Light Lane

Light LaneIn anticipation of a time when we will feel comfortable in long-sleeved shirts, I’ve revisited an early BCL discovery: bicycle safety using light! While I’m not too sure how we could use lasers to create images, I have no doubts that we could use them for a handful of other Windsor-related projects. If this “Light Lane” concept becomes a reality, and people do not abuse it, it could prove to be a cost-effective way of keeping cyclists spatially segregated from motorists.

The Light Lane‘s creators, Alex Tee and Evan Gant, describe the project as such: “Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative.”

Sexy Intersection

Apparently you can see porn on your rear-view video monitor when you drive past Forest Glade Drive near Esplanade Drive

While the humour of this article from the Windsor Star is not lost on me, my immediate reaction is: How do we do that? Apparently, one driver’s rear-view car monitor is picking up porn when he drives past Esplanade Drive on Forest Glade Drive. The article goes on to quote someone from a local car-audio shop, who suggests that the person watching porn must be broadcasting on a low-frequency to wirelessly distribute his television signal throughout the house. The driver’s wireless camera and monitor is operating on the same frequency and thereby picking up the signal.

Targeting these screens in people’s cars is a really fun idea, just not sure how many people actually have them. Maybe we can consider the technology for some other project.