We’re surrounded by touchscreens now, but hitting the right button on a touchscreen interface can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if you’re trying to type out a lengthy message — my fat fingers are constantly hitting the wrong spot. A California company has come up with a very cool haptic solution that can form temporary physical buttons, guidelines or shapes on a touchscreen.
If you’re going to be hit by a car, try to make it a Volvo. In a move that proves Volvo designers continue to think outside of the box (or at least outside of the car), the safety-conscious auto manufacturer has introduced airbags designed to protect pedestrians who have been struck by a moving vehicle.
The 2013 Volvo V40, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, will be equipped with a large airbag triggered by front bumper sensors. When the vehicle collides with a person, the section of the hood closest to the windshield pops up, and the airbag is released. The airbag covers the area under the raised hood, as well as one-third of the windshield and the lower part of the A-pillar. The V40 also features an automatic braking system, triggered by radar and cameras, that can stop the vehicle if the driver fails to brake when someone steps out in front of the vehicle. Continue reading