10 Most Brilliant Inventions of 2007 - R&D Magazine
8. Safe Clothing Limits Sports Injuries
Bikers are safer if they wear protective headgear, but Dow Corning has developed a "suit of armor" for bikers and other daredevils. The fabric used in the Dow Corning Active Protection System is soft and flexible until impacted, when it becomes rigid, not only at the site of impact, but throughout the material, thus protecting the entire area of the body covered. When it bounces back to its soft consistency, it can be laundered and worn again and again. Not just bikers, but other sportsmen and women can be protected from injuries by these fabrics.
9. Rear Bumper Radar/Smart Head Rest Limit Whiplash Injuries
Toyota, no innovation wallflower, has come up with a safety feature that's sure to reduce whiplash injuries and maybe even save a few lives. It's called the Rear Pre-Crash Safety System. A radar system, installed in the rear bumper, comes into play within a millimeter of the car behind when it's within two seconds of rear-ending you. It sets off your warning lights, tightens your seatbelts, and activates the pictured headrest, moving it forward to prevent your head from snapping back after collision. Toyota received an R&D safety award for this device, which is installed in the 2008 Lexus LS. Let's spread the wealth of safety.
10.Lego® Robots Promote Science & Engineering Skills
The toy to buy this holiday season, the Mindstorms NXT, brings you and your kids the next generation of LEGO's. Designed by LEGO and National Instruments, the programmable robot is designed to encourage and enhance engineering and science skills in kids. It looks like quite a challenge for adults as well. Available right now for PC's and Macs at Amazon.com.
I picked my top 10 list from 100 of the top inventions in R&D community. Don't imagine what the others are... check them out. They are all truly awesome.