turn signal biking jacket

made w/ lilypad arduino, LEDs, & wrist mounted switches for control


tutorial now up here:


  • pecunium PRO 7y

    riquif: If you weren't trying to assert some claim to the idea, you chose a poor way to introduce yourself.

    I'd have said (were I in your position) , something along the lines of "that's cool, co-incidentally there's already something like this on the market."

    It was the inclusion of, "we also happen to own the patent", which raised hackles (I, who have no dog in this fight, took it much as oskay did). It implied that this jacket was infringing your patent, and the creator was at risk of legal action if she should try to market it.

    That may not have been your intent, but the use of "we" and the "feel free to contact me if you have any questions," certainly gave the appearance of a sort of restrictive injunction.
  • Jon Rawlinson PRO 7y

    very cool! I want one!
  • g.townsend 7y

    I would sugest, lower on the back for bent-over roadies. Cool idea.
  • crmcdonough1952 7y

    I looked at the patent as well.

    It seems overly broad, and I think that it would be a interesting proposition to see which set of lawyers would be granted payment of fees from the other side.

    Especially since the patent claims that the garment is meant as a "novelty, " and not as a workable and utility garment.

    One of the problems with the current administration is that they have consistently kept underfunding the patent office, so that items that are overly broad, nebulous, with no working prototype and clearly conflicting with prior art, have been granted patents. The patent office has been constrained to award the patents, and are counting on the courts to actually do the determination of prior claim.

    I also seem to recall seeing gimmicked turn signals on bicycle-rider jackets in the 1960s. I also have see a good number of people at MIT who have arranged LEDs into signboards woven into their garments over the years.

    There is also the determination that a patent is invalid if the idea is really only .trivially non-obvious.

    And I don't think this would patent would pass the smell test.

    Now, if you had actually been marketing a working garment, you might have had a case under trade dress restrictions, if you had bothered to trademark the look-and-feel.

    If not, bye bye.
  • Sebas 7y

    Video reportajes de bodas, comuniones. Producciones multimedia para grupos musicales. Flipanema Studio Multimedia www.flipanema.com, También realizamos diseño gráfico. visite nuestro porfolio. Estamos en Grao de Gandia - Valencia España
  • kasia wska 7y

  • Bilobicles Bag 7y

    ...siempre he pensado que las señaleticas, reflectantes o luces que pide la ley de transito pueden ir incorporadas a la ropa del ciclista... inclusive un simple gorro puede llevar una luz intermitente atras... pero la ley no valida esto aquí en Chile a menos que se cambie, muy interesante y creativa esta propuesta...
  • sandyherrold 7y

    Can't believe you didn't decide to call it TurnCoat! Sheesh!
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious PRO 7y

    "Turn Coat" Ha ha! Brilliant!
  • Leah Buechley 7y

    I like it ;-)
  • Josh Larios 7y

    crmcdonough1952, the patent says "novel" not "novelty". That said, it seems like #6,558,016 would be more applicable.
  • oakling 7y

    I want everyone to stop arguing over patent law long enough to tell me who is planning to sell me some of these :)
  • Leah Buechley 7y

    you have to make your own ;-)

    I'll post plans as soon as I get a chance.
  • Leah Buechley 7y

  • annreddysrikanth 6y

    hii frndz this is srikanth,,,,,,this is a great idea of designing the turn signal biking jacket,,,good work. i am an Msc student and now my project is also related to same concept.,,,,,,

    Project Title: Wearable Indicator
    Abstract: An application of this would be an enhanced glove worn by a cyclist which would display a flashing light when the cyclist signalled to turn. In the first instance a PC could be used to detect a signalling pattern of movement of the arm and to generate the light pattern by switching an electro-luminescent wire or patch on and off.

    it shld be done by using Wii controller technology,,,,,so any one can please help me out for my project,,,,,
    my email id is annreddysrikanth@yahoo.com
  • Mayri07 6y

    hey i really love this idea

    i would like to make som of my own but ur link is not working. anyway i can get this info?
  • Hanne 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wearables, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • FuriKuri 5y

    The link doesnt work :(
  • Hamid Rahmani 4y

    how do i buy this? please tell me
  • Anne Watkins PRO 4y

    love love love
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