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Idea: See Through Rain While Riding Your Motorcycle

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Ideas Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Riding your motorcycle in rain is no fun especially at night, but the real danger is that rain makes it more difficult to see. It's like trying to see the bottom of a pool. When rain comes down in big quantities, the rain drops throw up a screen that makes our vision of what is ahead blurry. Couple with that your motorcycle's headlights illuminating the drops and you have a sure recipe for disaster.

But Intel Open Intel link in a new window together with Carnegie Melon University Open Cmu link in a new window are developing technology that will enable you to see through rain (and the other forms of rain, snow and hail). They are using a camera that is stuck inside the headlight assembly, and when it detects rain, it anticipates the path the rain is taking. Since it know (more or less) where the raindrop will be, it can block out the rain drops that would normally be illuminated by your headlights..

invisible rain headlights

In other words, it scrubs the rain from your field of vision, a bit like Photoshopping a fat roll from your favorite Playboy Centerfold.

Obviously it will only work during nights (or dark conditions), and you'll need quite some powerful computers to remove all the rain, but in 10 years or so, we could actually enjoy this technology.

Here's a video explaining the technology:

Via: Autoblog

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