Final Project: Crash Helmet

By Varun Gupta (varung1) and Craig Morey (cmorey)   

The Crash Helmet is a bike helmet that marks out locations where people have been killed while cycling to the rest of the Pittsburgh community. The helmet currently uses the location of the recent death of cyclist Susan Hicks near Forbes and Bellefield.

The Crash Helmet uses a LightBlue Bean to activate a high-wattage LED that is powered by a lithium polymer battery. The LightBlue Bean connects to an iPhone over Bluetooth, and when the iPhone comes within 20 meters of a crash site, the LED on the helmet lights up.

A previous version of the project can be found here.

Below is a Fritzing Diagram of our electronics


A video of the project in action is below:

Vimeo / Varun Gupta – via Iframely


A photo of a person(Craig) wearing the helmet is also below


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