The SeaKettle Life Raft Makes Its Own Drinking Water

When I think of post-shipwreck situations, I imagine myself clinging to some shard of wood, encircled by sharks, delirious from the sun and saltwater. But the SeaKettle, which can desalinate salt water, sounds more like a floating hotel room. » 7/20/10 12:40pm 7/20/10 12:40pm

Has a Gadget Ever Saved You From Certain Doom?

I'm talking defibrillators saving your life, GPS rescues, emergency tools that punch out windows in submerged cars—basically anything involving a gadget with a good story attached to it. Tell your tale in the comments. » 1/26/09 5:20pm 1/26/09 5:20pm

Smart Suit Uses GPS and Wi-Fi to Save Lives

The situation is confusing enough when havoc strikes, and when radios aren't working and firefighters don't know where their colleagues are, it gets a whole lot worse. Learning from the communications problems of 9/11, designers solved those problems with this Smart Suit whose embedded sensors transmit the exact… » 10/29/07 10:08am 10/29/07 10:08am