Personal Safety

robocopp

Personal safety devices can be bulky and hard to use, but the Sound Grenade from ROBOCOPP has been designed like its namesake, the grenade. It's a small device weighing only one ounce that can be clipped to a bag, keychain, clothing, etc. When you pull the pin it will produce a 120 decibel alarm that's [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
text-to-911

Although it is not available in most areas, the FCC has been working on providing everyone in the U.S. access to 911 via text messaging. Those who find themselves in a situation where a voice call may be dangerous or those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or have a speech disability, may find this [...]

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Posted in: News
spot-connect-satellite-phone

Do you spend a lot of time in areas that lack cellular service?  If you do, you can supplement your cell phone with SPOT.  Anytime you find yourself in a remote (or not so remote) area without a usable cellular signal, you can pair your phone to the SPOT device via Bluetooth and "get connected to [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
gifts-of-keychains

Not long after Julie reviewed the Keyport Slide 2.0, I ordered one for myself.  The Keyport Slide is a little plastic rectangle that corrals up to six keys in a compact package - one that doesn't have sharp keys to unexpectedly stab you when you sit with your keyring in your pocket.  If you don't [...]

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Posted in: News, Pocket Gear
brutus-self-defense

One of the things taught in women's self-defense classes is to put your keys between your fingers and use them as a stabbing tool if you are ever attacked.  If you fix your keys between your fingers before you ever open that door, you'll be ready, but it's not always so quickly done if you [...]

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Posted in: News, Pocket Gear
survival-pucks-2

Each of these little 3.25" diameter X 1.1" thick canisters contain emergency supplies.  The containers are made of 5000-series aluminum and have knurled screw-on lids; they are waterproof and have waterproof labels.  When you pull the label off, the the lid is a serviceable signal mirror.  What's inside these little canisters are the kits that can [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
travelon-anti-theft-convertible-hobo-and-wallet-2

Travelon, as you can guess from the name, makes great bags for traveling - around town or around the world.  This particular wallet and bag combination is perfect for protecting your valuables and your personal data as you go about your daily travels.  The Travelon Anti-Theft Convertible Hobo with RFID Blocking Wallet are made of 100% polyester. [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear
tempo-wearable-monitor-for-seniors-2

Do you have an aging parent or relative who wants to live on their own, but you are concerned about fading health?  They don't want to live with you or in an assisted living facility, but you'd like a way to know what is happening with them on a daily basis?  There are various monitoring devices [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
personal-drink-id-2

My daughter is leaving for college soon, and I reminded her of two things:  1) She's too young to drink alcoholic beverages, and 2) never drink anything at a party or gathering unless she broke the seal on the bottle or can herself and it has never left her hand and her direct sight.  Too [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
biking-glowes-kit-2

Bicycles don’t usually come with lights on them, and the add-on kits are usually either reflectors or lights that just alert drivers that someone is cycling in front of them.  During the day, you can use the hand signals you learned in driver’s ed classes to indicate when you will be making a turn, but [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News
travelon-signature-crossbody-2

This cross-body bag from Travelon is big enough, and has a padded pocket for, an iPad or similarly-sized tablet, plus it has room for your other daily gear.  This main compartment locks, to make it harder for a pickpocket to quickly grab things out of your bag.  The Anti-Theft Signature Cross-Body Bag has other features [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear
powerspurz-shoe-lights

If you walk/run, ride a bike, or do other outdoor activities at night, you need to make sure you're visible to motorists.  There's a lot of reflective clothing on the market, but they may not suit you for one reason or another.  With the PowerSpurz from 4id, you can add lights to your own shoes, [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
sprinkler-key-holder-1

Having a spare key available in case you lose yours is a good idea, but not so good if you just "hide" the key under the door mat or in one of those plastic rocks that just scream "key inside!".  The Sprinkler Head Hide-a-Key will blend in with the other sprinkler heads in your landscaping, [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
cufflinc-security-jewelry

Coming in Fall 2014, this line of jewelry from Cuff will allow you to create a safety link between you and your loved ones.  Each piece of jewelry incorporates the CuffLinc wireless device that connects with an app running on your iOS device that can send an alarm and a location to your loved ones. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
tail-lights-safety-lights-for-horses

I always cringe a little when I'm driving along and see horses and riders sharing the road.  It's not because I don't like horses or don't want to share the road.  It's because I'm always afraid that something will happen and a horse or rider will be injured or worse because someone in a car [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear, Pet Gadgets