Currently i am trying to finish the hat. Both modeling the beak and arduino parts need more work. I could get an appointment with Jukka on Monday the earliest. So i don’t think i can make the deadline, however i will continue to work.
Finally i managed to get all the electronic equipment i need. With the help of Jukka, now i have a code that reads the signals from the gyroscope sensor and lights the two leds accordingly.
- turn off function
- brake light function
- connection of other leds
- connection of battery
- implementation of the setup on the cap
- working on aesthetics of the hat
Following are the most recent design ideas and other sketches.
In the last meeting it was thought to use gyroscope sensor with a main board to trigger three seperate set of lights (left turn, brake, right turn). Device willl be usedby tilting the head to different directions (front for brake, left and right for turns). This interaction is still to be tested but it suits the conditions of a cyclist in theory and it would contribute to the ridicilous themeof the overall design.
Hardware for the setup is still in the research process. I will order soon when the optimal setup is decided.
After last week’s feedback by Peter, I thought about designing a hat/cap for cyclists.
I aim to design a hat serves as a turn signal and brake light. For this, LED lights of two different colors to pass the information seem to be right. For example, white for turn signals and red for brake light. Wires can move through the inside of the hat and connect to the LED lights.
Positioning hardware in the hat is an issue, so I thought about using the part where the sunshield is usually added on regular caps.
The other comment was to take the product to a level where it is so funny or stupid that it is attractive. So i thought of this sun-shield as a beak of a bird, and so the hat can look like a bird face.
The biggest issue is how to trigger the lights due to the cyclist’s actions. Having sensors on the handle to detect rotation or position of the brake handles is a choice. Or at a basic level wireless buttons on the handle or the hat is an alternative. This issue is still developing.