March 5, 2012 AT 2:14 pm

Night biking gloves

Clever! Irene at Fashioning Technology writes:

The Early Winter Night Biking Gloves consist of knitted wool gloves having conductive areas on each fingertip as well as on the palm of the hand. When forming a fist they close an electric circle, causing the LED-arrow at the back of the hand to light up. A 3V coin cell battery needed to power the LEDs is hidden in the cuff of the gloves.

Additionally to increasing the safety of cyclists, conductive areas on the fingertips also allow to use your smartphone while wearing the gloves.

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6 Comments

  1. Fantastic idea! I’ve been meaning to work on my knitting skills. I’m going to have to find some conductive wool…

  2. Our thin conductive yarn would be great for this project! Check it out: https://www.adafruit.com/products/603

  3. Plain clever. An tilt sensor would do the job too, but it would be more expensive and would require more power.
    What’s next? A power laser at the tip of my finger for blowing up #*%ยง$@# bike hating car drivers

  4. I’ve thought about making a tilt sensor turn signal…the problem is that it won’t work properly when you’re moving, due to centrifugal force (i.e. the sensor won’t detect the tilt).

    I love the idea, Becky, and I’m going to give this one a go. This seems more practical than the turn signal jacket.

    Question, what was your power source and where did you attach it?

  5. oops, now I noticed the external link. silly me.

  6. @danpan I didn’t make these, as I wrote above Irene from Fashioning Tech is responsible for this awesome project!

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