As a person who has been injured frequently and that has had to attend physical therapy for months, I’ve always looked for ways to make my experience more fun while receiving the best care and exercises available for my injury.
What it does
heaLED reacts to the contraction of muscles in your arm and provides different light sequences and sounds for different motions.
How we built it
We programmed two Adafruit Neopixel rings using the Arduino IDE and the Arduino Uno to interact with motions from the Myo. We used the Myoduino and Adafruit Neopixel libraries and the built-in muscle contraction-tracking technology of the Myo Gesture Control Armband to control the colors and patterns displayed on the Neopixel rings. Later, we added the buzzer to correspond with the Neopixels’ changing colors. From these components, heaLED was born.
Challenges we ran into
We initially had difficulty connecting the Myo band to the Arduino Uno. Later, we ran into difficulties with sound causing a delay between the interactions with motion and lights.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Everything! We are proud to have learned to use the Myo band and how to work in the Arduino IDE. Also, getting the sound to work without a major delay.
What we learned
We learned more about soldering, constructing circuits, working with the Myo band, and connecting the Myo band to the Arduino Uno.
What's next for heaLED
We would like to expand heaLED by creating games that more accurately show when the user is performing the motions required by their physical therapy correctly. Future iterations of heaLED would recognize a wider range of motions (compared to the five that are currently recognized) and be wireless (perhaps using a bluetooth-enabled Arduino board or a Raspberry Pi). Also, we would like to get rid of the minor delays between the sound, light, and motion.