“Laserwalks” to save humans, vaporize ignorant drivers?

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by Mike
Posted November 19th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Nothing says hi-tech and “futuristic” like a good ‘ol fashioned laser beam (even better when attached to shark heads…..) As more people take to the streets on foot, collisions with the metal giants that are automobiles increases. It’s a sad part of life. Technology is a great thing that makes the world go round more efficiently. Why not use that technology in new and innovative ways? Introducing the “Laser Walk”.

The point of the Laser Walk is to first and foremost replace traffic lights. Pretty cool. Second, protecting humans who venture into the paths of large numbers of metallic mass that whiz by mean these little electrons have plenty to watch out for. Whether or not it will actually save many if any added lives of course remains to be seen.

I’m interested though in how they’re going to create lasers that are robust enough to project images in the air and at the same time not blind anyone stupid enough to look into the posts that the beams will surely originate from. Of course, if these lasers are red-light-running-vaporizers, well, then a few scorched eyeballs are to be expected.

Geekologie > Wired

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