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Forget Hand Signals, Let Your Backpack Do It For You

Do you ever have one of those moments where you think to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  As a personal injury lawyer in Seattle, I’m constantly writing about bicycle accidents and bicycle safety so it amazes me that this hasn’t been thought about until now.  A research and development team in Korea, Lee Myung Su, has been working on a backpack that could change the face of bicycle safety.  Though the product is still in the design phase, I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes it to the mainstream market.

The backpack is a functional travel pack that cyclists can use to store all their belongings.  However, it utilizes an LED display that features signals such as “Stop” and arrows for turn signals to notify drivers of their actions and intentions.  The product uses a wireless remote that the cyclist can use to turn on the signals as they are riding.  For turning, bicyclists are forced to use hand signals which pulls one hand off of the bike and can lead to instability.  Now cyclists can remain in control and still put safety first.

The backpack is called the Seil Bag and is the winner of the Reddot Design Award for 2010, according to this article.  Finally, designers are making safety a priority over function and design.