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article imageHigh-tech bicycling is invented with Lumigrid

By Jonathan Lam     May 24, 2013 in Technology
Cycling should be a fun and joyful experience minus the fear of crashing or slipping over rocks. Lumigrids might be the new way of riding bicycles.
Lumigrids is a LED projector that clips into the handle bars of bicycles. It is powered by either internal batteries or by the rotation of the bicycle's wheels. By projecting a square grid in front of the bicycle, riders are able to see what is hiding in front of them whether it be a small pebble or a giant crack. Riders are able to detect this because if a pebble or rock shows crosses paths with the grid, it will disrupt the square pattern projected by Lumigrids.
For better understanding, the designer's explain it as "on a flat road surface, the grid will consist of standard squares. On a rough road surface, the grids will deform accordingly. By observing the motion and deformation of the grids, the rider can intuitively understand the landforms ahead. In addition, the luminous grids can make it easier for nearby pedestrians and vehicles to notice the bicycle, reducing the likelihood of collision."
Lumigrids can also switch between three modes, each mode projects a different size so rider's can adapt to their situation. The normal mode projects a 140x180mm grid, high-speed mode projects a 140x260mm grid, and team mode projects a 300x200mm grid.
This is a great concept, but it would take getting use to due to the fact that the rider has to keep their eyes on the grid and also what is ahead of them.
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