Smart Earphones for Cycling

2009 – Philips Research – In this project I investigated the context of cycling while listening to music in traffic and I designed earphones that detect approaching traffic, which could be a danger to the user.

This project had a strong research focus and centred on the users’ -teenagers’- actual behaviour and instead of trying to prevent people from listening to music in traffic it tried to enable this behaviour in a safe way.

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Overview: idea sketching, field testing, prototyping, and final product

An abstract can be found in the TU Delft repository.

Presentation (video) from The Web and Beyond 2010 conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands