Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Hottest Wheels

This concept works on both BMX and Mountain/Road bikes; Animated wheels that can produce words or images as a bitmap image...depending on how fast you cycle, the design will either stay stationary or be programmed to spin or scroll across. The DIY legends at Ladyada have developed a home-kit to allow you to make the glorious contraption in your own home!

This is what they had to say about the kit:

"Spoke POV is an easy-to-make electronic kit toy that turns your bicycle wheel into a customized display! The project includes a free schematic design, open source software for uploading and editing stored bitmap images, and a high-quality kit with all the parts necessary to build your own.

Specifications and Features:

30 LEDs on each side (22 for BMX) x 256 radial pixels
Runs on 2-3 AA batteries for 10 hours or more, assuming 3000mAh alkalines and 50% image coverage.
Can run on rechargable NiMH AA's
Comes with high-brightness red/yellow/green or blue LEDs
Automatically shuts off after 3 minutes
wxPython based software runs on any Linux or Windows or Mac with Parallel port or serial port
Design is all through-hole parts, perfect for a first time kit builder.
With one spoke, total persistence at 15mph. Two spokes, 10mph. Three spokes, 7mph. (Assuming a mountain bike wheel). Looks cool even if not completely persistant.
Great for safe riding at night, provides excellent side visibility.

Make your own by following the step-by-step guide on Instructables

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