information related to one or more hazards in a vicinity of the wearer of the article of clothing; and information providing instructions to the wearer of the article of clothing. In an embodiment, the method comprises broadcasting information indicating whether one or more individuals have been determined to be a friend or a foe of a wearer of the article of clothing. In an embodiment, the generating one or more control signals comprises one or more of: generating an indication of an acceleration; detecting a braking-condition; sensing a temperature; receiving motion information from a MEMS device; receiving sound information from a microphone; receiving a signal from a switch; detecting a pulse; receiving signals from an image capture device; and receiving signals from a communication interface. In an embodiment, the method comprises: communicatively coupling user-protection circuitry of the article of clothing to user-protection circuitry of another article of clothing. In an embodiment, the another article of clothing comprises at least one of: condition-detection circuitry, which, in operation, generate one or more indications related to an environment of the second article of clothing; and broadcast circuitry. In an embodiment, the article of clothing is worn by a first user and the user-protection circuitry coordinates broadcasting of information with user-protection circuitry of another article of clothing worn by a second user. In an embodiment, the user-protection circuitry, in operation, broadcasts, one or more of: a symbol indicating a braking condition of a wearer of the article of clothing; a symbol indicating a turning direction of the wearer of the article of clothing; a visual indication of a hazard; an indication of tracking of an approaching hazard; a symbol indicating a stop condition; instructions to one or more individuals approaching a wearer of the article of clothing. In an embodiment, an article of clothing comprises user protection circuitry configured to implement any of the methods described herein.
The following discussion provides a brief, general description of a suitable computing environment in which the embodiments described herein may be implemented. Although not required, various embodiments will be described in the general context of computer-executable instructions, such as program application modules, objects, or macros being executed by one or more electronic devices, such as a smart phone, a vehicle, a control terminal, a personal computer, a server, etc., and various combinations thereof. Those skilled in the relevant art will appreciate that various embodiments can be practiced with other computing system configurations, including other handheld devices, multiprocessor systems, microprocessor-based or programmable consumer electronics, networked personal computers (PCs), minicomputers, mainframe computers, virtual systems, and the like. Various embodiments can be practiced in distributed computing environments where tasks or modules are performed by remote processing devices, which are linked through a communications network. In a distributed computing environment, program modules may be located in both local and remote memory storage devices.
Use of embodiments may reduce the very real possibility of users being killed, becoming victims in vehicle accidents, and suffering personal injuries. An embodiment may help a user to be seen or get noticed by others by using a highly visible lighting system during the day or night, or to notice others, etc. In an embodiment, users may display personal, customizable static or moving motion illuminated messages, if the user chooses.
One or more embodiments may be worn on any personal body surface capable of reflecting or illuminating detailed images or information that users may need to utilize, display, advertise, announce, proclaim, introduce, broadcast, inform, notify, light, cheer or warn others or receive warnings by providing desired, programmable static or moving motion illuminated information, audio information or physical stimulation, via, for example, vests, harnesses, coats, pullovers, covers, jackets, personal platforms, safety gear, safety clothing, armor, pants, shorts, shoes, sleeves, gloves, etc.
An embodiment comprises a vest/harness platform to display messages on the back and/or front surface of a user. An embodiment may appeal to the needs of users with complex safety features or simple static and programmable operating applications, and various combinations thereof. One or more embodiments may be upgradeable, such as through a download from a remote server. One or more embodiments may allow the user to also use the system at sporting events to promote and cheer their team along. One or more embodiments may provide illumination in front of or behind the user (e.g., a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist, etc., on darker trails, paths or walkways to provide lighting, or to increase the visibility of the user to others). In an embodiment, the system may be reversible or otherwise allow the user to reverse the vest/harness platform (e.g., from the back to the front chest), or to add additional displays (e.g., to double the footprint to include the front and back surfaces within the system) or other broadcast devices.
In one or more embodiments, the user may operate the system using handheld controllers or fixed controllers. In one or more embodiments, users may include police officers, flight-line services, search & rescue and military personnel. Control panels and display and audio messages may be customized for various users and purposes. Athletes, such as marathon runners, skiers or hikers, and other users may have protective articles of clothing customized for particular uses. For example, the display may positioned at a location on the body to increase visibility during a particular activity, a color scheme designed to be visible in certain conditions (e.g., colors visible in snow to facilitate rescuers locating an injured skier in the snow or colors providing better visibility in water for divers). Embodiments of an article of protective clothing may incorporate other customized protective features (e.g., extra padding, expandable air tubes, body armor, motion and/or tipping sensors, etc.). One or more embodiments may have upgradeable options, such as the ability to display sports team logos (e.g., football or soccer team logos), etc. Such options may be, for example, purchased initially or subsequently for an additional fee (e.g., a higher initial cost and/or downloadable for a fee). For example, a user may have the ability and choose to upgrade as they wish to add “Pick n Click” options (e.g., via a remote server website). In an embodiment, a user may be able to choose various additional accessories along with the ability to create customized static and/or moving motion designs for display by the system.
An embodiment may include lavish and ultra-high quality leather, Kevlar™ or Gor-Tex™ safety apparel materials. An embodiment may incorporate top-line safety apparel specific and may offer additional internal ridged components such as back plates, elbow pads, shoulder pads, knee pads and other fall and skid prevention safety features. An embodiment may be customized for specific applications, such as motorcyclist, police, military, airport flight-line services, etc. One or more embodiments may include back, front, sides, shoulders, sleeves, partial front and optional pants & helmet displays, speakers, and/or physical stimulation devices, controls and/or control leads if desired. An embodiment may allow the user to create a highly detailed custom designed application for different surfaces if desired. One or more embodiments may include the helmet attachments (e.g., broadcast devices and/or controls). One or more embodiments may monitor other signaling systems and generate a display based on the monitoring. For example, a system may monitor a conventional motorcycle signaling system and broadcast based on the monitoring. For example, if the conventional signaling system indicates the motorcycle is breaking, stopped or turning, etc., an embodiment may respond by displaying a large flashing red signal to warn other traffic, a stop sign, a large arrow indicating a direction, etc. One or more embodiments may monitor indications from a sensor and broadcast information based on the monitoring. For example, if a sensor indicates a user is slowing down, an embodiment may respond by displaying a large flashing red signal to warn other traffic. In another example, if a sensor indicates a vehicle is approaching the user from the left at a speed and trajectory which is likely to place the user at risk of injury, an embodiment may respond by broadcast an alert to the user, e.g., a pulse on the left side of a user’s hand to indicate a danger is approaching from the left, etc. In response to an indication of an accident or a manual activation, an embodiment may broadcast location information, such as GPS location information, a location beam, etc. One or more embodiments may be sold using incentives, such as medical insurance incentives, e.g., doubling the riders existing insurance up to a maximum for one year from date of original point of sale.
In one or more embodiments, users may have several options to control and program via remote or hardwired handheld controllers, hardwired body mounted controllers, Bluetooth™ wireless device controllers (iPhone™, Android™, personal device Apps, etc.) and other wired and wireless systems. In an embodiment, a custom programmable platform may utilize USB direct from a device, Bluetooth™ or some other wireless device format. One or more embodiments may employ various controller or programmable format options in various combinations.
In an embodiment, a user may have access to an online custom design center within a vendor website or directly through an App connected to the user’s devices. This may facilitate providing the user with flexibility to make custom images, symbols, words or phrases into virtually up to 16 million different colors, any color pattern, format, light intensities, static or moving motion image or any lighting pulse speed rate controls the user desires. The custom creation may upload that information instantly to the device to copy then to upload directly to the protective device, such as an article of clothing. In an embodiment, there may also be a selection allowing the user to reboot the entire system to the original factory settings, if desired.
Embodiments may be configured for plug, choose, click and go operation. Embodiments may include baseline categories utilizing bright vests/harnesses in most single solid colored highly reflective options or multi-colored highly reflective options (e.g., Scotch-Light™ type reflective material). In an embodiment, a configuration may employ basic Yes/No options lists (e.g., international stop symbol? or USA national stop sign symbols?, etc.) and adjustable options such as the flashing pulse speed rates options, lighting intensity control to other pre-programmed and programmed preferred set-up choices, such as the examples discussed herein.
Embodiments may include control options in various combinations, such as the following example control options:
“Dim” Red Background always on selection (switchable off/on—square or round);
Stop sign selection (e.g., International stop sign with white or yellow horizontal strip or US standard stop sign);
Brakes or stop engaged selection (e.g., bright red circle with white strip or yellow strip);
Turn indicators engaged selection (Right & Left) (e.g., large flashing yellow amber arrows—Directional), with sub-options:
a) Brakes disengaged (e.g., large flashing yellow amber arrow with “dim” red background on); and
b) Brakes engaged (e.g., large flashing directional yellow amber arrow with brakes applied),
a) Brakes disengaged (e.g., large flashing yellow amber arrow with “dim” red background on); and
b) Brakes engaged (e.g., large flashing directional yellow amber arrow with brakes applied),
with “Opposite Flashing” bright red circle then yellow directional arrow, if desired;
Warning lights selection (e.g., bright red flashing triangle with exclamation point inside);
Hazard lights selection (e.g., bright red flashing triangle with exclamation point inside);
Caution Lights selection (e.g., bright yellow flashing triangle with exclamation point inside);
First aid selection (e.g., symbol bright green or background with white cross opposing flashing);
Star of Life selection (e.g., bright blue emergency medical service symbol flashing); and/or
All clear selection (e.g., allowing the user to throw a dim or bright body light to illuminate in front of or behind to securely see ahead of or behind the user in the dark providing security and safety).
Some embodiments may allow the user to promote their favorite sports franchise, stadiums, sporting events, concerts or athletes. Some embodiments may allow (e.g., with a licensing fee to the sporting franchise, such as the NFL, NBA, etc.) users to create their own designs (e.g., by using a custom design center at a vendor’s website) for these purposes. Some embodiments may include options and functions plus more sophisticate systems allowing additional flexibility and customization.
In some embodiments, a controller may be connected directly to the receiver, such as a handheld controller or mounted controller. This controller may be hardwired or wirelessly remotely controlled. The hardwired handheld controller or mounted controller may provide the same functions as a handheld remote controller. The handheld device may provide physical safety features within its design as well, such as physical self-defense features (e.g., an alarm, whistle, pepper spray, tip sensor, etc.). The handheld platform may be designed to easily fit into the user’s hand and may also house a series of small indicator lights to reassure the user that the system is working properly. The system may also perform a “Self Check” upon powering up. A rechargeable battery pack for the handheld unit may be independent to a rechargeable battery pack for the article of clothing (e.g., in a wireless embodiment). A hardwired rechargeable battery pack may be integrated within the system. The wireless handheld controller may broadcast an alarm if the article of clothing is too far away from the handheld control transmitter or when it doesn’t receive a proper signal (e.g., an acknowledgment signal). This may reduce the possibilities of losing the handheld controller or false positives. An embodiment may draw power for the article of clothing and/or one or more control terminals from a vehicle (e.g., via a wired system power bus, a cigarette lighter sockets, electromagnet signals, etc.)
In an embodiment, a system may be customized for use with bicycles and other human-powered devices. An embodiment may employ integrated mounted sensor(s) connected to the bicycles braking levers (usually right hand side to the rear brakes) by an inconspicuous handbrake activation switch to engage and disengage lighting on the display to indicate braking activity. Wireless or wired links may be employed to communicatively couple the sensor(s) to the article of clothing. An embodiment may employ independent finger toggle switches or buttons that are human activated (e.g., for the turn indicators, position lights, warning lights, etc.). The switched control terminal may be at the opposite side of the handlebars away from the brakes (usually left hand side). The control terminal transmitter housing unit may also have small indicator lights to assure the user that the system is working correctly by visually verifying proper operation. Embodiments may perform a self-check upon powering up. The system may be wireless and future upgrades and accessories may be implemented with a wireless platform in mind. One or more rechargeable battery packs may be mounted to the control terminal, the article of clothing, and/or the vehicle frame.
One or more embodiments may be customized for use with powered equipment, such as motorcycles and other powered vehicles. One or more wired connections may couple one or more system components (e.g., a control terminal, an article of clothing, etc.), to the equipment’s internal wiring-harness, directly to control wire leads (e.g., by splicing onto a specific lighting indicator’s source (brake lights, turn indicators, hazard wiring, etc.)), etc. A control terminal could be mounted onto the handlebars or hidden someplace inconspicuously. The control terminal housing unit may also have small indicator lights to assure the user that the system is working correctly by visually verifying proper function operations. The protective article of clothing system may be wireless or hardwired through the seat to the rider. If there is a passenger, the passenger may wear the protective clothing system to facilitate an unobstructed view from behind. The passenger and the operator may both wear protective clothing systems, which may be synchronized. A receiver may be located within the protective clothing system. A hardwired shielded magnetic quick-disconnect connecter may allow a continual positive trickle charge from the main power supply source to power charge a battery pack of the system while also being used. A power source on the protective clothing system may provide primary power to operate the entire system (e.g., the display system and the control terminals, etc.). The protective clothing system may be able to function for several hours independent of a trickle charge provided by the powered vehicle/equipment. The user may be able to choose one of multiple (e.g., three) direct contact point connections radially around the lower part of the system for ease of use to avoid wire entanglement, in a hardwired embodiment. The protective clothing system may be plugged into a converter to provide power from a power terminal (e.g., a 110-115 AC wall outlet to a 12V DC power converter) while not being used or away from a powered equipment’s trickle charge system in order to charge both the transmitter and receiver components fully and completely. In an embodiment, multiple control terminals, multiple sensors and multiple articles of clothing, and various combinations thereof, may be employed.
In an embodiment, the display of a protective article of clothing may comprise, for example, LEDs, LED panels, LED plates, plasma plates, soft-image plates, image film, lighted display platform, reflective programmable surfaces, physical impulse sensors, etc., and various combinations thereof.
One or more embodiments may comply with various standards and safety protocols, such as those developed by or for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (HSF), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Insurance Institute if America (IIA), the American Insurance Association (AIA), the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), various bicycle, motorcycle and ATV safety organizations, etc.
As discussed in more detail elsewhere herein, embodiments may be customized for use by various people and for various applications (e.g., motorcyclists, bicyclists, runners, pedestrians, sports fans, kids, police, military, firemen, security services, search & rescue services, other emergency personnel, flight Lines/tarmac (airport), recreational vehicles, hikers, skiers, scuba divers, etc., and various combinations thereof). For example, an embodiment may facilitate search and rescue workers looking for someone who is lost in the woods by proving lighting so the workers can see and be seen, by identifying other rescuers and search zones, etc.
Embodiments may be incorporated into ballistic and cut-proof undergarments, for example, in police and military embodiments discussed elsewhere herein. Some embodiments may employ additional accessories (additional products), such as displays that expand around to the sides (turn indicators, position lights, etc.), to the front, such as yellow amber dim lighting similar to a car’s wrap around position lights, headlights, etc. Some embodiments may be able to project an all clear or white light flood of light in an effort to illuminate the surroundings. Some embodiments may be configured to reduce night-blinding of the user and others (e.g., sensors and or controls may be employed to respond to an oncoming person or automobile and automatically dim or facilitate manual dimming of the lighting in response, shields may be employed to deflect lighting, etc.).
Some embodiments may provide flat fee licenses (e.g., to use sports team logos) and some embodiments may provide “Pay to Play” licenses. A user at a sporting event may be able to display their favorite athlete’s number in the teams color or the actual team’s logo in bright light on the user’s front or back. The vest could be reversed from the back to the front or have a display on the front and back. Some embodiments may incorporate still cameras and/or video cameras. For example, a user may be able to take a selfie using the system, which may be automatically or manually posted to a website, etc. In an embodiment, a helmet may employ a hardwired or a wireless transceiver (e.g., Bluetooth™) integrated into the system, or as an add-on. Hardwired versions may include quick disconnects, such as described elsewhere herein.
In an embodiment, for example, customized for police use, a blue “POLICE” may be displayed on the officer’s backs in bright lights and their helmets possibly and sides might light up as well. A Blue/Red reverse pulsing image may be displayed while under pursuit. In an embodiment, a blue “POLICE” word with offsetting red stop sign & blue police titles may flash as desired. An embodiment may also provide extreme visual protection to the police officer when the police officer dismounts the police motorcycle or leaves the security of the police cruiser. The police officer may be provided lighting protection while outside or away from their vehicle and walking up onto the pulled over vehicle to announce the police officer’s physical position to oncoming traffic. In an embodiment, a shielded trickle charger wire may automatically disconnect as the police officer exits their car or motorcycle, such as with the force of a small magnet. A beat officer may utilize a system with rechargeable battery and possible back-up batteries.
In an embodiment, for example, customized for use by a hiker, a display pattern to facilitate spotting by search & rescue in the day or night may be employed. For example, an embodiment may simulate a signal mirror in the daytime and a beacon at night. In an embodiment, a plurality of protective systems may be configured to provide a coordinated protective broadcast system. For example, two or more users wearing separate protective clothing systems may desire to coordinate their displays. For example, two police officers at a crash scene, bicyclists riding together, a synchronized group of police officers displaying their message such as in a police line, a row of bicyclists as a peloton/pack in road race, a military platoon, encampment, movement operating as a single entity, etc., may wish to have their displays flash in unison or alternatively, a group of spectators at a sporting event (e.g., at a stadium, may wish to have the displays on their protective articles of clothing provide a joint display (e.g., each display showing part of a larger team logo display), etc.
In some embodiments, a display may be modified based on the location or relative position of a user or a plurality of users. For example, at a crash scene, it may be desired for the displays of officers and other emergency personnel may direct traffic in a certain direction. The system or systems may be configured to detect the positions of the officers and their display so as to select a display or set of displays to direct traffic as desired (e.g., to display an arrow directing traffic as desired (e.g., on one or a series of officers), to display flashing red on south facing displays and flashing yellow on north facing displays, etc.). In an embodiment, people are empowered with the security of personal light safety technology. Several category platforms presented from a simple low cost introductory format comprising of a cell phone APP with simple display and control options up to the “Exclusive” high-end inclusive offerings. The embodiments may minimize human error in traffic accidents or individual incidences caused by visual impairments or inattentiveness. Depending upon the platform being utilized embodiments/technologies may be imbedded within leather, plastic, Kevlar™, or other fabrics. An embodiment’s designs and technologies may be created to look fashionable and stylish with seamless hidden integrations about the garment, safety suit, jacket, host, pants or vest, etc.
In an embodiment, a visual crash avoidance and personal safety prevention system provides warnings, instructions as well as notices. An embodiment may provide the technology for avoiding injuries or death and assisting to simply be seen and/or be warned. An embodiment may launch an integrated multi-system or multi-vehicle communications capacity with active safety sharing device technologies to further increase the effort of safety on our roadways. Baseline offerings may provide affordable versions of embodiments in order to appeal to initial users and helping developing countries’ populations, for example, that use bicycles and scooters as primary modes of transportation. An embodiment may be APP centric driven and utilize simple Bluetooth™ or other connections from the controller, transmitter, laptop, a portable computer, iPad™, iPhone™ or other image display technology systems. These screen devices could be mounted or slide into a holder, cradle, clear plastic pouch or netted pocket connected to the back of the users while pointing the screens surface outward and/or backwards. This may facilitate notifying everyone of the user’s location by being seen or viewed from behind. An APP embodiment may be controlled by the wireless device along with additional independent control transceiver systems (mounted or handheld accessories with brake solenoids, toggle switches, mini-controllers, etc.). A pocket designed to hold/contain a back mounted screen may contain an iPad or other system which may be utilized. This system may be added to a backpack of the user as well. In an embodiment, a baseline category” may be being introduced to allow the largest group of consumers the availability to be provided by personal lighted safety systems protection at a minimal cost. An embodiment may be provided as an APP centric driven application. An embodiment may provide users the opportunity to understand and realize how they may directly be benefiting themselves by minimizing human error effects from injury in their daily lives. A baseline category embodiment may utilize several present display options from cell phones, iPad’s, laptops and miscellaneous display means either hardwired or wireless. An embodiment may be inexpensive, with a target pricing of, for example, $20 or less.
In an embodiment, a distress platform may be user activated and allow the user to initiate a panic button on the embodiment or via remote control to activate. In an embodiment, an additional benefit may be to send a GPS location instantly along with a series of various intense visual pulsing alerts of light within and throughout the system. In an embodiment, additional multi-angular directional highly noticeable laser light may be transmitted, e.g., a vertically erratic highly noticeable laser image signal beam of a first-aid green color. An embodiment may announce precisely the distressed user’s location up into the sky to summon help to the GPS geographic coordinates. An embodiment may be programmed by default to contact the local 911, may be customized with the user’s preferred contacts to call or transmit via a wireless network, etc. In an embodiment, the system application may allow users to manually input and initiate pre-programmed instructions to activate the visual embodiment display and to transmit GPS coordinates via cell phone. Audio alarms, tones and physical alarms could be utilized. Any message could be used if programmed or set prior to use otherwise a standard pre-programmed format may be used, which may be able to be overwritten or overridden. This system could utilize an emergency personal impact sensor system integrated into the system or through other devices such as cell phones or Bluetooth™ devices or other wireless systems.
In an embodiment, an emergency platform may automatically be initiated by the personal impact sensors being deployed and would an automatic response, such as the Emergency 911 contacting capabilities discussed above (e.g., by utilizing an existing cellular phone system via Bluetooth™ or pre-set-up emergency service for either announcing a multi-vehicle or single vehicle accident if riding a bicycle, motorcycle or incident if a pedestrian is involved with an occurrence with a vehicle, serious fall or another incidence). For example, if connected to an existing user’s cell phone or using an embedded communication system, and embodiment may direct or guide emergency personnel to the injured user through a third party GPS cross-triangulation provider such as Google Maps™, AT&T™, etc. Additional fees may be charged for the service in some embodiments. The system may utilize an emergency personal impact sensor system integrated into the system or through other devices coupled to the system, such as cell phones, Bluetooth devices. GPS trackers or tracking may be employed in some embodiments to provide location information. In an embodiment, an emergency platform may be controlled, disconnected or turned off separately and independently, for example, by a very obvious red on/off switch adjusted by screwdriver. If the user disconnects the emergency portion of this system, that action will render the emergency system inoperative and the user’s position simply won’t be tracked or broadcast. In an embodiment, emergency system tracking may be inoperative until an emergency criteria is satisfied. For example, tracking may be disabled, and then activated in response to an indication that the user has been in an accident, such as a signal from an impact sensor, a body-tip sensor, etc.
In connection with an emergency and/or a distress platform, a vertical laser may be mounted behind one or both of the shoulders pointing nearly vertically into the sky in an embodiment. In an embodiment, compliance with appropriate regulations, such as aviation regulations, may be taken into consideration with regard to the timing, direction, and nature of a distress signal. In an embodiment, verifying vertical direction may be accomplished with a MEMS device, a mercury gravity switch or by an automatically activated electro-gyroscope to verify vertical unobstructed guidance of the laser pulse into the sky. In an embodiment, a laser lighting system may be provided, for example, in green laser international rescue colors and once automatically activated may provide an incremental pulse of movements with a digital fan effect into the sky from the laser manager. Such an embodiment may grab attention while allowing the rescuer or police to find and assist the distressed or injured user faster than using audio prompts without visual guidance or command assistance. In an embodiment, an all off button may allow a user or rescuer to turn off an emergency system once the user is located, for example, to avoid a distraction while providing aid to the user. In an embodiment, a mayday signal may be transmitted in an emergency signal channel (e.g., 121.5 MHz, 243.0 MHz, etc.)
In an embodiment, a protective device may classify a person or vehicle in the vicinity of, approaching, or being approached by a user, and respond to the classification by taking appropriate action. For convenience, examples will be discussed in the context of a police operation, such as an operation to capture a suspect. A protective device may classify a person or vehicle by, for example, reading a transponder code, a squawk code, detecting the lack of a transponder code or squawk code, detecting the presence of a cell phone associated with a person or vehicle (e.g., a cell phone known to be used by a suspect), receiving a communication from another user’s protective device (e.g., a communication indicating a suspect’s route or another police officer’s route), sensing a speed, a trajectory and a mass of the person(s) or vehicle, using face recognition software, mood recognition routines, etc., and various combinations thereof. The classification may include classification as a friend (e.g., classification as a police officer based, for example, on receipt of a transponder code or squawk code, which may including individual or group identification information), a foe (e.g., classification as a possible suspect, based, for example, on signals from one or more other protective devices, the lack of signals from one or more other protective devices, face recognition software, tracking software, etc., and various combinations thereof), a hazard (e.g., a vehicle approaching at an unsafe speed and trajectory), etc. A protective device may also classify sounds (e.g., gunshots, approaching vehicles, etc.).
A protective device may respond to a classification by signaling the user, for example silently or otherwise, of a classification of a person, vehicle or sound. For example, with reference to police officers, a protective device may cause a first vibration at a first speed and a first location to indicate another police officer is approaching from a first direction, and may cause a second vibration at a second speed and a second location to indicate a suspect or unknown individual is approaching from a second direction. The characteristics of the vibrations or other silent indicators (e.g., pressure, heat, suction, etc.) or non-silent indicators (e.g., sound) may be varied to provide indications of other information, such as a speed of approach (e.g. by varying a pulsing speed), a number of individuals approaching (e.g., by varying an intensity of the pulses), direction of approach (e.g., by varying a direction of the pulsing (e.g., from left to right to indicate individuals approaching from the left)), and whether the individuals are friends, foes, or unknown (e.g., by applying heat or suction as well as pulses); etc., and various combinations thereof. An embodiment facilitates notifying a user discretely of an approaching friend, foe or other threat, or innocents, so that the user is not surprised, and can adopt a strategy taking into account the information conveyed, for example, by silent indicators such as discussed herein. This may reduce, for example, the threat to a police officer from an approaching car or foe by providing the officer with useful information in a discrete manner. Various sensors may also pickup electromagnetic radiation and detect metal, flesh (human or animal) target identification information in order to identify or classify approaching intruders, detect possible subterranean devices (e.g., hidden weapons) as the user approaches the target, or vice versa. An embodiment may collect radio or radar wave transmission energy identifiers as normally transmitted or reflected by coding from the target thus being determined as passive or active targets.
In an embodiment, a preemptive anti-collision incident alert protection system may be employed. The system may be configured to announce, identify and locate oncoming traffic through a series of physical actuators and sensors. An embodiment may have optional distance sensors and blind spot sensors or monitors with additional capabilities for functionality by intensifying the lighting controls by the embodiment with bright and dim flashing colors of choice as an automobile approaches (or other object) from behind or side quickly including close stops or tailgating the back of the user. In an embodiment, the system functions while being static, dynamic or while traveling. In an embodiment, the system’s response may become more aggressive as the advance comes closer with a graduating frantic light pulse announcing the driver’s location within a operators control system or the handlebars. The user may also be notified and provided with a visual blind spot sensors and monitors again while being static or dynamic. This may cue the user as to the fast moving closure rate by an automobile or other object that comes, for example, from behind or from the side. In an embodiment, a visual alert may be integrated into the control module that may be mounted onto the controller of the handlebar of a bicycle or motorcycle for clear viewing. In an embodiment, a vibrating alert system and a reactive light tracking may also be integrated into this alert. In other words, the light will appear to be targeting the approaching aggressive driver by visually tracking them.
In an embodiment, a vibrating alert system may provide physical touch vibrations, pulses, manipulations or stimulations with perceptible close proximity or direct contact of the skin or body parts with physical notifications or contact inputs. The vibrating alert system may directly contact or attract physical attention to a person’s body from the precise direction of which the oncoming traffic is specifically approaching from. This is in order to alert the user of the specific direction requiring passive attention, short term attention or to be ready to take corrective actions and directional notice of a possible impact. Imbedded perimeter, outside radar, infrared, image or movement sensors may duplicate the direction of oncoming traffic internally by reflecting and initiating physical movement energy onto the user, for example, in the specific direction of an approaching threat (e.g., rearward for a danger approaching from the rear, on a side for a danger in a sideward blind spot).
Some embodiments may be directed to applications such as sports, military, police, etc. Sports and other function embodiments may remotely inform a football player to turn right then break straight then left because one or more remote-controlled actuators vibrated the right side, front then left retrospective of the football player’s body instructing that player to move in those directions. The actuators may be incorporated into a belt or uniform. In an embodiment, a quarterback may go through a route and a remote controlled impulse mechanism would let the quarterback know to look left or right for a pass or to just run away onto safety in an alerted designated direction. In an embodiment, physical and visual direction indications may be transmitted then received by a user to advise and provide safety instructions by an instructor/operator to the player/user. An embodiment may be also used by police in large groups allowing an observer to direct an officer or a specific person through a crowd onto a target, such as a person of interest to the police. In an embodiment, the physical input sensors and output devices (e.g., accelerometers, switches, temperature sensors, pulsers, heating devices, speakers, microphones, suction devices, actuators, etc., and various combinations thereof) may be position on or in the vicinity of any desired body part and transmit/receive from any location on the body. Positions may be selected for various reasons, such as to provide more unobstructed access or visibility, better reception or transmission characteristics, etc.
An embodiment may facilitate police, for example, in very large groups, to control riots and other large crowds. For example, it may be desired for the police to communicate with each other indiscreetly, or discreetly. For example, an embodiment may be able to be change a display from all white, to all red or to any color combinations thereof. This may help the police identify a problem area to a specific individual, a small group or a quadrant within an entire brigade. An embodiment may be used to announce visibly to other officers that there might be officers in distress or that there is an area within a riot area where an individual or group of officers need assistance by transmitting an entire red embodiment color on an individual basis or quadrant area. Visual distresses or announcements may be responded to much faster than using a radio, then trying to figure out where the officer or officers are in a very large group. With a bright red light, it’s simple and quick. In another embodiment, physical pulses providing directional information may be employed discreetly and incognito, while still facilitating a quick response time in directing officers to a problem area.
In an embodiment, a reactive light tracking system works with or independent of the vibrating alert system with a slight difference. Instead of notifying the user by vibrating the alert in a specific area of the user’s body, the reactive light tracking system may track one or several oncoming vehicle(s) or persons with a series of intense lights seemingly appearing to be rotating around the user thus directing its focus and energy notifying the oncoming driver that they are being tracked. For example, if someone rides a bicycle up onto a user from behind or from the side that person will be visibly tracked and a series of lights will make it obvious. At the same time, the user may be provided with a signal indicating an approaching threat, such as pulses indicating a direction of the approaching threat. In other words, in an embodiment, if a person walked around the back of the user of an embodiment, the person would notice a series of bright lights following the person from behind and around the embodiment until the threat is gone, and the user may be notified of the presence of the person via a vibrating alert system. This system may be employ existing back and side platforms of the LED or other light display or be part of a light broadcast or other broadcast platform.
In an embodiment, both the vibrating alert system and the reactive light tracking system may be available in mini versions to facilitate installation on motorcycle helmets, bicycle cycling helmets and other headgear, and may be controlled and powered via being hardwired or wireless to a main system. In an embodiment, a vital-sign tracking system may integrate galvanic skin response (GSP) and sensors to achieve a history of the user vital signs, such as a short history immediately after an accident or fall or a history manually activated by the user, which may be of a default or selected duration. This platform may document the body’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse heart rate and respiratory breathing rate if the system is activated. The embodiment could provide a blueprint of the user’s vital signs between when the accident occurred and when the EMT Services or Aid Rescuers arrive at the scene of the accident to start life saving measures. Distress or emergency platforms could automatically activate vital-sign tracking. Vital-sign tracking may utilize the sleeve(s) of the garment to allow direct skin contact with the underside of the wrist and either or the collar of the garment to provide direct skin contact to the back of the neck for blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate by metal contacts or skin conductance meters. A jacket, coat or garment may house an expandable chest strip including sensors to obtain information, such as a body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory breathing rate, etc. The jacket, coat or garment may have to be closed, buttoned up or zipped up in order for the expandable chest strip to work correctly. The jacket chest radius may be much larger than the chest of the body allowing plenty of room for a snug flexible tape strap sensor. Utilizing a snug expandable chest strip would provide the consistent light pressure for the monitor to determine the expansion or inhale and contraction or exhale for proper measurements. The embodiment may keep the information stored digitally or produce a dispensing paper tape stream from a micro-printer out onto the side of the embodiment. This system may be utilized without the paper tape stream to keep track if the user feels the system needs to be turned on for long night trips (for example). In an embodiment, a vital-sign tracking system may facilitate keeping a driver awake by determining if the operator of a motorcycle is falling asleep then waking the driver back up by utilizing an audible alarm, digital voice recording (Hey, Wake-Up!!) and/or a vibrating alert system based on calculating heart rate and breathing cycles and/or skin conductance measurements. An embodiment may use a distance sensor that measures the driver’s or user’s head perpendicular perspective by installed helmet electro magnets and embodiment electro magnets that measures the difference in polarity field pressures by opposing magnetic fields. An embodiment may employ gyroscopes, MEMS devices, etc., to determine an orientation of a user’s head, and activate an alarm based on the determined orientation. For example, if the head of a user droops or the user falls asleep, the alarm, digital recording or vibrating alert system alerts the driver or rider or takes other protective actions (e.g., activating warning displays, brakes, etc.). Thresholds may be employed to determine whether to activate an alarm (e.g., threshold angles, threshold periods of time, etc., and various combinations thereof).
An embodiment may have voice recognition capabilities (e.g., blinker right, blinker left, brake on—brake off, Help, 911, off, stop, override, etc.). Passive listening devices available to the user may be employed by mounting a microphone inside the helmet, existing phone connection or micro-flex microphones, jawbone microphones, etc. These devices may be mounted near the mouth of the user, from a helmet, from the ears, etc. Passive listening devices which pair up independently and separate to the user’s cellular phone may be employed. Listening devices in a user’s cell phone may be employed. The audio systems could be connected via a wireless system or could be introduced as a separate internal system. Using voice activated switching (VOX) or voice commands instead of or in addition to using simple buttons, knobs, and touch screens should reduce driver distraction times of which could reduce accidents and increase reflex timing.
In an embodiment, a GPS tracker may track the user via Short Message Service (SMS) of other services from anywhere in the world. The embodiment may receive and/or send the coordinates of a user’s location and a link, such as a Google Maps link, to the user’s location within seconds of tracking confirmation. The GPS tracker would allow following of a user’s route for determining mileage or for mapping purposes. GPS tracking may be accompanied by longitude and latitude identifiers along with cross-street triangulation or addresses or vice versa.
In an embodiment, a system may connect to the user’s Smartphone via Bluetooth™ or other wireless system protocols with the possibilities of a variety of smart features including full design, full lighting controls, turn-by-turn navigation. Embodiments may come equipped with a low-power GPS module that allows you to track your location from anywhere in the world. Associated services could be paid for using a pay-to-use SIM card, digital currency or wireless payment device, etc. In an embodiment, a user may send a text or e-mail message via Short Message Service (SMS) to retrieve or announce the user’s location to anyone or generate a ground track. In response, a user may receive an SMS reply containing a link (e.g., a Google Maps™ link) to the user’s current location and past track.
An embodiment may determine how far a user is from the user’s bike, motorcycle or vehicle while a controller may turn a vehicle system on or off accordingly through wireless communication if desired. In an embodiment, when a user approaches the user’s vehicle, the vehicle may automatically turn on, when the user walks away for a determined and adjustable distance, the vehicle may be configured to automatically turn off via wireless range controllability or distance sensors. Some embodiments, for example, for use by police officers, may use communication systems with extended range to facilitate reception at range distance greater than desired for other applications.
In an embodiment, a proximity and perimeter laser guide light may project a basic adjustable lateral finite range area of a visual distance safety laser light zone around onto the ground surface around motorcycles, bicycles or persons. The laser device may be directed downward onto the ground along both sides of the perimeter of the protection device itself. By utilizing lasers mounted inconspicuously to an electronic gyroscopic stabilizer (pitch and yaw) on each side would facilitate an image being projected by the laser that is clearly legible and creates the continual image, solid light line, broken light line, image, design, phrase or street address onto the ground smoothly while surrounding the user with a close safety range, buffer or zone while not blinding oncoming traffic or people not connected to this system. This laser image would appear to be traveling along side and with the embodiment. Integrating a mapping application, such as Google Maps™ may provide address detail in real time as the user travels past a specific street or location to be inscribed onto the ground surface, if desired.
In an embodiment, a compressed air engagement system may provide users the confidence of knowing if they do need the system it completely has them protected. Intergraded inline instantly expandable air tubes that follow the exterior of the body within the embodiment to protect against impact or fall with a protective body of air. This system may employ a semi-ridged plastic or rubber tubing configuration or expandable body plates. The system may be charged by a replaceable set of mini-canisters or mini-cartridges of compressed gas (e.g., air) that would instantaneously fill the tube airlines under the embodiment to protect and minimize the body from injury. The sealed high pressure plastic airlines may be contained within and under the leather, Kevlar, plastic or other fabric jacket, top, pants, etc. Once the cartage is discharged, replacement is simple and easy. For example, if the system determines that a crash is imminent (for example, based on detection of an approaching vehicle, an indication that the user’s vehicle is unstable (e.g., information from sensors, such as MEMs devices, indicating the vehicle is likely to crash), a manual activation, etc., the system may deploy the compressed air engagement system to provide the user with an additional air barrier against injury. An embodiment may also comprise or be connected and expandable to a video system like GoPro™ or another system to record anything and everything as proof of fault in case of an incident. The embodiment may have mounting points available within the system along with a power source and the ability to transmit in real time via the user’s cell system or other communication device. In an embodiment, international navigation position lights—green right, red left and white front and back may be employed, for example, in case primary system is shutdown.
In an embodiment, an LED hot spot generator may provide a platform to expand the continuity of internet or cell reception by using the LED lighting itself as a radiant transceiver or remote or connected antenna. The electromagnet field or static fields could benefit each individual LED platform if working together as an enlarged platform receiver group. This LED generating hot spot could develop a transmit energy and utilize static fields or magnetic fields generated by the lighting system of the embodiment. The embodiment could provide additional network management options for individual link connections or allow multi-users a remote platform to integrate into a Virtual Private Network (VPN). The various embodiments disclosed herein may be independent accessories for an upgradeable category embodiment, depending, for example, on the requirements and independent power supplies and technology growth sources.
The large back facing lighted surface of an embodiment may be reinforced by placing a safety back shield or ballistic plates between the user’s body and the lighted broadcast surface. If more area for electronics is desired, the room needed could easily be achieved by enlarging the back internal portion for the additional component space. In an embodiment, an LED display portion may also provide a heat-sink for the electronics, while also serving as a skid-shield and a rigid back support. An embodiment may be contoured or include one or more contoured portions to fit a person’s knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, back, etc., or may be adjustable (e.g., bendable, sizable, etc.) to fit a person’s body or parts thereof. For example, a shoulder or elbow LED embodiment may include an aluminum heat sink to absorb heat from the LEDs or other electronics while also providing a safety plate for the user. Such heat-sink/plates may prolong the lifespan of the LEDs and other electronics by reducing the operating temperatures.
Motorcycles sometimes adjust speed through downshifting, versus using only actual brakes in order to activate the brake lights, along with other powered and human powered equipment—motorcycles, Bicycles, ATV’s, etc. In an embodiment, a pre-braking alert system may be employed. For example, an indication of a downshift consistent with downshift breaking (e.g., downshifting with increased activation of an accelerator, downshifting while traveling downhill, etc.) may trigger an activation of brake lights or displays. In an embodiment, the pre-braking alert system may be integrated into lighting systems or articles of clothing disclosed elsewhere herein. In an embodiment a pre-braking alert system may be an accessory to a lighting system disclosed herein. Embodiments including pre-braking alert functionality may be employed in powered or non-powered vehicles.
Regarding vehicles that decelerate, perhaps drastically, without physically or manually applying the use of brakes, deceleration speed indicators (e.g., signals from a position or speed sensor, an acceleration sensor, etc.) may be used to activate the brake lighting or slow-down lighting warning indicators as an additional option to notify approaching vehicles from behind of sudden or quick stops prior to actual braking activated light safety lighting (e.g., brake lights). In some situations motorcycles and other equipment may use engine compression or downshifting to slow down. With bicycles, shifting down may also radically reduce the speed of the equipment without notification of the reduction of speed to those behind. In this situation, the brake lights won’t activate thus not activating and alerting those from behind the user as the vehicle is actually slowing down through another speed reducing means (other than physically applying the brakes). In most motorcycles (for example) the reduction of speed may be drastic even though the brakes won’t have been applied until almost actually stopped completely or in a low gear. The concern is getting rear ended or hit from behind because the converging driver from behind cannot determine if the motorcycle is actually slowing down or not. At night, this situation may become increasingly more difficult due to the decreasing ability of depth perception thus increasing inaccuracies in the human eye at night. These nighttime human eye errors would slow reaction time by slowing impulses to the muscles to react since no visual alert notification would be provided.
In an embodiment the reduction of speed and/or speed variations may be detected, for example via GPS, engine compression deceleration sensors, clutch deceleration sensors, clutch sequenced downshifting sensors, transmission or engine RPM variations, radar or through decreasing speedometer speed indicators/sensors. These sensors may be connected as an accessory to the vehicle directly or may be integrated into the article of clothing as a standalone and independent solution with Bluetooth™ or other wireless capabilities or hardwired solutions as an information delivery system to initiate the brake lights or other indicators prior to activating the brake lights and/or prior to physically activating the braking mechanism.
Furthermore, speed reduction detection may be employed for skiers, runners, skateboarders, etc., via a GPS or acceleration detection systems to detect a reduction of speed and initiate warnings (e.g., lights or symbols) in response thereto. In some embodiments, thresholds may be employed (e.g., deceleration thresholds, proximity thresholds, etc.) to determine when to active a speed reduction warning or collision warning (e.g., one or more lights or symbol displays indicating a reduction of speed, alarms indicating a likely collision, etc.).