Patt Morrison for June 13, 2012

Disco ball-like mirror could save your life

 Dr. R. Andrew Hicks/Drexel University

Dr. R. Andrew Hicks/Drexel University

A demonstration of the difference between a standard side mirror and Drexel University's Dr. R. Andrew Hicks' newly patented mirror that eliminates blind spots.

 Dr. R. Andrew Hicks Disco Ball Mirror

Dr. R. Andrew Hicks/Drexel University

A demonstration of the difference between a standard side mirror and Drexel University's Dr. R. Andrew Hicks' newly patented mirror that eliminates blind spots.


Whether you’re in an Escalade or a Prius, one problem that all drivers face is what they can’t see.With his new disco ball-inspired mirror, a math professor from Drexel University may have eliminated one of the most pesky and dangerous quirks of driving: the blindspot. The “wide angle substantially nondistorting mirror” works like a mirror ball, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like one. Last week Drexel announced that it received a patent for Hicks’ mirror.

Guest:

R. Andrew Hicks, associate head of the mathematics department at Drexel University in Philadelphia


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