App visualizes and translates dangerous sounds for the hard of hearing

Because sounds are often the first indicator of a dangerous situation, the hard of hearing are frequently forced to react late. We’ve already seen South Korean-based Moneual create the SCS1000 wristwatch, which can help those who are hard of hearing become more aware of their surroundings, but by focusing on software, our newest spotting has the potential to be of even greater use. The Otosense app translates sounds into visualizations, vibrations, flashes, and other cues for the deaf to see or feel. READ MORE…

Smart power adaptors track seniors’ daily routines to make sure they’re ok

The population of the elderly is growing, and along with it the strain on nursing homes. Even if some seniors value the independence of living in their own home, they can still worry about the lack of help if an accident happens. We’ve previously written about Amulyte, a wearable emergency assistance button that helps seniors let family and caregivers know if they’re in trouble, wherever they are. While this could help the elderly lead more active lives, it comes with the price of having to wear it constantly. Evermind is a new system which tracks the seniors’ use of home devices so that relatives can be alerted to breaks in routine. READ MORE…

This color-changing nail polish could prevent sexual assaults

Online dating has made it easier for complete strangers with shared interests to find each other, but a lack of quality control can mean the services are unfortunately used by criminals, facilitating date rapes. Innovations such as pd.id — the personal drug detection kit — have already aimed to arm women with the ability to detect date rape substances in their drinks. Now Undercover Colors is a startup that’s aiming to develop a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with known date rape drugs. READ MORE…

Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions

There’s a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don’t respect the rules of the road. We’ve already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. READ MORE…

Fire detector for tightly-packed slums alerts at-risk neighbors

In an average-sized home, a smoke detector is useful for sensing the presence of a fire while distinguishing dangerous heat from cooking. However, in the shacks found in the slums of South Africa, for example, ovens aren’t used and standard devices aren’t as suitable for determining real threat. The country’s Khusela startup has now developed a smart detector specifically for shacks, which enable community-wide warnings in the event of a fire. READ MORE…

Car detects if drivers are falling asleep at the wheel, wakes them up

Driving while sleepy can be just as dangerous as drink driving, and yet there isn’t currently a way to test for tiredness in the event of a crash. Marketing campaigns such as Drive Awake have used facial recognition to detect if drivers are falling asleep, but required drivers to take it upon themselves to install the app. Spain’s Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) has now created the Harken project, which places sensors into seatbelts and car seats to track drivers’ alertness. READ MORE…

Multi-tool rape alarm takes photos, sprays mace and calls the cops

Most women hope that they’ll never find themselves in a dangerous situation when walking alone, but the sad fact is that many do. We’ve already seenGuardian Angel — the necklace that sends a fake call to wearers’ phones to give them a way out of uncomfortable advances — which could stop any violence from happening in the first place. But in the case when an attack does happen, The Defender is a small tool that includes an alarm, pepper spray, photo capture and automatic emergency service alerts in one. READ MORE…

QR code badges could help lost seniors find their way home

QR codes are proving to be an enduring method for easily attaching digital information to physical objects, and we’ve seen them used in a variety of ways. Australia’s StrayHat has made it easier for parents to find their kids’ lost stuff with QR code labels, and now a local authority in China has now issued QR code badges to elderly people, enabling passersby to help them back to their home if they get lost. READ MORE…

pd.id is a date rape drug detecting lab in your pocket

Unfortunately, we live in a world where women — and even men — feel more comfortable on a night out if they carry some form of protection against sexual assault. We recently wrote about Guardian Angel, the jewelry that sends a fake call to wearers’ smartphones to help them get out of uncomfortable situations. Now pd.id is a small kit that enables anyone to check if their drink has been spiked. READ MORE…

Taxi fleet to be made kid friendly with safety seats

Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent article on BalticTaxi’s new dedicated service for cyclists, which sees certain cars within the fleet equipped with bicycle roof racks. In an effort to further accommodate the varying needs of their passengers, the company is now adding in child safety seats as standard in selected vehicles as part of its SafeBaby scheme. READ MORE…

Radar sensor for cyclists keeps tabs on dangerous traffic from behind

Cyclists are always advised to keep a clear distance from motorized traffic whenever they can to reduce the chances of collision, but it’s difficult to know when cars from behind are in danger of coming too close. While Japan’s Safety Sight app already warns drivers if they’re heading too quickly towards another vehicle, a new device called Backtracker now aims to save cyclists’ lives by letting them know of dangerous traffic coming from behind. READ MORE…

Necklace fake-calls wearers’ mobiles as an excuse to leave uncomfortable situations

Women experience street harassment on a regular basis, but it takes many forms — some subtle and some less so. We’ve already seen Cuff jewelry include a discreet smart rape alarm that can be activated in the case of an actual street attack, but now Guardian Angel is a necklace or bracelet that can trigger a fake call to wearers’ cell phones to give them an excuse to remove themselves from an uncomfortable situation. READ MORE…

This bike lock alerts emergency services if you have a cycling accident

In the past we’ve seen numerous efforts to bring smart technology to the world of cycling, such as Lock8‘s keyless security system that lets bike owners grant access to friends via their smartphones. Skylock is another device that offers smart locking and theft prevention, but with the added extra of detecting crashes and calling for help if it’s serious. READ MORE…

Marketplace for underground bunkers lets buyers prepare for the end of the world

Although the threat of nuclear warfare dissipated somewhat with the end of the Cold War, there are still plenty of potential modern global crises — terrorist attacks, disease pandemics or financial meltdowns — that continue to sustain demand for protective underground bunkers. Recognizing this fact, Bunker Network is a marketplace that helps connect local underground buildings with those hoping to protect their families if the worst happens. READ MORE…

Print ad is also a wristband that lets parents track their kids on the beach

Back in 2013, FCB Brasil and Nivea teamed up to create the Solar Ad Charger a print ad that engage beachgoers by enabling them to plug in their smartphone to charge it using an embedded, paper-thin solar panel. Now the two have come together again for the NIVEA Sun Kids magazine ad, which can be ripped out and turned into a trackable wristband that warns parents if their kids stray too far. READ MORE…