To light the way home after a late night cramming at the library, Christina and friends designed this smart bike light. Using two microcontrollers and powered by a battery pack that mounts to the bike's down tube, the device monitors both the bicycle speed (via Hall Effect magnet) and amount of daylight (via photoconductive cell). When dwindling light is detected during operation, the unit sounds an on-tone and exposes and turns on an array of white LEDs. A four-line LCD display indicates both status and speed.
Click here to download instructions for the The Vindicator XL Bike Light Smart Bike Lights Parts List
Allied Part #
4×16 character 1 cm, stn reflective
LED bright white
Additional parts required: PIC 16F84A and PIC 16F88 microcontroller; mini DCM pulse motor, generator, 60 tooth gear
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.