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Hourglass LED Traffic Light? Awesome!

Designer Thanva Tivawong has put out an interesting concept for traffic control signal lights – using the idea of a digital hour glass!  The same colors as we’re used to appear in Thanva’s design – green for go, amber/yellow for warning, and red for stop.

Red apparently also means “go ahead and barrel through the intersection, being a douche and almost always nearly causing an accident.”  It does at least here in Oklahoma City, and almost nowhere in the world as bad as Dallas, Texas.  Damn, people.

Check out these images of the concept – and thanks, Daphne, for sending these my way!

Eko – The Traffic Light That Quells Impatience

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Yeah, okay, I remember being one of those impatient drivers in a hurry – tapping my feet, saying “come on, come ON” at the stoplight, as if the stupid thing could hear me.  Those times are gone now, just in time for the Eko traffic light to get unveiled:

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Eko is an idea dealing with the very un-ecological environment of traffic and travel.  The Eko has a visual countdown on the circumference of the signal itself, giving travelers an idea as to when the traffic light will change.  Frankly, I think that people should just calm the hell down, but as I have learned, not all of my ideas are good.

Damjan Stankovic is the inventor of the Eko idea.  From the designer’s website about the product:

Eko light is a simple yet, highly practical concept for traffic lights that not only helps preserve the environment by reducing pollution but promotes safer driving as morewell. Eko can be easily installed onto existing traffic light systems without much effort while significantly improving overall traffic dynamics.

There are many benefits of the Eko light, the main ones being:

Less pollution.
Drivers can turn their engines off and cut carbon emissions while waiting for the green light.

Less fuel consumption
Turning off your vehicle while waiting on the traffic light can lower fuel consumption in the long run.

Less stress
Since you know exactly how long you have to wait you can sit back and clear your head for a while. No need to keep your foot on the gas. Relax.

Safer driving.
With the Eko light both drivers and pedestrians can be fully aware of how much time they have left before the light changes and that way reduce the chance for potential traffic accidents.

Well, I think it’s cool.  I still think we all need to calm down a bit, though.  What I hope is that this idea would actually make people turn off their engines at a stoplight.  I think that might be a far-fetched idea, at least in the United States – but I think that if we could embrace such change, it could be pretty excellent.  Cool design, Damjan.

Check out Damjan’s portfolio site also – he’s got some interesting designs there!

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