Today, I’m presenting the second finalist in our master level HCI course at Uppsala University: “Interface Engineers”. This project group consists of the master students: Felix Lüer, Sema Osman, Vijith Quadros, Thomas Konstantin Schmitt, Ajay Krishna Shilesh, Rosendo Solvas Navarro.
This finalist group also focused on presenting information in a way that doesn’t require moving one’s hands from the bike handles or switching focus to e.g. a separate device screen, but instead of utilizing AR and glasses they proposed a solution based on haptic cues. Their proposed cylindrical devices should be inserted into the bike handles and the idea is that the devices should present information in the form of vibrations which are felt through the handles. There are basically two types of cues that are presented in this way: navigational cues (left and right handle vibrates depending on in which direction you should turn) and warnings about approaching objects (the proposed cue is vibration in both handles). The end of the devices also have a LED light attached which informs others of turns made. There are some other features included as well.
Of course, a lot of technology needs to be developed for this proposed solution to work. If you want to see how this project group wants to utilize a blue tooth connection as well as proximity sensors, GPS modules and some other components to make this idea work you should definitely pay their project blog a visit! There you can also see lots of pictures of the prototype.