Cycling 🚴 is fun, but what if the roads are unknown? Never want to get lost, right? We have created something to help you navigate around using a bicycle.
What it does
Our project tells you when to turn left, when to turn right using only LED lights attached to handles of the cycle. It is powered by Google Maps Navigation which relays the directional information to an onboard NodeMCU ESP8266 and blins those LEDs.
How we built it
We used Arduino IDE to process & show the demonstration!
Challenges we ran into
Our biggest challenge was the unavailability of parts. Not to mention, it was also a tad difficult for us to collaborate in a virtual setting, mainly because it's a hardware-based hack, but we somehow managed to finish the project on time.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of finishing the project on time which seemed like a tough task initially but happily were also able to add most of the features that we envisioned for the app during ideation.
What we learned
A lot of things, both summed up in technical & non-technical sides. This was our 1st Hardware Specific Hack, so we're quite happy about finishing the project on time. Also not to mention, we enhanced our googling and Stackoverflow searching skill during the hackathon 😆
What's next for Driveright
We plan to integrate a Map-based UI on an OLED screen later on so that users can really see which location to go to. Phones are distracting and when cycling, it's easier for a rider to look into left and right turns. We plan to add in audio enhancements and auto gear maneuvers later on!