velosynth is an open-source bicycle interaction synthesizer. it interprets the speed and acceleration of a bicycle into expressive audio feedback. Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 2, 2010.
About this project
KITS & UNITS SOLD OUT, BUT:
enclosure kits are available for $20 so you can roll your own — this includes the enclosure, bungee cords, mounting velcro, a 3D-printed spoke magnet holder, magnets, and a hall effect sensor. add your own hardware and electronics!
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velosynth is an open-source bicycle interaction synthesizer. it interprets the speed and acceleration of a bicycle into expressive audio feedback. this feedback loop helps to increase awareness of the cyclist within the transportation environment — much to the same way one can both hear and see a vehicle approaching. it is designed for user modification, completely open-source, and released under creative commons share-alike license.
after a year of research and development, we're very excited to offer a super-alpha, hella-low-level kit. this release is primarily aimed at hacker-savvy cyclists familiar with microcontrollers, electronics, and programming.
it is our hope that these kits end up in the hands of creative, self-starting individuals keen on sharing their ideas and documenting their work. we believe in open source and need your help to explore the possibilities of bicycle-based computing!
we're operating under a very tight timeline and razor-thin margins to get these kits delivered to the right people for a whole summer's full of hacking and experimentation. needless to say, we'd appreciate your help in spreading the word to anyone you think might be interested.
more information: http://velosynth.com
checkout our docs: http://wiki.velosynth.com
design process log: http://velosynth.tumblr.com
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
we'll send you a zip file containing an mp3 of velosynth sounds made as an artifact of the development process along with a velosynth coloring book and crossword puzzle pdf that you can print out yourself. and of course, we'll keep you up to date on the project!
Pledge $20 or more
2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)
ENCLOSURE KIT — add your own electronics! this kit includes 2 vacuum-formed enclosure shLs, bungee cords, mounting velcro, a 3D-printed spoke magnet holder, magnets, and a hall effect sensor. combine this with your own hardware to create the hackable bicycle computer of your dreams!
Pledge $100 or more
10 backers All gone!
everything you need except the batteries! this hacker-friendly, super-hella-low-level DIY kit includes a jeenode (arduino-compatible) microcontroller, three-axis accelerometer, and all the electronic bits to make some bleeps and bloops on your bicycle.
Pledge $250 or more
2 backers All gone!
a hand-built velosynth made just for you, completely patched up, and a reasonable amount support to get it up and running. beware, you'll still need to have some familiarity with microcontrollers and such; this is just a quicker way to get started, albeit more expensive.
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