Best Inventions 2005: Live Wires

A Rope That Knows
Inventor: Squid Labs
Availability: Prototype only
To Learn More: squid-labs.com
As any fire fighter or rock climber can tell you, a simple rope can save your life—as long as it doesn't fray or break without warning. Because Smart Rope is embedded with electrically conductive metal fibers, it can sense the amount of weight it is bearing and alert users to a load that is too great. A handheld receiver relays any problems to the...

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