The MMX is an automated gesture-controlled wearable for runners. It responds to the motions that are normal during running and can direct light as needed. The gestures are used to set the preference and mode, and the default behavior is to suspend the illumination of the light when the hand is closed and resume illumination when opened. All the user has to do is extend an open palm towards areas which the user desires to illuminate. The MMX improves in several ways where a headlamp or flashlight fall short including:
When complete the glove will be a universal comfortable fit and lightweight accessory that the user wouldn't dare go on a night-run without. It will improve safety without impeding on the natural motions of a runner. The MMX initial prototypes has been developed using an Arduino Pro Mini, a flex sensor, and an 8 LED Neopixel array. The system can output 128 Lumens at full brightness setting, and runs on a rechargeable LiPo battery. The MMX firmware is under development on Github here.