People love listening to music while exercising. Music provides the motivation needed for individuals to keep exerting energy and get in shape. So, because people enjoy listening to music while exercising, what if an MP3 player only played an individual's music while they are active? Using music as an incentive to continue exercising would encourage individuals to work harder and remain motivated in order to listen to their music.
This workout shirt utilizes a LilyPad MP3 player and an accelerometer in order to detect whether or not the wearer is moving, and if so, it plays his or her music. The goal of the system is to promote an active lifestyle for wearers. Follow the instructions to create your own workout shirt MP3 player that is powered by exercise!
The price of our system ranges between $60 and $100 based on parts used, the cost of the shirt, etc. It is affordable, easy to understand and create, and will help promote healthiness and physical activity in society!
The Arduino IDE must be downloaded (free at http://arduino.cc/en/main/software) in order to run our code.
Our code can be downloaded here: https://iu.box.com/s/vc81v70ifv4ebw68d7qq
Check out the working system here:
Step 1: Acquire Parts
-LilyPad MP3 player (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11013)
-LilyPad accelerometer (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9267)
-RGB rotary encoder (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10982)
-3.7V Lipo (lithium ion) battery (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/341)
-Micro SD card
-Headphones or speakers
-Conductive thread and a sewing needle (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10867)
-Alligator clips (for testing the circuitry before sewing)
The following are optional components that can be used to expand the system:
-Rainbow LEDs (for enhanced visualization)
-Vibration board (for adding a physical aspect of the system to the visual aspect of the system)
-Button (for manual calibration)
-On/off switch (for extra control of the system)
-Extra fabric and card stock (for integrating the system with the shirt using an easier, more durable setup)