Heart Rate Monitoring Car Seats Keep You From Drifting Off

Instead of finding ways to help reduce stress, long hours at work, and other contributing factors to our increasing levels of fatigue, researchers have just accepted the fact that we're all perpetually tired, and are instead focusing their efforts on ensuring we don't fall asleep at the wheel. And the latest… » 7/15/14 9:21am 7/15/14 9:21am

Conductive Paint Reveals the Faults in Our Concrete Structures

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but in this case it's more like tons and tons of the latter. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a sort of "sensing skin" that can make it easier to detect faults and damage in concrete structures before they fail and need serious… » 7/09/14 10:20am 7/09/14 10:20am

DIY Fireworks Instructions From the 1920s Were Ridiculously Unsafe

Americans love things that sparkle, things that glow, and especially things that blow up. So it makes sense that on America's birthday, we take great pride in our various spectacles of light and noise. Today, there are countless YouTube videos and how-to websites showing how to create your own firecrackers and… » 7/04/14 1:32pm 7/04/14 1:32pm

Radar For Your Bike Gives You Long-Range Eyes on the Back of Your Head

When you're riding a bike, the world is an endless barrage of obstacles, hazards, and other vehicles sharing the road you need to avoid. Mirrors let you keep an eye on what's going on behind your cycle, but the Backtracker promises to spot vehicles up to 450 feet away using radar, and warn you to get out of the way… » 7/02/14 1:20pm 7/02/14 1:20pm

A Dog Cage With Crumple Zones Protects Your Pup During a Car Accident

They've been a popular option for pet owners taking road trips with their dogs in Sweden for the past decade, but these wonderfully over-engineered Variocages are finally available in North America. Like your car, the cages are designed with crumble zones to absorb impacts during a crash, providing extra protection… » 6/26/14 12:20pm 6/26/14 12:20pm

A Terrifying PSA Scares Moviegoers Into Never Texting and Driving Again

Sometimes experience is the best way to learn, but when it comes to driver safety, it's not like you can have a deadly accident more than once. But you can come close, as Volkswagen demonstrated with this highly effective interactive PSA it revealed to unsuspecting moviegoers in Hong Kong. » 6/09/14 4:52pm 6/09/14 4:52pm

A Car Seat With Retractable Stroller Wheels Frees Up Trunk Space

In addition to kissing all of their free time goodbye, new parents also have to get used to every inch of space in their home being filled with baby gear. But not their car, because the Doona is a clever car seat that features a set of retractable stroller legs and wheels so nothing has to go in the trunk—except boxes… » 5/27/14 4:40pm 5/27/14 4:40pm

An Anti-Kidnapping Watch Band Hides the Tools You'll Need to Escape

The odds of the average citizen getting kidnapped are pretty low, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for such a scenario. This $20 anti-kidnapping band that attaches to any watch strap should appeal to the well-prepared and paranoid alike, since it hides a set of basic tools for escaping from handcuffs,… » 5/16/14 2:40pm 5/16/14 2:40pm

Color-Changing Markers Let You Know When a Hot Drink Has Safely Cooled

The markers used by baristas at coffee shops to label cups might soon be useful for more than just identifying your drink. Inspired by the experience of burning your tongue on overly hot coffee, the Ink N Drink markers contain heat-sensitive ink that lets you know which drink is yours, and if it's safe to sip yet. » 5/13/14 9:20am 5/13/14 9:20am

This Superheroic Train Keeps New York City's Subway Safe

You probably don't realize it, but, at any given hour on any given day, a small yet incredibly sophisticated train armed with cameras, lasers, and ultrasound equipment is sliding around New York City's subway system inspecting the tracks. It looks a little bit like Optimus Prime, and, like the good Transformers, it's… » 5/06/14 10:00am 5/06/14 10:00am

All You Need to Track Driver Fatigue Is a Smarter Steering Wheel

To prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel and potentially causing deadly accidents, researchers have developed everything from smartphone apps, to intelligent bracelets, to even facial tracking dashcams. But scientists at Washington State University have come up with a much cheaper method that simply… » 4/25/14 10:54am 4/25/14 10:54am