PENNIE

An Arduino-powered Race Training Progress Lamp

Pennie was inspired by my own struggles to stay motivated as a long distance runner. The result is a smart lamp that tracks your progress through Hal Higdon’ half marathon training schedule and rewards you for your hard work. 

METHODS
Prototyping
Arduino
Laser cutting
Instructables

CONTEXT
MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts

CATEGORY
Product Design, Digital Fabrication, Physical Computing

INSTRUCTABLES

You can make your own by following the instructions here

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HOW IT WORKS

Each time I log a run on the Strava app, an IFTTT applet recipe triggers a to transfer $4 to a vacation fund in my Qapital account. Another Strava trigger logs that run on a Google Sheet, with cells that correspond to 12 benchmarks I’ve set for myself. Through an Adafruit.io applet, each of these benchmarks lights up a new coin on my Pennie Lamp and displays my progress. On race day, Pennie will be completely lit and set aside money for my next vacation.

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How it’s made

The physical lamp is made of laser cut acrylic sheets that are layered to reveal yellow coins through the front layers of diffusion. The circuitry includes Neopixel-compatible RGB LEDs and an Adafruit Feather Huzzah board that respond to the IFTTT triggers. 

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