Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sand Glass Traffic Lights

The Regular Joe spends lots of time standing in traffic lights. They’ve become a big part of urban life.
Whenever I stand in a red light long enough, I can see human nature in its best; drivers trying to steal another inch, bikes trying to make their way to the front, people get out buying some coffee leaving their car in the middle of the road and many other wonderful gestures.  Let people sit long enough in one place and you discover amazing things.
That’s why I love the traffic light design by Thanva Tivawong. It is not the first time I see a design for traffic lights but this one really stands out.

It uses LED lights shaped as sand glass to show the expected waiting time or time left. Great to avoid a red light crossing or any other death-wish attempt trying to cross your neighborhood intersection on your milk run.

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