This 14-year-old goes viral for her invention for her science fair, that could put an end to dangerous blind spots in cars designs.
Over the years we have seen many small improvements to safety, reliability, comfort and convenience in car manufacturing. But one issue that always seems to get ignored would have to be those irritating blind spots. Some blind spots are more prominent in some cars than others.
This time an eighth-grader puts her brilliant mind to work and comes up with a very viable way to solve the blind spot issue. She links up a webcam outside the car to a small projector in the car, which resembles what is exact outside – past the blind spots to the drivers perspective – which makes it seem like the blind spots are invisible.
Inventor, Alaina Gassler explains her invention: “Many car accidents are caused by drivers not being able to see hazards due to blind spots. My prototype is designed to get rid of those blind spots by displaying an image of the area behind them onto the spot. I used a small projector as the displaying device and a webcam as the recording device. The webcam is mounted onto the outside of the car, and the projector displays the image onto the A-pillar of the car. To help the image become brighter and clearer, I used a reflective fabric that reflects the picture only to the driver. This prototype has the potential to greatly reduce blind spot related car accidents”.
Its seems to be simple, safe and very accurate. Who knows, maybe this invention will change the design of cars for the better.
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