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Students aim for safer cycling with Smart Gloves

Any urban cyclist can tell you that along with the joys of biking comes the need to stay safe on the road: keeping an eye out for obstacles such as cars, pedestrians, and other hazards. A group of electrical and computer engineering students set out to make biking safer through technology and created Smart Gloves.

Each glove uses an Arduino microcontroller that was trained on more than 8,000 samples to recognize basic hand signals used in biking: right turn, left turn, slowing, and stopping. Powered by a 3.7-volt Lithium-ion battery, the gloves have a light detection and ranging (Lidar) system that measures how close objects are to the cyclist. They notify the wearer about hazards via a patterned vibration or pulse.

The gloves also include a 60-lumen LED turn signal and have a three-hour battery life.

The Smart Gloves team members, Jairuss Ramos, Isaiah Tala, Anugrah Talwar, and Changshen Tao, are all seniors. To learn more about their project, visit their Engineering EXPO page.