emergencies? With this brilliant Bulb Flashlight, you never have to worry about such responsibilities, because it's always charged. » 9/16/13 8:46am 9/16/13 8:46am

Ambulances Highjack Car Radios To Let Drivers Know They're Coming

Everyone knows they should pull to the side of the road when an ambulance with its blaring siren approaches. But what if you've got the windows rolled up, the radio blaring, and can't hear it coming? That's not a problem in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where to decrease emergency response times, the ambulances actually hijack… » 6/26/13 5:40pm 6/26/13 5:40pm

A Flood-Powered Gate That Automatically Raises As the Waters Rise

Deploying the improved infrastructure that will hopefully help prevent future tsunamis from devastating Japan is an expensive endeavour. So researchers across the country are developing new and cheaper ways to protect Japan, like this innovative floodgate that deploys automatically when waters come rushing in—no… » 5/28/13 11:33am 5/28/13 11:33am