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Tsunami Survival Pod

The tsunami that hit Japan in March killed 20,000 people, so that nation is now thinking seriously about how to prepare for this type of disaster. A company called Cosmo Power has responded by developing a floating fiberglass pod that people can jump into in a hurry: Company president Shoji Tanaka says the $3,900 (300,000 yen) [...]

Inflatable Helmet

The Hövding, developed by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, is an inflatable helmet. It’s designed to protect a bicyclist’s head without mussing his/her hair: Hövding is a discreet collar that the cyclist is wearing around his neck. The collar contains a folded airbag which is visible only at a collision. The airbag is designed as a [...]