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Remember the laser light lane that we featured back in January? The idea was that the laser projected a virtual bike lane behind you to keep drivers out of your space. Well, the whole concept has been taken a step further by industrial designer Leonardo Manavella: step forward a system known simply as 'The Laser'.

The Laser is a system in four parts, that you attach to the fork blades and seatstays of your bike. Each unit is recharged from a dynamo, and contains a laser projector, a horn and a proximity sensor, as well as some kind of wireless capability to talk to the other three. The four lasers project an elliptical buffer zone around the bike to make your effective size on the road a bit bigger, in a similar way to the laser light lane.

Should a car cross the line, though, it's a different story: the proximity sensors pick up the encroachment, the lasers turn red and the klaxons sound, warning you (and possibly the driver, unless they've got Heart FM on nice and loud) that there's a danger of a collision. Once the vehicle clears the danger zone, the lights turn green again and all is calm.

All sound a bit sci-fi? Well, it is: of course this doesn't actually exist except in the mind of Manavella, a mind that's also brought us the Agua H2O urine-to-fresh water converter. But could any part of the system really be useful? Obviously lasers are expensive and they'd only be useful at night, but proximity sensors are twenty to the dozen these days in the rear bumpers of cars: it'd certainly be possible to hook a few of those (and a shouty horn) up on a bike... anyone ever tried?

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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wild man [297 posts] 7 years ago
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I remember Derren Brown putting a stuffed wallet on a busy pavement, drawing a chalk circle around it, and leaving it for hours. He came back and it was untouched, so the laser circle might do it with no need for the klaxons.

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Alankk [135 posts] 7 years ago
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What stops it from going off when the cyclist verve into a car? Nevertheless interesting concept..

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neilwheel [130 posts] 7 years ago
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OMG! There's some nut RIDING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!  13

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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Keep your eyes peeled for a guy called Dr.Bryan Roberts, he is working in conjunction with loguborough uni developing funky stuff...some similar to this, i met him at a business seminar earlier this week and some of the kit he is working on is very fancy.

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 7 years ago
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I think this system would be better with a proximity detector and a vest that glowed and changed colour not a laser marker. A driver might not be able to see the floor markings plus it would make the driver more aware of your actual presence?
Plus I think the horns would be more frightening to the cyclist than the motorist. You could probably knock out a tune in rush hour traffic?

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 7 years ago
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Something like this…

There's a story here http://road.cc/content/news/318-video-vest-displays-your-speed

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Ian Crook [16 posts] 7 years ago
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I liked this idea, but thought the speed sould be on the front too. The people I have trouble with are the ones coming the other way who then turn right across my path totally mis judging my speed.

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 7 years ago
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er yeah, but with a proximity sensor, and without the speed showing, and the light changing from green to red if you are too close or approaching to fast. Apart from that, exactly the same as a vest with a light on it.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 7 years ago
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so picky