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Open Sight design uses laser navigation to aid cyclists


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 21 Feb 2013

pocketgpsworld.com
A novel solution aims to solve the safety issues with traditional devices such as smartphones, cycle computers and navigation devices which dictate the rider takes his or her eyes off the road ahead in order to read the display.

Open Sight looks like a high-end cycle computer but uses laser technology to paint route guidance information, and other data such as speed, on the road ahead. Power is provided by the rider via a generator.

This isn't the first time we've seen lasers deployed in this way, another solution was proposed for use in cars, but this is the first cycle mounted and rider powered device we've seen.

It's an interesting solution but it exists as a concept design idea only and it's not readily apparent how this solves the safety issue, the information would need to be painted quite some distance ahead of the rider for it allow them to take in the surroundings as well. I suspect that any laser powerful enough to work in daylight would also require considerable amounts of power?

Source: YankoDesign.com



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Posted by spook51 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:41 am Reply with quote

Yanko Design's slogan 'Form Before Function' sums it up very neatly.


 
Posted by MaFt on Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:23 am Reply with quote

Why would you need a laser when you have the arrow on the display on the screen in the same line-of-sight?!

MaFt


I have the flat cap, just need a whippet...

 
Posted by madmole on Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:55 am Reply with quote

Illegal to have non white or yellow light showing to front of a vehicle. so its a non starter


 
Posted by MaFt on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:05 pm Reply with quote

madmole Wrote:
Illegal to have non white or yellow light showing to front of a vehicle. so its a non starter


Easy enough to change it to a white/yellow laser?

It's also illegal to have flashing lights as the main light on a pedal bike but that doesn't seem to bother any cyclists nor the police.

MaFt


I have the flat cap, just need a whippet...

 
Posted by madmole on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:07 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:


It's also illegal to have flashing lights as the main light on a pedal bike but that doesn't seem to bother any cyclists nor the police.

MaFt


Not any more, a specific law allows flashing white and red lights on pedal bikes. Strangly enough constant on lights need to have CE approval marks but flashers don't!!


 
Posted by DennisN on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:53 pm Reply with quote

madmole Wrote:
MaFt Wrote:


It's also illegal to have flashing lights as the main light on a pedal bike but that doesn't seem to bother any cyclists nor the police.

MaFt


Not any more, a specific law allows flashing white and red lights on pedal bikes. Strangly enough constant on lights need to have CE approval marks but flashers don't!!

Pity the poor people who are vulnerable to flashing lights. Sadly bicycle lights are very broad beam and I recall once being thoroughly alarmed at the flashing of oncoming bikes on a country lane.


Dennis

I'm getting a cat flap for my whippet

 
Posted by spook51 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:26 pm Reply with quote

madmole Wrote:
Illegal to have non white or yellow light showing to front of a vehicle. so its a non starter


Provided it's not red, flashing or moving you may have any colour showing on the front of a vehicle hence the craze for blue LEDs in washer jets, front grilles, side lights.


 
Posted by madmole on Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:02 pm Reply with quote

spook51 Wrote:
madmole Wrote:
Illegal to have non white or yellow light showing to front of a vehicle. so its a non starter


Provided it's not red, flashing or moving you may have any colour showing on the front of a vehicle hence the craze for blue LEDs in washer jets, front grilles, side lights.


Road traffic act specifically restricts the use of green and blue "warning lights" to specific vehicular users (doctor on call, emergency services, ambulances, rescue vehicles) doesnt mention flashing at all

Plenty of jack the lads get section 59's or whatever the number is for the silly LEDs. You would have to argue in court your led wasn't a "warning light"


 
Posted by spook51 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:40 pm Reply with quote

The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989:

13.—(1) Save as provided in paragraph (2), no vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which automatically emits a flashing light.

16. No vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle, shall be fitted with–
(a) a blue warning beacon or special warning lamp, or
(b) a device which resembles a blue warning beacon or a special warning lamp, whether the same is in working order or not.

Someone else can read the rest of it.


 
Posted by madmole on Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:55 pm Reply with quote

Yep, 16 makes blue lights of any sort illegal and the paragraphs afterwards cover green and yellow (although yellow is less restricted)

I was an Ambulance Service Vehicle Officer for quite a few years. Not much I didn't know about the RTA and Construction and use regs then.

Even the Police don't seem to know them cos many of their unmarked cars just have lights in the grill and rear window. Construction and use requires warning lights to be visible for 360 degrees so these vehicles are illegally lit and any stop by them is invalid as they are not properly marked Police cars so you don't have to stop for them


 
Posted by G300PBV on Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:25 pm Reply with quote

Doesn't the Road Traffic Act specifically bar cyclists from riding on the pavement? Doesn't stop the buggers nearly mowing me down on a regular basis.


 
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