Vice is a conceptual smart bike lock system that not only acts as a secure lock, but helps bikers safely navigate their route. My teammate, Jennings Hanna, and I observed a need in the current bike accessory space to combine a smartphone activated lock with the features of route navigation.
The lock sits securely on the handlebars while biking. The user unlocks the lock via the Vice smartphone app. The app syncs with the lock to incorporate other features such as route navigation, destination progress as well as a headlight.
Our numerous discussions and brainstorm sessions eventually led to our decision to design a smart bike lock.
We created a semi-functional prototype that was wired to an Arduino with multiple switches and buttons to control the LEDs.
Green LEDs = beginning of route, yellow LEDs = middle of route and red LEDs = reached destination.
Blue LEDs blink to indicate an upcoming left or right turn referencing the mapped route on your phone.
The system includes the lock, wheel dynamo and transmitter that is attached to the spoke of the wheel.
We used the prototype to shoot a user experience video throughout the streets of Manhattan.