Airbags for elderly people!(or drunkerds or snowboarders!)

A brilliant idea from some Japanese tech dudes

Ghost Bikes

Just 5 minutes from where I live is a ghost bike: a painted white bicycle that has been locked to a fence to act as a memorial to a recent bike fatality in the area. I ride past it every day and every time I see it I am extremely aware of how easy it is to be destroyed by an oncoming vehicle. It is disturbing but a moving gesture of remembrance and warning to all those on the road and not just to cyclists. The idea of the ghost bike memorial has its roots in St. Louis, Missouri since 2003. The ghostbike.org site it is intended to act as a meeting point for discussion and locates incidents in various cities around the world and was set up by the NYC Street Memorial Project. It is a space where those lost on dangerous streets can be remembered by their loved ones, members of their local communities, and others from around the world. They hope to inspire more people to start installing ghost bikes in their communities and to initiate changes that will make it safer to travel on the streets.

BulletProofBaby viral website

via BulletProofBaby

Guns for girls

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via buzzfeed and The Times


Anti-collision cars(and inflatables!)

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New technology means that cars can avoid colliding with each other, with the potential of reducing crashes. Check out this video of a protective car collision>

How To Reduce The Chances Of Being A Terror Victim

How To Reduce The Chances Of Being A Terror Victim

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The band XX Teens are soon to release their single: “How To Reduce The Chances Of Being A Terror Victim”. They use a variety of security announcements as lyrics to accompany an amusing dystopian depiction of “uberprotection” & “ubersafety” society in their music video.


From The Complete Terrorism Survival Guide: How to Travel, Work and Live in Safety

6. Never check luggage at curbside check-in at airports; carry luggage on board with you, if possible; carry as few bags as possible.

7. Spend as little time at the airport as possible; avoid heavily glassed areas.

8. When flying, wear comfortable clothing and shoes in case you need to quickly evacuate.

9. Try to fly on wide-body planes; terrorists often avoid hijacking them.

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Goggle jackets are the new hoodies!

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A watered down version of some of Vexed Generation’s fashion range (mentioned earlier) have definitely become the new hoodie! The goggle jackets have been produced by a variety of fashion labels including Emporio Armani and Stone Island but have now been copied enough that they are cheap and available to buy for young people. The ultimate in CCTV surveillance protection for the individual!

Check out CP Company’s version too>

‘The School Journey: visible and invisible dangers’

A childs depiction of air pollution and the school journey

Pollution data


Duncan Whyatt and Marion Walker, Geography, Lancaster University

ABSTRACT:

This paper stems from an ESRC funded project that uses a combination of traditional and novel techniques to gain a deeper understanding of the school journey. A group of 30 teenagers were asked to use a customised mobile phone application, which automatically recorded their routes, to take photographs and write texts to describe their journeys. These images and texts were subsequently used in interviews with the teenagers to explore factors influencing the choice of route. In this paper we focus on visible and invisible dangers associated with such journeys and consider how this information may be used in the design of safer journeys.

Download The school journey presentation

C’elle: Stem Cells in Menstrual Blood

Menstrual Cup

A company called Cryo-cell International Inc. has launched its proprietary cryopreservation service, C’elle, which offers women the opportunity to bank stem cells from their menstrual blood. Using a menstrual cup to collect their blood is at the same time offering some vague belief that in the future you might be able to be saved by the possible stem cells collected from it. This company has already been under criticism from scienctists deeming the process to be all ‘hypothesis and hype’.

A caption taken from the C’elle promotional website:

“When it comes to making major life decisions, there is no time like the present. And when it comes to something as important as collecting potentially life-saving stem cells found naturally in menstrual blood, the ideal time is NOW. Thanks to C’elle’s patented technology, and easy-to-use collection kit, you have the reassurance and peace of mind you need, when it comes to collecting, isolating and preserving menstrual blood. Welcome to C’elle – where every month holds a miracle. ”

Read more about C’elle at BBC news and Bionews>

The Museum of Menstruation is unfortunately closed down but check out what the owner has to say about menstruation knickers and his menstrual cup ball gown.

Stab proof school uniforms + hoodies

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A company called Bladerunners produce a range of protective fashion wear including hoodies and tshirts made from Kevlar, a slash resistant material used in protective gear for the police and security teams. In August a number of inner city schools commissioned the company to adapt school uniforms to be slash resistant in reaction to the number of knife crimes within and beyond the school grounds.

See BBC News article here>

Vexed Generation: protective fashion

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PARKA:From the 1997 Autumn Winter collection made from Black ballistic Nylon[the same material used in bullet proof vests]

Vexed Generation are a fashion label that were founded in 1994 by Adam Thorpe and Joe Hunter. Their garment designs each address issues of air pollution, urban CCTV surveillance and civil liberties whilst catering for a performance lifestyle. Specifically utilising respiratory protection, and performance fabrics which are waterproof, breathable, fire retardant and knife retardant.

A quote from Vexed Generation’s 1997 season statement on their archive website:

“A Vexed garment will not clean the air
A Vexed garment will not protect public privacy
A Vexed garment will not change uncivil/civil legislation
A Vexed garment may improve your quality of life.”

Protection

Protection

Images from top left to right: surgical face mask, DXL Protective Helmet, mosquito protective safari suit, bomb disposal vest, germ warfare camo suit, baby buggy mosquito net, isolation chamber accordion sleeves, Israeli Civilian gasmask, potomac emergency escape BioChemical mask

Emergency rescue dogs @ Security and Safety Trade Expo in Tokyo

Emergency dog

A dog wears a rescue jacket and rain coat at a demonstration during the Security and Safety Trade Expo in Tokyo October 17, 2007. The rescue jacket for either a pet dog or cat contains an emergency kit and food, for use in a possible disaster, and the price ranges from JPY 28,000 to JPY 50,000. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN)

from Yahoo news

More images here

More info about the security expo in Japan can be found on their website.

More Animal Protection

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A gas mask for a WWI German Messenger dog.

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A German gasproof portable pigeon container.

Film series: SAFE

SAFE by Todd Haynes

On October 16th, Cindy Weber introduced the film ‘Safe’ directed by Todd Haynes and released in 1995. It is the first film in the program of films co-sponsored by Dukes Cinema and IAS program year New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living. (see film schedule here>)

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