Batteries Made With Bulletproof Kevlar Fibers May Never Explode

One of the most common reasons that batteries explode and catch fire—like on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner—is because over time small conductive pathways grow inside the battery's inner structure that eventually cause it to short out with disastrous results. But Nicholas Kotov, a professor at the University of Michigan, and… » 1/27/15 8:15am Tuesday 8:15am

How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Warm This Winter

You wouldn't venture nearly naked into the frozen wastes of your neighborhood during the dead of winter just to use the outhouse, so why do you expect your dog to? This winter hasn't been nearly as intense as last year's snowpacalypse, but it's still a dangerous time of year for pets. Here are the tips and tech… » 1/10/15 2:00pm 1/10/15 2:00pm

A Smart 9-Volt Battery Adds Phone Notifications to Any Smoke Detector

There are plenty of smart smoke detectors on the market that connect to your home's Wi-Fi network to provide smartphone notifications when there's trouble, but they're an expensive upgrade to the dumb smoke detector you've (hopefully) already got watching over your home. The $40 Roost promises pretty much the same… » 1/07/15 7:20pm 1/07/15 7:20pm

This Smart Rubber Duckie Makes Bathtime Even More Fun (and Safer)

Before you roll your eyes at yet another smart device that didn't really need a smart upgrade, Edwin might convince you that the world is actually a better place with a smart rubber duckie in it. With a Bluetooth connection to your phone and an internal temperature sensor it can alert parents when the temperature of… » 1/07/15 3:34pm 1/07/15 3:34pm

The Long Tentacle on This Wireless Sensor Alerts You To Water Leaks

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than worrying about what might be happening in your home while you're away, and security cameras and motion sensors don't always spot every problem. For a little more peace of mind, D-Link's new Wi-Fi Water Sensor features a long flexible cable that can detect and immediately alert… » 1/04/15 10:33pm 1/04/15 10:33pm

With a 2-Year Battery, This Wireless Motion Sensor Can Go Anywhere

The best way to protect your home from intruders is a network of motion sensors monitoring every square inch of your abode. D-Link's new Z-Wave Motion Sensor not only makes that possible, it makes it impossibly easy, since the wireless sensor features a built-in battery that's good for up to two years of continuous… » 1/04/15 10:30pm 1/04/15 10:30pm

Chevrolet Vehicles Will Soon Predict Breakdowns Before They Happen

Through the use of in-vehicle sensors and the OnStar system, General Motors' customers already get monthly updates on the health of their vehicles and alerts to potential problems. But the company is now looking to take preventative vehicle maintenance even further with a new system that promises to pinpoint potential… » 1/04/15 7:00pm 1/04/15 7:00pm

Volvo Created a Bike Helmet That Warns Drivers About Nearby Cyclists

Though they share the road, bikes and vehicles don't always play nice together. So Volvo, known for making some of the safest cars on the road, has helped develop a new safety helmet that lets bikes and vehicles communicate so that both cyclists and drivers are aware of each other when in close proximity—even if they… » 12/19/14 10:30am 12/19/14 10:30am

The Government Admits Drone Rules Won't Be Ready Until at Least 2017

It looks like we'll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it's going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government… » 12/10/14 12:55pm 12/10/14 12:55pm

Drones Fly Too Close to Airplanes 25 Times a Month

With more drones in the air than ever before, there are more chances for the unmanned, under-regulated flying machines to collide with planes and helicopters flying over U.S. airspace. Close encounters and even near-misses happen more often than you would think: about 25 times a month, in fact. » 12/08/14 3:25pm 12/08/14 3:25pm

TGI Friday's Dumb Mistletoe Drone Cut Somebody's Face Open

When TGI Friday's announced a promotion involving mistletoe-toting drones flying around inside its restaurants, the idea seemed both dumb and unoriginal. Now, that the restaurant's gimmicky marketing campaign has shed blood in Brooklyn, it just seems dangerous. And TGI Friday's isn't even taking the blame! » 12/08/14 11:35am 12/08/14 11:35am

Wine Bottle Fire Extinguishers Hide In Plain Sight On Your Counter

A fire extinguisher is only as useful as you're able to easily find it in an emergency. And being stashed under the kitchen sink means there's the risk it's not only hard to access, but might need recharging as well. So Greg Mockett created a camouflaged fire extinguisher shaped like a bottle that can be left on your… » 12/05/14 12:13pm 12/05/14 12:13pm

This Kid-Proof Outlet Wouldn't Power Up Until You Plug Something In

Any household with small roaming humans inevitably has to block its electrical sockets from tiny probing fingers. But most of the childproof measures out there—plastic plugs, sliding faceplates—can still be impregnated by determined hands. This outlet prototype wouldn't supply any electricity to its sockets until a… » 11/19/14 5:40pm 11/19/14 5:40pm

Networked Guns Are a Smarter Attempt to Keep Cops In Check

It seems insane that it's taken this long to get here, but at long last, people are finally using the myriad tech at our disposal to hold cops accountable for their actions. Most recently, its a simple, relatively tiny chip being put to one massively important job—telling headquarters every time a police officer fires… » 11/13/14 6:24pm 11/13/14 6:24pm