Wearable turn signals for motorcycle jacket #WearableWednesday
Thanks to Justin for sending in his awesome project! Read more on his blog here.
We have mentioned the project that created metasphere before, a remote started motorcycle powered by an Arduino, an iPhone and the metasphere platform. What we haven’t mentioned, is that we modified a standard riding jacket into a “smart riding jacket” to accompany the motorcycle. The jacket displays right and left light-up turn signals synced with the bike’s own signals, via the Flora wearable platform and NeoPixels sewn into the fabric of the jacket.
The metasphere platform made it possible to send the data from the bike to the jacket instantly, creating a realtime, integrated product that communicates a rider’s intentions clearly and safely.
Using the metasphere SDK for Arduino and iOS, we quickly had the Arduino in the motorcycle and the Flora in the riding jacket communicating with the iPhone using serial Bluetooth 4.0 Bees from Seeed Studio.
The project took some creativity and careful planning.
Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel version 2 – Pack of 4: What’s a wearable project without LEDs? Our favorite part of the Flora platform is these tiny smart pixels. Designed specifically for wearables, these updated Flora NeoPixels have ultra-cool technology: these ultra-bright LEDs have a constant-current driver cooked right into the LED package! The pixels are chainable – so you only need 1 pin/wire to control as many LEDs as you like. They’re easy to sew, and the chainable design means no crossed threads. Read more.
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