Sands Of Traffic Times!

The Sand Glass is a new look at traffic lights. Surely people must be frustrated with the current design, which is why we have seen THREE DIFFERENT DESIGNS recently. Make this the fourth dimension using the sand-hour-glass as its model. LED lights trickle down to make an obvious statement, regarding the time left for the lights to change. Easy and intuitive.

Designer: Thanva Tivawong

425 Comments

  • Xoom says:

    Great idea! However, wouldn't it to some extent be dangerous when implemented because might be tempted to start a few seconds before time…

  • Xoom says:

    Great idea! However, wouldn't it to some extent be dangerous when implemented because might be tempted to start a few seconds before time…

  • @tuffew; <quote> And clearly, this design forgot the colour blind peaople totally as mentioned before.</unquote> But that's the case with the one we have right now, isn't it?!

  • @tuffew; And clearly, this design forgot the colour blind peaople totally as mentioned before. But that's the case with the one we have right now, isn't it?!

  • GalaxyS2 says:

    It does make sense that this might be dangerous, but that seems just the kind of mindset that doesn't realize the dangers of the current solutions we use in everyday life. I don't think that should be the course of action when implementing good solutions. Great idea in any case!

  • GalaxyS2 says:

    It does make sense that this might be dangerous, but that seems just the kind of mindset that doesn't realize the dangers of the current solutions we use in everyday life. I don't think that should be the course of action when implementing good solutions. Great idea in any case!

  • tab 10.1 says:

    a very original idea! no matter what everyone wines about around here… hails to the designer!!

  • tab 10.1 says:

    a very original idea! no matter what everyone wines about around here… hails to the designer!!

  • DOwnload says:

    This is what we might get if we let art majors design our infrastructure. In addition to all the safety concerns stated above, how would it work in coordinated operation when the controller doesn't know how long until that phase goes to clearance? What about emergency vehicle pre-emption? Transit priority? Try to learn about the system a little before you start messing with it.

  • DOwnload says:

    This is what we might get if we let art majors design our infrastructure. In addition to all the safety concerns stated above, how would it work in coordinated operation when the controller doesn't know how long until that phase goes to clearance? What about emergency vehicle pre-emption? Transit priority? Try to learn about the system a little before you start messing with it.

  • GalaxySii says:

    It looks awesome! There's similar systems in the Netherlands with little LED lamps in a circle giving an indication of waiting time… but they're so wildly inaccurate that they might as well not have put them there in the first place.

  • GalaxySii says:

    It looks awesome! There's similar systems in the Netherlands with little LED lamps in a circle giving an indication of waiting time… but they're so wildly inaccurate that they might as well not have put them there in the first place.

  • OptimusBlack says:

    Great ideas usually are followed by severe discussion. But they're still great ideas!

  • OptimusBlack says:

    Great ideas usually are followed by severe discussion. But they're still great ideas!

  • megan says:

    That has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

  • magnet link says:

    That additional split-second of deciding another DETAIL about their response is all it would take to create hesitation, bad decisions, and accidents. Walk/don't walk signs are a great place for this kind of technology, but traffic lights (in my opinion) are better kept simple. Red, you better be stopping or stopped.

  • I am color blind and the combination of certain colors will make for some colors to dominate the other, making the weaker one “disappear” into the stronger color. That would not be the case in this design. We are still able the tell green from red!

    • Myrtonos says:

      I suppose you have “weakness” to a particular colour, not blindness, possibly deuteranomally.

  • Angel Flirt says:

    Being red-green color blind is far more common than you'd think (I've seen it as high as 7% of all males). My first thought was of a friend who explained to me that he knows the top light is the red-stop light and the bottom one is the green-go light. He can differentiate between the two.

  • Myrtonos says:

    The relation between top and stop and bottom and go. Most of that 7% have weakness to a colour, not blindness. Blindness to a colour is quite rare. Most colourweaks can make a clear distinction between red, yellow and green. When all other variables are equal, colour normal/weak peolpe are simply more aware of their surroundings than truely colour defficient people.

  • They seriously need to put some design thoughts in for people who are colorblind!

  • چاپ says:

    Great ideas usually are followed by severe discussion. But they’re still great ideas!
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  • Galaxy S2 says:

    While I like the idea this would be terrible for people with Color Blindness.

  • iPhone 5 says:

    Great idea! However, wouldn’t it to some extent be dangerous when implemented because might be tempted to start a few seconds before time…

  • Tessa says:

    Love the idea! Nice discussion too. But what about colorblind people indeed??

  • It looks awesome! There’s similar systems in the Netherlands with little LED lamps in a circle giving an indication of waiting time… but they’re so wildly inaccurate that they might as well not have put them there in the first place..

  • Great ideas usually are followed by severe discussion. But they’re still great ideas!

  • True, but this idea is worth implementing. Is there any news on what will happen with this idea?

  • Excellent design. I think traffic lights can be improved very well. With Led and new designs it makes it much more comprehensive for colourblind people.

  • Katie says:

    I don’t like the idea of having two types of yellow lights… like get ready to stop, get ready to go, etc… I can see a few idiots getting confused.

  • Albert says:

    What about Color Blind People??

  • cephyr says:

    hey guys, nice idea, but theres one mistake 😉
    i fixed it
    http://g27.img-up.net/?up=trafficligvth0.jpeg

  • Bob says:

    YES. i agree with you. the only detail that was missing should have been what you fixed. i honestly think that this is a pretty great idea. it’s really original.

  • mark says:

    Actually I’ve been in places where the Yellow light comes on with the red on still lit. this indicates that the light will turn green soon.

    More to the point … the green light is on the yellow comes on with the green then the green goes out followed by Red

  • Honza says:

    OK, but it is Little People’s work in Tipperary Hill… 🙂

  • What about colorblind people?

    • Robbert says:

      This is a huge problem. Not only for colorblind people, but also when the sun is shining directly on the LEDs. It’s also much more expensive.

  • Phil says:

    It is a very beautiful design.
    However, I think one common concern is people going because they know the light is about to change. If you have no pre-warning you just wait until it changes then go. I does work well.

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  • Robert Sumner says:

    I like the idea, but the red light is not safe. Would suggest using the top of the light to host the red and to keep the red on. Maybe simulate a pour that is not additive.

    With the green light, you can have it all green. And instead of “hurry up,” make the top green & the bottom yellow.

    When the yellow light comes on, make it all yellow. Then make the top yellow and bottom part red when drivers should be stopping. Then revert both top and bottom to red.

    Whatever the red does, it should do so with no ambiguity whatsoever. Total red at the bottom and a red radar-like readout at the top could simulate traffic flowing toward cars stopped or slowing down for the red light.

    There is no question that at least have the red light should be red at all times.

    I think this would make the design safer and more appealing.

    The idea of the hourglass certainly gets one’s attention, but I think it would build too much suspense and prime drivers to gun the accelerator pedal in anticipation.

  • Luke says:

    The hourglass will not work, too different from the current standard. Too many people to retrain! Also it is a bad idea to have yellow hourglass countdown before both red and green lights. This alone would cause many accidents as impatient drivers guess incorrectly.

  • Luke says:

    The hourglass will not work, too different from the current standard. Too many people to retrain! Also it is a bad idea to have yellow hourglass countdown before both red and green lights.

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  • Steve says:

    The countdown on the red isn’t such a good idea either. Can you see people to “leading off” on the red or gunning it the instant the light turns green? This would be similar to putting drag racing style “christmas trees” at intersections. Any alternative design that encourages LESS safe driving is not a winner.

  • Steve says:

    There are several alternate designs out there, but all of them have drawbacks that make them less desirable than the existing system. This one has several. 1) The “get ready” and “slow down” signals are identical. A motorist approaching the intersection who glances up and sees it in that state won’t know if they should prepare to stop or keep going. 2) All of the signals are the same except for the color. This makes it less clear than the 3-light system where the position of the lights can be used to determine the signal (think color-blindness). 3) Any system that counts down the time remaining on the red will encourage less safe driving, as people will inevitably “lead-off” before the signal actually changes and/or gun it when it does. Then, compounding this unsafe behavior is 4) The “hurry-up” signal (which will be happening on the cross street simultaneously) will encourage people to speed through the intersection just as the other side is anticipating going through it. The combination of people on one side rushing through while the other side is leading off makes this system much less safe than the current one.

  • It is an interesting take on the traditional traffic light. I’d get rid of traffic signals altogether and make people actually pay attention while they drive. They’ve done so in Germany and it’s worked very well.

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