Arduino Technology
Turn signal bike jacket

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Leah Buechley used her LilyPad Arduino to make this soft circuit turn signal bicycle jacket, great for spring – Link.

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22 thoughts on “Turn signal bike jacket

  1. The Flickr pool is so annoying! Yes, thats great, but schematics? Information at all? How does she activate the turn signals? Pictures are useless without information! :S

  2. I was about to post the same thing, J. How is it controlled? What good is a flickr post without schematics or at least a description of the thing?

  3. No worse than a video of something someone built, doing something cool, with no supporting info. Actually, this is somewhat better, since we don’t have to sit through two minutes of low-res flv to watch some lights blink.

  4. I was wondering when someone was going to get around to this!

    I’m thinking of buying a motorcycle in the next year and was considering doing something similar to my jacket, possibly also using a GPS unit to monitor speed and cause separate LED’s to flash slower/faster depending on how fast you’re going.

  5. God lord this is nerdy! Turn signals?? Come on! Couldn’t you put a better design on there? Like maybe “Disco Stu” or something. Wait, that’s even nerdier… shit.

  6. Unless she rides completely upright (i.e. wrong, unless she’s on a beach cruiser), I see little use here. No one will be able to see it.

  7. This would work great for a lot of hybrid bicycles, and many styles of motorcycles. It seems it should be simple enough to have this be a Bluetooth application, with the sender on the motorcycle, built in to either the switch (which facilitates something similar on a bicycle), or in the bulb assembly.

    To BigD145: no replacement to sticking your arm out? I see anything that keeps your hands on the controls while riding in traffic (MY streets are chock full of potholes and debris right now) is a great idea.

  8. This would work great for a lot of hybrid bicycles, and many styles of motorcycles. It seems it should be simple enough to have this be a Bluetooth application, with the sender on the motorcycle, built in to either the switch (which facilitates something similar on a bicycle), or in the bulb assembly.

    To BigD145: no replacement to sticking your arm out? I see anything that keeps your hands on the controls while riding in traffic (MY streets are chock full of potholes and debris right now) is a great idea.

  9. They need to be on her bum, not her back.

    +1 to Nataraj on the arm sticking out rebuttal. Arms ain’t real visible in the dark either.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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