29 Jul '13, 8pm

LED backpack allows bikers to activate turn signals with their chins! #TheBenHeckShow

element14’s master modder uses Arduino LilyPad to build battery-operated pack CHICAGO – July 29, 2013 – Wearable technology takes new form in the latest episode of The Ben Heck Show airing Friday, Aug. 2 on element14 , the first collaborative engineering community and electronics store for design engineers and technology enthusiasts. Heck’s latest build is a battery-powered backpack with mounted LED lights that blink for 20 seconds in the form of arrows. The backpack is actuated by two 3D-printed switches mounted on the shoulder pads. Wearers of the pack can deploy “left” and “right” signals by turning their heads in the corresponding direction and flipping the switches on and off with their chins. Central to the pack is a set of wearable microcontrollers from the popular open source electronics prototyping platform Arduino, which Ben sews in with conductive thread. Like p...

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