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Continuous Peripheral/Visual Traffic Flow Warning System In Perpendicular Hallways via Motion Detectors and Strategic Lights

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000174166D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Aug-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Aug-29
Document File: 4 page(s) / 335K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Continuous Peripheral/Visual Traffic Flow Warning System in Perpendicular Hallways via Motion Detectors and Strategic Lights

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Continuous Peripheral/Visual Traffic Flow Warning System In Perpendicular Hallways via Motion Detectors and Strategic Lights

Disclosed is an integrated mechanism used within perpendicular pathways to prevent occasional collisions between two or more objects approaching from different, visually-obstructed directions. The example given is that of a hallway that has a perpendicular intersection with an adjacent pathway.

An alternative solution provided by the market today consists of a half-cylinder used to provide individuals a means to prevent such collisions via a conscious effort to look up and view said cylinder and identify any potential collisions. One of the drawbacks to the current solution is that travelers must make a conscious effort to view the potential collisions and take action. In several cases, the individual does not take into account the situation during rushed travel.

This invention provides a mechanism that utilizes visual notification to identify potential collisions before they occur. The solution being disclosed takes advantage of human peripheral vision and how the subconscious mind learns to adapt to repetitive stimulus. The advantage of this idea, once adapted, is that those involved would automatically sense the visual notification without having to make a conscious effort.

The invention uses colored light signals to n...