MIT develops technology inspired by fireflies where cyclists synchronize lights to be more visible

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are looking at how to use lights from solitary cyclists to ensure higher visibility on the road.

The university is working on a way to make illuminations from the bikes come together to pulsate at the same cadence and in turn gain more attention.

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MIT's development could be especially important on city streets after-dark in order to make lights make bikes more visible to other cyclists or drivers.

According to researchers at the school, the bikers may not know each other, or may only be passing each other briefly, but for the moments they are together, their lights synchronize.

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The effect is a visually united and draws inspiration from nature.

The idea comes from fireflies illuminating in unison or crickets chirping together; situations which otherwise may go unnoticed.

'Fireflies - Study - Flashing - Swarms - Insects

'Fireflies provide a spectacular study of the synchronous flashing of light across large swarms of insects in the night,' a statement on the overview of the project said.

In the same way: 'When bikes are alone, their lights stay steadily on. When bikes are near each other, their lights pulsate from high to low, back to high, in synchrony.

'The - Bike - Lights - Oscillators - Amplitude

'The bike lights are programmed to behave as simple oscillators, and the amplitude of their light is a function of their phase. As their phase oscillates, the amplitude of light does...
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