A project log for Anglerfish for Bikes

It's dark, you're out late, and can't find your bike. Press the button on your phone or remote and the bike lights up and lures you back.

bob-baddeleyBob Baddeley 08/17/2015 at 13:390 Comments

In the last log, we had the firmware working. Previously we had the mechanicals and the electronics done. Now it's time to install!

I'm still not sure how this will be permanently affixed to a bike. I'm thinking it probably will need to come apart (the bike has to fit in my car for the trip to Burning Man, and the tall floppy thing won't work). The sphere has to be stuck to the pole, and the pole has to be stuck to the bike.

I purchased a steel rod from the raw stock section of the hardware store for a couple bucks. Then I bent the end into a hook and tied the sphere to it. I'll tie it better later, and probably soak it in glue so that it can't go anywhere. A long term solution is warranted, but for a one-off, this is fine for now.

As for the other end, I used a hose clamp. The nice thing about this option is that it's easy to take on and off, and when tightened I could lift the bike by the rod.

Here's what it looks like installed:

At night:

Of course, here you know where you're looking, and there aren't that many bikes. Where it'll really shine (get it?) is out in the desert or outside a big club or party, where you'll be able to easily pick your bike out of a sea of bikes.