GloBars were conceived by Mitchell Silva, an industrial designer from Boston, MA. Stripping a section of metal from the front of a traditional drop bar, he installed plastic tubing containing approximately 40 high efficiency LED bulbs. A momentary actuator button on the back of the bars activates the system. The whole setup is powered with a watch battery. Though some structural integrity was sacrificed by removing a section of bar, Silva has some plans for the future to make these rigid and stable and perhaps even more awesome.
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The construction process
Strips of alloy removed
The momentary actuator on/off switch.
Silva admits that without sections of alloy, the bars are a bit unstable. He has a couple plans for future improvements. Silva will look into using an expanding foam on the inside of the bars to increase structural integrity. Or, a smaller, more precise removal of alloy could suffice. Stability aside, directional signals and rechargeable USB bar plugs are in the future plans. Design featured below.
Click here to view more information on Globars and other designs by Silva at Coroflot.