If you've got years of camping experience under your belt, you're probably able to just tune out those things that go bump in the night. But if you only head out into the great outdoors once a year for a weekend camping trip, you'll appreciate the CampGuard lantern which will stand guard and automatically sound an alarm to scare off forest intruders.
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Not long ago, I asked you for your picks of the worst sounds that technology has cursed us with. You answered with the shrill, shreiking screams of text across the internet. And here are a few of the standouts from our collective list of the most unappealing blips and bloops.
If you're someone who regularly washes your hands after going to the bathroom, statistics say that at least one of the people sitting on either side of you does not. And since personal hygiene clearly isn't motivation enough for these bathroom bandits, Safeguard is resorting to good, old-fashioned public shaming to get the job done.
Once you officially make the switch from child to parent, the holidays suddenly become a remarkably stressful time of year. There's decorating, shopping, baking, socialising, and of course keeping a watchful eye on presents so your kids don't figure out what's under that wrapping paper — a task made considerably easier now that someone's re-branded a simple siren-equipped motion sensor as a gift alarm.
A course will teach you how to use your keys as a weapon, but when you're under attack and panicking, protecting yourself with a keyring isn't as easy as it sounds. So the Hit, from Unikia, combines a loud audible panic alarm with a pop-up holder that turns a key into a switchblade that's easier to wield as a weapon.
For all of the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the former, a 9.0 magnitude beast called “Tohoku,” could have claimed far more lives. The reason it didn’t? Since 2007, Japan has had an early warning system — conceived 10 years ago at Caltech — which California still hasn’t managed to set up. And while it only gives about a minute notice, it's a minute Californians currently don't have.