Save smartphone users from themselves

Save smartphone users from themselves

Posted by Torben Rick | February 27, 2017 | Technology
Save smartphone users from themselves

Smartphones have changed the world

The world has undergone a massive shift as a result of the smartphone invasion. While mobile devices had been around for a while, the release of the first iPhone in 2007 was the beginning of a surge in smart device use, and Android devices were not far behind.

Since then, smartphones have become central to the daily lives of most people.

But now the time has come to save smartphone users from themselves

A Dutch town has introduced an unusual way of trying to keep smartphone-addicted residents safe!

The municipality of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk is testing a new system for traffic lights which embeds a thin strip of LEDs on the pavement before busy road crossings, to signal to inattentive smartphone users whether or not it’s safe to step out.

The so-called +Lichtlijn (lightline) is linked to existing traffic lights. It changes colour to red or green at the same time as the signals do.

If the newly installed Lightlines prove to be useful in stemming the city’s problem with “smartphone zombies,” additional Lightlines are likely to be installed both in Bodegraven and in neighboring cities.

Time has come to save smartphone users from themselves - red traffic light

Can LED light strips save mindless smartphone users from wandering into traffic. Image: HIG Traffic Systems

time has come to save smartphone users from themselves - green traffic light

Can LED light strips save mindless smartphone users from wandering into traffic. Image: HIG Traffic Systems

Smartphone + Zombie = Smombie

The Germans have their own word for people who walk around, eyes glued to their mobile devices. Smombies – Jugendwort des Jahres 2015 -, a hybrid of smartphone and zombies. And now Augsburg has developed its own system to keep these zombies alive by preventing them from walking unawares in front of moving traffic.

At two tram stops in the city, officials have installed flashing ground-level red lights, designed to catch the attention of people walking around while looking down at their phones.

Preventing Smombies from walking unawares in front of moving traffic

Preventing Smombies from walking unawares in front of moving traffic – Image: Augsburger Allgemeine

Traffic signs warning smartphone users to be careful

South Korea is one of the countries with the highest usage of smartphones. But that may also mean that a lot of people walking around will have their noses buried into their gadgets, causing accidents and incidents.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, together with the National Police Agency, have implemented a pilot project for installing traffic safety signs and pedestrian signs that alert the danger of using smart phones while walking on the street.

Traffic signs warning smartphone users to be careful

Traffic signs warning smartphone users to be careful – Image: Android Community

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

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