We’ve seen turn signal jackets, but like most things in tech, wearables are getting smaller. These turn signal gloves by Zackees allow lightweight illumination, as seen on siliconANGLE.
Zackees looks like any fingerless glove and it’s washable. What makes it different is the super bright LED lights that let others know where you’re going. The LED lights are activated by a metal contact switch placed between the thumb and index finger. To activate the turn signal, the metal contact switch must make contact. Though Zackees is intended for cyclists, it can also be used by runners and skaters.
With a little imagination, you can create your own gloves. A GEMMA micro-controller and Lipo battery could be used with some neopixels to form the signal for each glove. Then, conductive fabric with a bit of padding or two metal female snaps could be added in the thumb and finger area to activate the signals of the gloves. Have some fun and don’t forget to post your version!
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