Cycling Jacket – With Lights!

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Safe AND stylish! Inventor Michael Chen, who says he got inspiration from Wii & iPhone, uses an accelerometer in his waterproof cycling jacket that senses when the wearer is accelerating and braking and a tilt switch to sense when turning. The sensors switch on the appropriate LED lights in the Reactiv Cycling Jacket. The design has won the 2008 James Dyson international design award. Check a BBC interview with Chen here.

Michael Chen, 28, won a £6,000 prize for his Reactiv cycle jacket, which changes colour as the cyclist brakes.

The inspiration for the jacket came from wanting to feel safer when cycling the streets of London.

Chen said: “I cycled round London in the dark wearing my first prototype. It was a £10 waterproof jacket with LEDs stuck on by gaffer tape.”

He continued: “For the first time, I noticed that cars passed me more slowly, gave me more room, and that the drivers and passengers were even making eye contact.”

[BBC News]

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