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Last year, a company called Darkside Scientific wowed us with an electroluminescent paint known as LumiLor that was completely invisible under lights, but glowed with a bright intensity in the dark. And now the company has revealed an even cooler application of LumiLor: Giving a Tesla S \ an animated, glowing paint job.
If you’re looking for an act of futility, try keeping a couple of young kids comfortable in the back of a car during a long road trip. There’s an infinite number of sources of discomfort they will eventually find, but with this long plush tube that redirects an air conditioning vent directly to the back seat, being hot won’t be one of them.
It’s well known that you’re far more likely to get ripped off at a mechanic than at a restaurant. So why do we park our kids in front of tiny plastic kitchens to make imaginary meals when they could be learning important auto repair and maintenance skills instead? This engine repair set could actually end up saving them thousands of dollars when they’re old enough to own a car.
There are plenty of distractions you should be ignoring while driving, like your smartphone. But others, like your infant in a car seat behind you, you simply can’t ignore. So instead of taking your eyes off the road to turn around and check on them, or futzing with your rear-view mirror, the Always in View straps a covert wireless camera to any seat, sending a constant live-view of junior to a display on your dashboard.
Instead of finding ways to help reduce stress, long hours at work and other contributing factors to our increasing levels of fatigue, researchers have just accepted the fact that we’re all perpetually tired, and are instead focusing their efforts on ensuring we don’t fall asleep at the wheel. And the latest innovation for preventing that is heart monitoring car seats that have a pretty good idea of when drivers are getting drowsy.
If you’re an off-roading enthusiast you’ve probably already seen those kits that let you replace your truck’s wheels with a set of four tank treads for tackling any terrain. The Track N Go is the same idea, except that you don’t need a garage, a lift, or any kind of mechanical know-how to install them. You just drive your vehicle onto the treads, lock them in place, and away you go.
Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they’re going to have the exact car you’re looking for, with the right options, in the right colour. How do you know if it’s what you want if you can’t see it with your own eyes? With this new tool for the Oculus Rift, that might not be a problem anymore.
They have been a popular option for pet owners taking road trips with their dogs in Sweden for the past decade, but these wonderfully over-engineered Variocages are finally available in North America. Like your car, the cages are designed with crumble zones to absorb impacts during a crash, providing extra protection for your dog inside.