Geeky Goodness: Lumigrids
The 2012 Red Dot Design Award was given to a group of researchers at Sechuan University for creating Lumigrids. Thanks to this creation, bike riders don't have to rush home to beat the setting sun before the road turns into a shadowy, potholed death gauntlet. The device is an LED projector that displays a topographical grid about a foot ahead of your bike's front tire. Any bumps or holes will warp the grid, giving you a safe path around any obstacles. Not to mention, the grid will also, like any bike light, alert pedestrians, motorists and other cyclists of your presence and help prevent collisions. Application is easy: you simply attach the device to the bike's handle bars and you're good to go.
According to Gizmag, the Lumigrid has three different settings that offer different grid sizes to fit appropriately with different settings: The device's normal mode will display a 140 x 180-mm (5.5 x 7.1-inch) grid, the high speed mode ups the area to 140 x 260 mm (5.5 x 10.2 inches) and the “team” mode widens the grid to 300 x 200 mm (11.8 x 7.9 inches).
No need to charge the grid when you're not riding; the device is powered either by an internal battery or the movement of the bike's wheels . The single button on the device allows you to turn it off and choose between settings while on the move.
Gizmag also says that Lumigrids is not the first example of bike lights evolving for the sake of cycling safely at night. Other devices include an Xfire system that projects a bike lane on the road on either side of a cyclist, and BLAZE, a device that projects the symbol of a cyclist on the rode in front of the rider.
You may never forget how to ride a bike, but when the lights go out, you'll see and be seen just as little without a light. The Lumigrid, Xfire and Blaze will make night riding an enjoyable summer treat, rather than a gamble with death itself. Use all three and you'd have to be struck blind to get into an accident.
Stay tuned for more Geeky Goodness next week. Happy riding!