July, 18th 2012 10:03:44 / by Karine Langenes
Light up your evening ride!
Do you live in a city where it is mandatory to use lightening on your bike in the evening? Well, a lot of us do, and it is not always so easy to remember to put them on, or even remember to take them of when you get home again.
The two industrial design students Ethan Frier and Jonathan Ota at Carnegie Mellon University saw the potential to come up with a new system that could degrease accidents happening by night-time cycling – this was the start of the Aura project. In the Aura project Frier and Ota used LED lights that change colour based on the speed of your ride. You of course don’t have to do anything, it is a dynamo fastened on the front wheel of your bike that regulate the light and the colour.
Every day there is bike accidents in traffic. If a bike hits a car it doesn’t really matter who it is to blame, the biker is “always” the one ending up hurt. To be visible in traffic is important for the driver of the car to be aware of the biker. If the cyclist has a small headlight or a similar light, it may be hard to remember to put it on, and even when you put it on it doesn’t really have the best effect. The Aura project focuses on safety, do you?