For my final project in aesthetics of design I decided to make a motion changing LED snowboard. I got this idea when I was on a snowboarding trip back in January and thought about how I could make my snowboard more attention grabbing. I also considered night boarding or late afternoon boarding when the sun begins to set, and how it is hard to see the ground in front. Also Keystone offers nights skiing however the lights they have are not the same as seeing everything, especially other boarders. So I started looking into LED snowboards, there are none that come from manufacturers, all that I could find were people who made their own. All the ones that people made were just static colored LED snowboards. So to make my project dynamic I decided to make it change colors with the motion of the board. Below shows where I got the inspiration to do my project.
My next step was to pick an aesthetic to apply, and given the LED’s I was limited in choices. I chose a glow in the dark aesthetic, and had to chose between a white glow or a colored glow. And given that colors were a main part of my project I chose to use colors. Below shows some pictures highlighting the aesthetic I wanted to apply.
For the dynamic piece, I wanted to utilize an accelerometer to change the input voltage to the lights, since this is how the colors are controlled. I was going to need to create a circuit in which the output voltage of the accelerometer was amplified to a different color in the lights. Below shows a simple circuit in which the LED’s (which require 12 volts) can be powered with an amplification circuit.
Then I began making sketches of how I wanted the lights to be applied. Originally I wanted them to cover the entire snowboard so that it would really glow, but later decided to just do a simple ring of lights around the circumference of the board. I also wanted to apply the lights to the bindings to give the design depth, but after the COVID-19 outbreak I could not retrieve my bindings from where they were stored.