Now 'vibrating belt' to guide cyclists
A vibrating belt has been designed to show cyclists the way.
Called "vibrobelt," it uses vibrating actuators that indicate left, right, backward and forward turn directions, and even tickles the user with coded buzzes that tell them how far they have to go to their destination.
It was developed by Haska Steltenpohl of the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, together with supervisor Anders Bouwer, according to the New Scientist.
The system aims to give cyclists a "heads-up" navigator, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road after they have chosen their destination on a GPS smartphone.
They simply set off and get directional nudges from the vibrators just before each turn.
The researchers are planning to reveal their system and research results at the annual Intelligent User Interfaces conference in Santa Monica, California, in March.