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Errant shopping carts are machines of destruction and injury when wielded by overeager children or oblivious adults. Plus, aside from making them out of red plastic, shopping carts have advanced about as much as toilet paper has. As part of Ford’s Interventions Series, the “Self-Braking Trolley” utilizes the automaker’s Pre-Collision Assist technology to make unwanted contact between shopping carts and shoppers (and their cars) a thing of the past. The streamlined cart employs a sensor and applies the brakes automatically if the cart is headed for an object or a person. Though it’s only a prototype, the cart shows how Ford takes its automotive tech to make everyday products better. Now, if it could just stop your toddler from tossing bag after bag of Gummi Bears in when you’re not looking.

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 You can’t have a fall evening without a fire. And you can’t have a fire without a Cowboy Cauldron. They’re built from solid plate steel, meaning they’ll last a lifetime or two and they come in four different sizes with elevated basins that can be adjusted to any height. We’re going with The Urbaan Cowboy® because it’s perfect for entertaining at home.  With a 30″ diameter basin, it is more than large enough to have a nice fire, but still small enough to pack into a pickup truck and take it with you.  Can you imagine the envy when we bust this puppy out at a tailgate or the beach? We haven’t seen a more handsome fire. You?  Best of all, Cool Material readers get an exclusive deal.