Bike PixelsJuly 19, 2022
Bike Pixels is a project with the aim to build a set of highly customizable rear and front bicycle lights. The current prototype enables to pick an image (square, circle, heart, alien, etc.), change the color (almost any like red, orange, yellow, blue, green, etc.), configure the brightness and setup the desired animation (static, blinking, beating, moving).
We plan to produce two products:
- Bike Pixel S: a smaller version (~4x4x4cm) to be mounted on the front of the bike.
- Bike Pixel M: a smaller version (~6x6x2cm) to be mounted on the front or the rear of the bike.
- Bike Pixel L: a bigger version (~9x9x1cm) to be mounted on the rear side of the bike or like a wearable or on a backpack.
We have the mission of spreading the word about the Open Hardware and Open Software world. and the project is englobed on the Open Hardware movement. Along with each model, a complete documentation and all the sources are published. In our blog we promote topics like DIY, electronics, PCB creation, 3D printing and other topics related with the maker world.
The project has been already certified by the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) and all the documentation to build our current prototype is available on GitHub.
In addition keeping our Open Hardware vision, we want to sell DIY kits with all the required pieces necessary to build your own version at home.
Bike Pixels is not finished yet. Currently we are working to include a build-in battery, add Bluetooth communication, create Android and iOS applications that will enable setup custom images and animations and develop some automatic functionalities (like indicate turn or stop maneuvers).
We have also a long term vision. In the future we would like to release other cycling (and not only) wearables like gloves, helmets, shirts, etc. With this aim we are experimenting with new components like neo pixel belts, flexible RGB matrixes. We have a lot of ideas!