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The proof that those LED Daytime Running Lights are for style instead of safety

By Rigval on 07 Jul 2010

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Lets talk about those LED daytime running lights that you see on most Continental cars nowadays. A daytime running light is an automotive lighting/safety device on the front of a vehicle, installed in pairs, automatically on when the vehicle is moving forward, emitting white, yellow, or amber light to increase the visibility of the vehicle during daylight conditions. These were most noticeable on the latest Audi's, followed by Mercedes, Porsche and even BMW. All utilizing LED lights. However, they seem to be implemented in a way that suggests appearance takes precedence over safety. Yes. It does look good on that Audi A5, where it looks like jewelery and now an add on accessory favorite to almost any car you see out there in the market. Vios's, City's, Civic's, Verna's, Nano's, Forte's etc. The list is endless.

So now since the LED daytime running lights work so well for cars, it should work well on people too. And that is what South Korean multimedia and graphic artist Soomi Park believes too. She has created the LED Eyelash for women, which according to her is an alternative way to make eyes look prettier or larger. This is especially important for most Asian women and the LED Eyelashes make this dream for big eyes and bling come true.

This, slightly over the top 'facial make up' has a sensor that perceives the movement of the pupils in the eyes and also the eyelids. If you are wearing it and move your head, the LED Eyelash will flicker. According to its creator, it is as easy to use as false eyelashes and it is like a piece of jewelery in someone's collection.

The LED Eyelash won Soomi honorary mention under the section of Interactive Art at PRIX Ars Electronica 2008. The juries said, "Soomi Park's LED Eyelash is in a category of its own-glittering, yet profound, clumsy yet extraordinarily beautiful and strange, and dealing with important issues of gender and identity with a disarming and charming sense of playfulness." How quaint. The thing is, this proves that those LED lights on that Audi/Porsche/Mercedes/etc you see outside are just 'bling', and not something that is there to warn everyone that an Audi/Porsche/Mercedes/etc is coming and you should either get out of the way or be run over.

However, this may help LED Eyelashes users navigate safely through the pedestrian underpass while trying to catch the next train at the nearest MRT Station. People would most probably move aside when they see the person wearing them.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Carer Jul 07 2010 11:26 AM
hahahahahahhahahah this is a joke man
Mustank Jul 07 2010 02:22 PM
i tot the girl gonna put led at boobs laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif
WahmanJap Jul 07 2010 02:44 PM
nonsense lor. who got deal for E93 LED day running light at foglight area.
Carmour Jul 08 2010 10:50 AM
Here's your LED boobs.

Elviskoh Jul 09 2010 12:54 AM
2 yrs ago when we see whose car have LED daytime running lights, we know is Audi cars.. but now most of the cars also followed ...sianz..
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