Tougher crash testing has exposed the worrying deficiencies in some of the most popular small cars on the market, with safety regulators warning that the shortcomings could lead to head and leg injuries. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put twelve small cars currently available in the US through the small overlap front crash test, which examines how a vehicle holds up to an offset impact such as when hitting a tree or utility pole, and as you can see in the video after the cut, the results aren't good.
We've seen a variety of wristbands targeted towards parents, all of them selling the promise of safety in a world that feels increasingly dangerous. iSwimband is a similar wearable, but one that narrows its purpose down to one specific activity: swimming, and the related prevention of drowning.
Defender has taken connected technology in a different direction than many startups, electing to incorporate it into what is essentially a canister of pepper spray. The device is bid as a connected personal defense system, and has recently been successfully funded through Indiegogo.
What with airbags, electronic stability control, and crumple zones galore, you could be forgiven for thinking there was no safety feature left untouched on the modern car, but Nissan would prove you wrong. The humble rear-view mirror is next in line for a smart update, and as Nissan showed me with its prototype system, the way we look around our car is well overdue a high-tech update.
The TSA's long-reaching arm has gotten longer and just a tad more inconvenient. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has directed its already unpopular TSA force to perform additional security checks on electronic devices, requiring owners to power on their gadgets and disallow the devices from the flight if they are not functional. And, of course, TSA agents can then take the passenger aside for further investigation.
After causing a bit of a worry the last few months, Nest, now owned by Google, is putting its Protect smart smoke detector back on its shelves. And perhaps in an attempt to tide users both old and new into its nest, pun intended, the company has considerably reduced the price required to get one of those devices into your homes.
Automatic for Android, the companion app for the Automatic dongle that pulls telemetry from your car to your smartphone, has finally graduated to v1.0 complete with an exclusive feature iOS users don't get. A beta Android app has been available since early April, but this full version adds Crash Alert and a new "Do Not Disturb" mode.
Google is rumored to be working on a new feature for its Google Search Android app and this one is sure to ruffle a few feathers. The search giant is believed to be working on a certain "KITT" functionality that would offer users always-on, hands-free and, more importantly, eye-free access to Google Search and, by consequence, Google Now.
GM has fixed just 2-percent of the millions of cars it's recalling over the ignition switch issue, blaming a bottleneck in replacement parts and driver apathy for the slow start. Repairs began six weeks ago, after GM admitted that around 2.6m cars could inadvertently lose power - as well as safety features like airbags - thanks to the ignition key twisting too readily while the vehicle was in motion.