The belt, developed by masters student Haska Steltenpohl of the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands guides a cyclist by indicating the direction via a vibration before each turn. It compared well to a handlebar mounted satnav; all of the riders found the destination. But there was one difference:
when questioned about landmarks they had passed, the vibrobelt users proved much more aware of their surroundings en route than those who were constantly glancing at a GPS screen.
The hope is the device might cut down on cyclist injuries and deaths. The device will be shown at the annual Intelligent User Interfaces conference in Santa Monica, California, in March.