• We have all seen high-speed police chases on TV. And statistics show that they’re as dangerous as they appear. 360 people are killed each year because of chases, according to a 2010 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Now, StarChase, a Virginia-based law enforcement technology company, wants to halt those risky pursuits with a device straight out of a James Bond movie.

    The company’s device is a launchable GPS tracker that is mounted onto the grill of a police car. When a suspect flees in a vehicle, an officer can fire a small sticky GPS tracker onto the suspect’s car.

    “Law enforcement uses this technology in situations where they have a high-risk vehicle,” said Trevor Fischbach, StarChase’s president. “That could be a stolen car, a car that has narcotics in it, it could be a DUI suspect.”

    The GPS module is coated with an adhesive and won’t fall off. The officer then tracks the suspect with mapping software without having to engage in a potentially dangerous

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  • We have all seen beautiful examples of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, but when was the last time you wore a piece of origami?

    Horatio Yuxin Han wants the answer to be “today.

    Han, a recent graduate of the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, has created Unifold, a pair of origami-like shoes. And unlike origami, folding a Unifold shoe is a 2-minute cinch. Simply cut, fold and wear them outside.

    “The idea started when I first became interested in the shoe industry and was surprised how difficult one shoe was to make,” said Han, 23. He explained that one mass-produced shoe is assembled in 20 steps and requires an assembly line of factory workers.

    Surely there’s an easier, and cheaper, method, he thought.

    After researching traditional shoemaking methods, Han was inspired by the Indian moccasin, which is constructed from three pieces of fabric. Han assigned himself the challenge of updating that idea for modern society and to make it accessible for everyday use. Hence, the

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  • A Safe, Leisurely Swim in NYC’s East River

    It was on a typical New York City summer day -- sweltering and humid -- that Dong-Ping Wong first wanted to jump into the East River, the heavily trafficked waterway separating Manhattan Island from the Queens and Brooklyn boroughs.

    Most New Yorkers -- apart from a few diehards -- refuse to test those murky waters because of the prevailing stigma that the East River is unsanitary.

    But what if you could swim in the river worry-free? That was Wong’s nagging wish. With views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Financial District, and far-off Lady Liberty, an East River dip would make for one memorable swim.

    Wong teamed up with two designers, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin, and the trio hatched + Pool: a $15 million Olympic-sized swimming pool for the East River they hope to open in 2016.

    Like the city’s High Line, a popular park built on top of an elevated freight line, the + Pool seeks to restore an urban area for wide public enjoyment and engagement. To make it safe for swimmers,

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