California opens investigation into Tesla factory safety

Tesla has been struggling lately to meet its automotive production targets, vowing to run its Model 3 factories "24/7." Unfortunately, they might also be underreporting serious workplace injuries, labeling them "personal medical" to avoid penalties....

FedEx will use smart glasses to help pilots land in emergencies

Smoke is understandably a serious danger for aircraft, and not just in life-threatening situations -- the FAA notes that there's typically one smoke-related landing per day. But how does the pilot land with a smoke-filled cockpit where they might not...

Tesla turns the helicopter electric!

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I don’t see an immediate need for Tesla to be building helicopters, but I wouldn’t put it past Mr. Musk, a man who has in his career, built a payment gateway, an electric car and battery company (and solar power), a spaceflight and research company, a brain+computer interface company, and a company that plans to create complex underground tunnelways under urban civilization because ‘traffic in LA is a drag’. The last one also venturing into the flamethrower market.

Antonio Paglia sure seems to think the Tesla Helicopter is well on its way. Built in a time where Tesla’s batteries will be able to power large manned airborne vehicles, the Tesla Helicopter carries the company’s DNA, both physically and spiritually. Designed for efficiency and speed, the Helicopter would do well in departments like safety and patrol, allowing the administration to effectively patrol the skies and ground while even in some cases offer assistance in an emergency. Thoughts, Mr. Musk?

Designer: Antonio Paglia

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New Technology Can See Through Fog

There’s been a lot of buzz in the media this past week about the first ever pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. While there was clearly some kind of failure to see the pedestrian by both the system and the safety driver, self-driving car systems are generally quite good at detecting pedestrians and other objects in clear weather. One thing that today’s autonomy systems (and humans) can’t do well is see through fog. But that may soon change, thanks to a new technology being developed by MIT engineers.

Researchers out of the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab developed a new imaging method which uses short laser bursts to detect the distance and shape of objects even when they’re completely obscured by fog. A camera counts up the number of light particles that reach it at a regular interval, which gives the system enough information to compute the depth and distance of objects.

The current version of the technology can only penetrate about 22 inches of fog, but the fog used in the test was far denser than what is typically encountered on the road. With some enhancements, it’s possible that the system could work far enough ahead on a foggy road to make a difference in vehicular safety. Keep in mind that this kind of technology might not just help self-driving cars be safer, but it could make driving in fog safer for human drivers by alerting them to obstacles they can’t see with the naked eye.

An awesome-looking awesome-sounding bike bell

The title pretty much says what I have to about Spurcycle’s bell. It’s refreshingly different, with its clean look, clean sound, and compact size. It is to bike bells what Ariana Grande is to vocalists… Tiny, beautiful, and an absolute pleasure to the ears.

Made in the USA out of precisely engineered stainless steel and brass components, the Spurcycle bell has a brilliant, resounding, long chime sound that sounds extremely pleasing rather than the annoying trill of most bike bells. The sound has a great pitch, and becomes loud for a bit before fading to silence over a span of 8-10 seconds. Available in brushed metal and coated black versions, the Spurcycle bell also comes with a lifetime warranty, because with a bell that’s so pleasing to look at and listen to, you’ll probably want it for life!

Designer: Spurcycle

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A headrest for your hardhat

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Walk into my house and you’ll see my helmet lying somewhere on the floor of my living room. I’ve got no other place to keep it! It occupies too much real estate on tabletops, and doesn’t really fit on the coat-hanger, so the only option I have is to have it resting on the floor somewhere. Marc Graells, the designer of the Halley Helmet Stand had a similar disposition. “I was fed up with spending money on my helmet to then have it hidden in a cupboard or torn by a traditional hook. I take pride in my bike and my helmet on the road and I wanted to bring that into my home. I was looking at the racks out there but nothing met my expectations, I wanted something functional that would look after my helmet but also stylish.”, he said.

The Halley displays your helmet in full glory, while making sure its spherical resting area doesn’t damage the inner lining of the helmet. Made to look like a decorative element without the helmet, but recede into the background and let the helmet shine when placed on it, the Halley Helmet Stand knows when to look aesthetic, and when to be functional. And it’s so much better than storing your helmet in your cupboard… or keeping it on the floor (who, me?).

Designer: Halley Accessories

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