Airbag Infused, Rip Resistant Jeans for Motorcyclists Coming Soon?

Riding on just two wheels without any kind of protective shell, motorcycles are far more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle. In the US one riding a motorcycle is 28 times more likely to die in an accident.

Believe it or not innovations in airbags for motorcyclists are coming.

16 years ago and in collaboration with Harley-Davidson Sweden Moses Shahrivar designed a pair of motorcycle jeans that included a protective leather lining. Now Shahrivar is advancing things further—his company Airbag Inside Sweden AB has come out with a prototype pair of anti-rip jeans that have airbags inside the legs!

The riding connects the jeans to their bike and if they fall from their motorbike the airbags will be triggered. Then they will fill with compressed air which will take part of the impact away from the lower body.

Shahrivar says that the air bags can be deflated, re assembled and filled with more compressed air.

Safety tip for handling bar and QR codes

Don’t throw away items such as boarding passes, driver’s licenses, credit cards, or anything that has a bar code, QR code, data matrix, or postal code. They should be shredded. There are all kinds of shredders available, even those that will shred credit cards. They may hold more information than you realize. So what? Someone could use this website to decode the information and learn more about you.

This article tell about the information someone found from his boarding pass. It showed his name, frequent flyer number, other personal info, and his record locator. Using this, the account with the airline can be accessed. Future flights were seen as well. Seats can be changed, a PIN number reset. If someone really wanted to get into it they can figure out more of your information. They would have your address and know of a future flight so your home could be robbed.

Smartphone Kill Switch

In 2015, smartphones will start coming equipped with a “kill switch.” This will allow users to remotely disable their smartphones and wipe the data. Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft with the five largest cellular carriers in the US have signed on voluntarily to the program.

All smartphones manufactured for sale after July 2015 must have this technology. This would deter thieves from taking mobile devices as they are rendered useless. HTC, Motorola, Nokia are among other makers who have signed up.

Users can erase contacts, photos, email and other personal information and lock the phone so it can’t be used without a password. The data will be retrievable if the owner recovers the phone.

Critics have accused cell phone carriers of being reluctant to do this as they would lose revenue from replacing and activating stolen phones.

Jody Victor