Traffic Light Cufflinks

[Brendan Sleight] has been hard at work on this wearable piece of tech. He doesn’t wear much jewelry, but a wedding ring and some cufflinks are part of his look. To add some geek he designed a set of cufflinks that function like traffic lights. Since he still had some program space left he also rolled in extra features to compliment the traffic light display.

That link goes to his working prototype post, but you’ll want to look around a bit as his posts are peppered with info from every part of the development process. The coin-sized PCB hiding inside the case plays host to a red, amber, and green surface mount LED. To either side of them you’ll find an ATtiny45 and a RV-8564-C2. The latter is a surface mount RTC with integrated crystal oscillator, perfect for a project where space is very tight.

The design uses the case as a touch sensor. Every few seconds the ATtiny wakes up to see if the link is being touched. This ensures that the coin cell isn’t drained by constantly driving the LEDs. The touch-based menu system lets you run the links like a stop light, or display the time, date, or current temperature. See a quick demo clip after the break.

11 thoughts on “Traffic Light Cufflinks

      1. Really clever and a beautiful build Brendan. I assume the battery is 3V. Do you have any problem with the Green LED dropping out before the Amber or Red LEDs as the battery voltage falls since it probably has a higher Vf?

      2. @Danj – thats why! Thanks!

        Yep 3V (CR927)

        Argg – Vf, When all three of the led are meant to be on the green is not displayed. This only happens when the cufflinks are displaying a number 0. Although this only happens with the surface mount LEDs, the breadboard design did not show this.

        No a problem, as normally traffic light does not display Red, Amber and Green at the same time (Trust me – real traffic lights switch-out instead). So the cufflink displays normal traffic light sequence, pelican sequence and everything else ok. Just that number 0 is a blink of the Red and Amber rather than all three blinking.

  1. Hey nice job, when you get production going, you might want to put some heat shrink tubing over the LEDs, keep them from bleeding into one another. that’s assuming there’s room, looks like a pretty tight build.

  2. While Brendan may not wear much jewelry, but, does wear some flashy jewelry when he does though. Nice build, but not something I’d never wear, because I don’t have shirts with French cuffs.

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