Video: Custom Lexus RC F Displays Driver’s Heartbeat

Lexus RC F Electroluminescent

Lexus Australia has created an RC F that uses electroluminescent exterior paint to display the driver’s heartbeat:

Wired has more details on the project:

The Lexus team used Ohio-based Lumilor’s paint for the basis of the project. The paint is connected to an electronics set-up, which in turn is fed data by a range of sensors attached to the body of the driver — each terrifying corner or moment of acceleration is captured and fed back into the pulsating paint job..

The aim was to build “a car that’s connected to the driver and displays their heartbeat in real-time. Bringing the thrill of driving the Lexus RC-F to life,” said Ben Cooper, Group Innovation Director of Tricky Jigsaw and M&C Saatchi Australia. He added that it took about six months to build.

While this “heartbeat” RC F may not have any practical application, it’s not hard to picture a future where the exterior of a vehicle could be customized in a similar way. Very cool idea, expertly implemented.