Reflective Bike “Whiskers” Create Personal Cycling Lanes

Safety device for cyclists take design inspiration from mice squeezing through tiny holes.

By Ross Brooks - Source: http://www.psfk.com

  Photo © Vibrisee

Photo © Vibrisee


Nature has plenty of hidden technology that humans have picked up on over the years, but the latest example of biomimicry could help cyclists carve out more space for themselves on busy roads. Inspired by the whiskers of a mouse, a student team from California State University-Long Beach have created Vibrisee, a device that makes cyclists safer, and more comfortable on roads without separate lanes for bikes and cars.

The problem with bikes and cars on the same roads is that drivers are often looking for an opportunity to pass, which can make for some very close calls, and even cause unnecessary accidents. While mice and cats use their whiskers to figure out if they can fit through an opening, the team flipped the idea on its head, using whiskers to make a car think twice about squeezing through a tight gap.

  Photo © Vibrisee

Photo © Vibrisee

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