The lucky few do triathlon as their livelihood. I am not one of those lucky few! And more likely than not, you aren’t either!
If this is true, inevitably you find yourself riding at the crack of dawn or getting caught too far away from the car as the sun goes down – all for the sake of getting those few extra miles in while juggling day-to-day responsibilities.
Today’s invention provides another way for you to be seen by vehicle drivers when visibility is low, as you try to get in those extra miles. The invention includes at least two implementations using multiple LEDs (or light-emitting diodes) to alert drivers to your presence.
The first implementation has multiple LEDs within the recesses (106) of the helmet in the “impact area(s)” (or the primary area designed to absorb impact during a collision). Of course, as styles of helmets vary, so also may the arrangement of LEDs.
The second implementation locates the LEDs in the “non-impact area” of the helmet (112).
In both implementations, the LEDs may light or flash in a conspicuous manner and the patent describes specific flashing patterns.
In addition, the helmet may include a proximity sensor which actuates the LEDs automatically when you place the helmet on your head. For users who desire a tactile switch, a switch may also be provided that enables you to turn ON the LEDs while riding. And you will know that the lights are ON because the helmet will beep or vibrate when the switch is flipped (i.e., you will not need to remove the helmet to determine whether the LEDs actually turned ON)!
This invention was granted a patent on April 17, 2012 and may be found here (last visited April 22, 2012).
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