Lenticular Lenses to Guide Pedestrians!
Recently, the research proposed by the researchers of University of Electro-Communications in Japan to create an electronic pedestrian guiding system has captured my attention. The information which was posted at DigInfoTV.Com stated that this technology will guide the pedestrians to walk at the right side so that crowd problems will be avoided.
Basically, the said system will use lenticular lenses, the same lenses that are being used in 3D postcards and glasses-free 3D television. Lenticular lenses provide an array of different magnified images when viewed in different angles. But as for this research, the lenses are laid down on the floor to have a clearer view on the images that move apparently to the right as people walk on it.
Since the images are moving to the right when steps are being taken, it follows that people will be guided to walk consistently on the right side which lessens disorganization in crowded places. The principle behind this as explained is the “tendency of humans to give priority to their visual sense”, thereby the eyes will be attracted in the direction of the images.
This proposal evidently proves that the Japanese are resilient and brilliant developers of technology. “We can add that their Research and Technology institutes are best in supporting worthwhile and useful technologies such as Pedestrian Guidance System. Although at first we may have thought this idea will make our lives more machine-driven that even in recognizing the left and the right will be dictated by the machine. But looking back on places where the crowd and congestion issues are prevalent, we can argue that this Pedestrian Guidance System is more of a solution.”