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Morse Code Turn Indicators

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As evidenced by the recent addition of the @ symbol to the standard character set, Morse code is still alive and well.

Why not incorporate Morse code in to automobile turn indicators? A retrofit could be easily effected.

An electronic replacement for the common turn signal flasher device could easily be constructed. Using a PDA or cell phone with Bluetooth or even a PDA with USB, the device could be programmed to blink the turn signal with the programmed message instead of the usual on, off, on, off, on, off...

For example, one could program in their phone number or e-mail address if they wish to see who notices their message.

The message could be changed on an ad hoc basis with the PDA/phone or one of a number of pre-programmed messages could be selected with a simple switch.

half, Feb 22 2004

As mentioned in annotations here... http://www.halfbake...n_20Signal_20Groove
[half, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Morse to Text http://www.soton.ac...h/morse/jtrans.html
Java-based online translater from Morse code to text. [Acme, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       // Why not incorporate Morse code in to automobile turn indicators? //   

       Perhaps a better question is why? I fear the confusion that would result from changing the message a turn signal delivers.
waugsqueke, Feb 22 2004
  

       Hm. How would it be confusing? It would still blink. To the untrained eye, it would look like a defective blinker. The erratic blinking might even draw greater attention thereby causing it to be more effective indicator.   

       Good thing I didn't suggest the opening and closing louver thingies like they use(d) on ships for light signaling.
half, Feb 22 2004
  

       But if you're sending a message out using your left turn signal, does that mean you are also turning left, or just using the signal to broadcast a Morse message and not actually intent on turning left? The message reader doesn't know if you plan to turn, or not.   

       To clear this up, you could somehow restrict the message sending to actual intended turns, but then you force people to make turns just to send messages. The two don't really go together.
waugsqueke, Feb 22 2004
  

       I didn't realize there was any potential for ambiguity. When I said "incorporate Morse code in to automobile turn indicators", I meant that it would blink a message while indicating a turn. You're sending a message *while* indicating a turn, not instead of indicating a turn.
half, Feb 22 2004
  

       Ah... taking advantage of the fact that you already have this blinking thing sending one message ("I'm about to turn") to send another concurrent one. Gotcha.
waugsqueke, Feb 22 2004
  

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bristolz, Feb 22 2004
  

       So you could program your left turn indicator to say "I am turning right"?
Ling, Feb 22 2004
  

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half, Feb 22 2004
  

       Heh, yes. I suppose you could, Ling.
half, Feb 22 2004
  

       Forget Morse code... mount a bullhorn on the back bumper. Plus, that keeps you from fiddling with your PDA when you <could> be driving.   

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MuddyBuddy, Feb 22 2004
  

       CB radios with PA systems...how 70's.
half, Feb 22 2004
  

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jurist, Feb 23 2004
  

       See, half, the 70's were good for more than the Bee Gees!
MuddyBuddy, Feb 23 2004
  

       Ohh, heck, why not?
spacecadet, Feb 25 2004
  

       But I made mine immune to auto translation. Heh.
bristolz, Feb 26 2004
  

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Detly, Feb 26 2004
  

       Bristols I broke your code. You said HIEEISHISISEEIIIS. But somehow I don't think that's what you said. Damn!
MuddyBuddy, Feb 26 2004
  

       Oh Dear. This is weird.
thumbwax, Feb 26 2004
  

       Surely the act of reading the messages distracts the driver from what they should be doing - driving.
Mayfly, Feb 26 2004
  
      
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