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The Spoke-O-Dometer broadcasts the current speed and cumulative distance of a cyclist from the wheel of the bike. The device calculates this information in real time via a small computer, and uses ‘persistence of vision’ technology – LED’s that flash in a specific sequence as the wheel spins – to produce the display. Exposing this information creates the potential for new social interactions between cyclists and the public.

By broadcasting the current speed and cumulative distance of a cyclist – figures we are used to seeing associated with cars – we hope to spread greater awareness of the significant role bikes play in moving people around the city.

The Spoke-O-Dometer is completely open-source – instructions on how to build your own are documented on the project website Open Source Urbanism.

Team: Rory Hyde and Scott Mitchell

Featured on: Hack a Day and Adafruit Industries.
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“We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late 80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a ‘slowmotion catastrophe’ one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly.” − David Suzuki

The slow motion catastrophe lamp is here to remind us that every time we switch on the lamp we are contributing to global warming. We may be living in what will be referred to in the future as ‘the ice cream age’. We will tell our grandchildren about a magical time when we could purchase a soft serve from a Mr Whippy van for 40 cents and we could enjoy the semi frozen cream in a cone whilst walking along the beach, without it melting in front of our eyes.

The lamp is made from 100 layers of coloured acrylic sheet, created through a process of physical modeling, 3D scanning, laser cutting and hand assembly.

Team: Tai Snaith and Simon Knott
Awarded 2nd place in the Lightcycle competition.
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