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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 don’t need to be an international man of mystery for there to be value in the ability to pick a lock. Whether you have a penchant for forgetting your keys or just want to be there for friends and neighbors, learning to pick locks is a worthwhile skill. But that doesn’t mean you should go practicing on your front door; officers might not like that. Instead, get yourself this Lock Pick Training Kit, which includes a set of tools and a see-through padlock so you can watch what’s happening while you practice.