Published on January 12th, 2012 | by Cynthia Shahan
“Project Aura” — More Protection on the Road
Aura as a Protective Body of Light Energy
One’s Aura is a body of light, a body of energy, that spreads out from our center and lights up a field of astral and ethereal layers of light protection. It is a large round globe of energy from within that spreads outwardly around us. Now, thanks to some ingenious work by bike loving industrial design students at Carnegie Mellon for a bicyclist in a more material world, there is a new kind of aura protection. Project Aura has developed as a protective barrier. In this sense, it helps bicyclists and urban vehicular drivers alike. It is a signal to help all travelers avoid potentially intrusive and damaging accidents or influences in transportation.
Generating Friendly Energy
The City Fix shares with us this aptly named project, developed by students in the best interests of all. It is a positive sign of our times. This environmental trend of friendly bike lights is supportive of renewable resources as well. The front hub harbors the generator that creates the lights. Watch the video above to see how very visible one will be in the night.
The Aura system brings attention to bicyclists by lighting up their bike, really lighting it up. It is meant to protect everyone on the road from collision, injury, and death. The students incorporated six groups of three tri-colored LEDs attached to the rims of a bike. The lights are powered by a generator built into the front hub.
There is no doubt in my mind that this type of lighting for a bicyclist at dark will provide more safety for the bicyclist as well as the vehicular road companion. The only remaining question I have about this new technology is regarding the cost and possibility of theft. I hope that these technologies will be incorporated into bike-sharing programs as well, so as to make them available to the authentic bicyclists not simply the wealthy ones.
kirilian wedding photograph by Zen