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Secondary School YPEC 2020

SS12 – Smart Direction Gloves

The Smart Direction Gloves are targeted to solve the issues of personnel from cramped car parks needing to direct traffic passing in and out as lightweight equipment that takes up minimal space. They are wearable technology twin-gloves that use Adafruit Circuit Playground Express boards connected with LED sequins coded by Javascript, forming parallel circuits via conductive thread. The cost-effective and machine-washable green design is powered by a 3.7 V long-lasting rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. This ergonomically-friendly design includes strategic placements of components, open-cut adjustable fittings, and elastic materials for comfortability. The microcontroller includes motion-sensors, slide-switches, and buttons to change settings interactively for light intensity and energy efficiency. Red and green lights are on the front and back of the hands respectively, relevant to colour stimuli and connotations, visibility, and complementary colours. Use of the glove dictates that aspects of instinctive reflex arcs are incorporated, initiating instantaneous and involuntary reactions, evident in stimulations of the prefrontal cortex involving neurotransmitters, axons, and neurons. Finally, light tests examined the effectiveness and feasibility of the solution. It could be further integrated into wider applications such as the outdoors, aerospace control or military signalling to practically resolve safety concerns in future.

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