Two young industrial design students are lighting up the night with their Aura LED lighting system.
Project Aura is using human-powered technology to make nighttime urban biking safer. Ethan Frier and Jonathan Ota, industrial design students from Carneige Mellon University, are tackling the problem of safety for urban commuters.
Background research showed that 5pm-10pm was the most dangerous time to ride. In response, these young designers focused their efforts on understanding why accidents happen and how to avert them during the evening hours.
Utilizing a small undergraduate research grant (SURG) Frier and Ota developed a new lighting system for bicycles. Using LED lighting and a hub dynamo these students have created a simple and effective solution. The hub dynamo, a small electrical generator, eliminates the need for batteries in the system and the lighting system is initiated simply by the rider’s pedaling.
This system is fully integrated into the rims so that the aesthetics of the bike remain intact and uncluttered.
“Good design has the right combination of beauty, novelty, functionality and desirability, and we did our very best to mix just the right amount of each to arrive at a successful resolution which challenged current lighting systems and will possibly save lives in the process as well.” –Ethan Frier
To learn more visit Project Aura on Tumblr.