Focus Conjecture: Bar-End Proximity Sensor


By Liam Smith, 2019

This is a more low-tech version of my Science and Technology conjecture. Instead of radar, it makes use of a large mirror located on the left side of the drop-style handlebar. This doubles as the lens cap for a simplified camera system. When someone strays to close to the rider, it will buzz, alerting the rider to the potential danger. They can then take the appropriate course of action.

The main body is made of hardened plastic with a weatherproof rubberized coating. It is held in place by pressure and friction when placed into the handlebar and does not have to be removed from the bike for charging. It is charge via the port visible above the camera lens in the left image. The cover folds up and appears like a normal end cap when not in use.

The camera looks straight back from the bar and will not be obstructed by normal riding behavior. Since it is located at the widest point on the bike, it is easy to detect objects that stray inside the footprint of the rider. There is a simple vibrating motor to provide tactile feedback when a potentially dangerous situation arises. This design makes use of existing technologies not typically associated with cycling to provide a unique and innovative experience for the consumer, all while increasing their situational awareness and safety on the road.