Special Door Designed To Protect You During Earthquakes

by Ally

If you regularly deal with earthquakes or anticipate that there will be a big one within your lifetime, you’ll appreciate this new design.  It was created in anticipation of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake possibility hitting the city of Istanbul by the year 2030.  This door will not only keep you safe during an earthquake, but it also will prolong your life should you become trapped in your home.

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Lum Smoke Detector with emergency lighting

by Ally

Smoke alarms are such a normal sight that you don’t even notice them hanging from walls and ceilings anymore.  However, no one can ever claim that they’re an attractive addition to your home, they just happen to be incredibly useful.  This smoke alarm design is even more useful, plus it could actually be somewhat hidden from sight.

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Cardboard Camera Recreations

by Ally

We’ve grown used to our polished gadgets with plastic and metal casings.  Yet, one man enjoys making his cameras out of something entirely different.  Instead of hard metal pressed up against your eye, he’s making fully functioning cardboard cameras.  It’s be a bit of a change from the usual, but you’d definitely stand out from the crowd.

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Life-saving Bazooka wins James Dyson Award

by Mark R

In a situation where there is a drowning victim, having a boat nearby doesn’t always help. In fact, the drowning victim’s life usually hinges on the strength and accuracy of someone’s throwing arm. Here is a better way to throw a precious life-ring: shoot it with this bazooka. I have a video of the Longreach after the jump so you can see the basic concept. Some of you might be …

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Have a heavy lifting job? Call a Skylifter.

by Mark R

Believe it or not, what you see in this image here is a blimp. Yes, I realize that most blimps are cigar-shaped, and this one is more like a frisbee on a pole, but this Skylifter has an advantage over most conventional airships: it can lift 150 tons. Don’t ask me what you would possibly lift with such a device, but this is 700 times the load of a heavy …

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Writhing Umbilical Cord iPhone Charger

by Ally

Umbilical cord and iPhone are two things I couldn’t possibly see landing in the same sentence, much less a gadget article’s title.  However, I should have known that the iPhone is capable of bridging all sorts of weird gaps.  The media artist Mio I-zawa has managed to create the strangest iPhone accessory I’ve come across.  Instead of plugging your iPhone into the usual cord, just imagine hooking it up to …

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Your next Wi-Fi signal provider: Flying robots

by Mark R

I’m sure that many of you have had the problem of losing a Wi-Fi signal for your laptop. Instead of using the access point at your local library or coffee shop, have you considered flying robots? This is SMAVNET (Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network), a project from Swiss-based lab EPFL, and I have included a video of their progress after the jump so you can see how it works. The …

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Levytator takes escalators to a whole new level

by Mark R

I’m sure you have noticed that using an escalator can traditionally take you up or down, and in a straight line. The Levytator (pronounced like levitate-or) is designed to take escalators to all sorts of dimensions. As you can see in this picture, these escalators are very curved. There is a video of this technology after the jump so you can see it demonstrated. You can see that an escalator …

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