30 Jul '15, 7pm

Build a Readable Bicycle Computer

Build a Readable Bicycle Computer

Last month, Paul Wallich brought you a bicycle-mounted lidar for detecting cars approaching from behind. I’m continuing the cycling theme this (Northern Hemisphere) summer with a bike computer designed for middle-aged eyes. Like many people my age, I struggle to see the tiny display of a typical bike computer: I can’t very well put on my reading glasses while I’m pedaling. Also, I enjoy exploring unfamiliar roads, which makes navigation a challenge because I don’t carry a smartphone. My old CatEye cycling computer, which just reports how fast I’m going and how far I’ve gone, is no use at all in that regard. There are, of course, commercial products that could help me navigate on my bike, but they are expensive, and their compact displays are, again, difficult to see—even for youthful eyes if you’re out in direct sunlight. These issues led me to explore a DIY solution. My c...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/build-a-reada...

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