Beaming between raindrops

Illustration by Martin Laksman
Date:21 November 2012 Tags:, ,

Flick on your high beams in a storm and all you see is a wall of rain or snow. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have a solution: smart headlights that use a camera to monitor the position of drops, then adjust a collection of light beams to shine between them. The prototype can adjust to the position of raindrops within 13 milliseconds, and at city driving speeds it can avoid up to 80 per cent of visible rain in a heavy storm. – AH

Video: Watch a short video showing how the Carnegie’s Smart headlights ‘make rain disappear’.

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