The 'BrakePack' is an ingenious glowing bag that helps to keep cyclists safe at night. For many cyclists, riding at night can be a dangerous task because motorists are often unable to see riders or their directional hand signals. To combat this issue, the design firm 'Artefact Group' developed a backpack that would illuminate the cyclist and their intended movements.
The BrakePack is shaped like a sleek messenger bag with a strip of glowing lights around the outside. The ring of bright LED lights are capable of performing a number of different functions, all of which are designed to keep the rider safe and visible. If the rider is in normal operation, the lights will flash slowly to alert drivers of the cyclist's presence. If the rider slows down, the backpack will display brake lights. Finally, the rider can use the backpack to indicate changes in direction by activating signals built into the straps of the bag.
Currently the glowing bag is just a prototype, but the BrakePack does indicate how wearable technology can be used to help keep cyclists safer at night.
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