Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How Natural Disasters can lead to Great Product Invention

Back in March 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami devastated northern Japan, it was hard to find the silver lining for those who had pretty much lost everything due to the natural disasters.

But one innovative person was able to create some good out of a horrific situation through product invention.

Shoji Tanaka, an inventor and president of Cosmo Power—a Japanese engineering company--who worked as a volunteer in Japan’s disaster zone, told the New York Times that he was “appalled by the horrifying damage.” What he saw while supplying those in need with clothing and helping clean up the carnage, prompted Tanaka to invent a product intended to save lives in the event of naturals disasters that are on a similar scale in the future.

“It spurred me to work hard to complete Noah,” Tanaka told the New York Times.

“Noah” is Tanaka’s disaster-proof pod that is intended to hold up to four people and withstand the impact of a tsunami.

Tanaka’s invention is properly named, as it essentially serves as a modern-day Noah’s Ark. This bright-yellow, globe-shaped pod is 4 feet in diameter and is made of fiber-reinforced plastic that can withstand blows from a sledgehammer and survive a 33-foot drop.

Although it’s certainly not for the claustrophobic, the pod can fit up to four people.

The Noah pod is not intended to shelter people for long. Tanaka’s hope is that it provides a “temporary refuge” for those that are in jeopardy of being swept away by the rushing flood waters caused by a tsunami. The idea is that once in the pod individuals can float along and be carried by the water for a few hours until help arrives. Small air ducts in the pod make it possible to breathe and there is even a small window so passengers can see outside.

But not everyone is going to be able to afford Noah. Once the product hit the market, it was sold for about $3,800. There is also a two-person Noah survival pod available for around $10,000.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

High-Tech Inventions that Keep Babies Safe and Healthy

September is here and that means it’s time for Baby Safety Month. In order to celebrate, Tristar Inc. Products review some of the best high-tech inventions on the market that keep babies safe and healthy.

SmartThings Door and Window Sensors
Keeping your baby secure is a top priority. Never worry about intruders or anyone entering your baby’s room with door and window sensors from SmartThings. The main hub usually cost about $99 and each sensor then cost about $40. SmartThings offers a variety of sensors to fit your needs and that will allow you to monitor the windows and doors that access your baby’s room.

Nest Protect
You should already have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors installed in your house, but Nest Protect offers an all-in-one detector that changes its alerts based on the situation. Its carbon monoxide detector is supposed to last for 10 years and is currently one of the most accurate of its kind on the market.

Smart Baby Monitor
Smart technology from companies like Nokia has made it possible for parents to take the next step when it comes to monitoring their baby.  You can find baby monitors that hang over cribs and have cameras, allowing parents to see and hear their baby even when not in the same room.

Owlet Smart Sock
The Owlet Smart Sock is a wearable piece of technology that monitors a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they’re sleeping. This sock connects to your iPhone and allows parents to accurately keep up with the health of their baby.

Pacif-i is a smart pacifier intended for children ages three and under. It records a child’s temperature as they suck on the pacifier. It then sends the information to the parent’s smartphone via Bluetooth technology.

Mesh Window Guard
Metal bars on windows to keep kids from opening them can make your house look like a baby prison. These mesh window safety guards from Kidco will give you a safe window without ruining the d├ęcor of your home.

Hands-Free Gate

Whether you’re carrying your baby or a bag of groceries, bending down to open a baby gate with your hands can be a daunting task. But thanks to the hands-free gate, parents can now use their foot to open the gate that keeps their baby safe and secure.