I just heard from those little rascals at Synapse Wireless. It seems that they are offering everyone the chance to win a free wireless networked propeller beanie (CLICK HERE to enter).
As you may recall, these little scamps (the folks at Synapse, not the propeller beanies) have been busily beavering away in their top secret underground command bunker implementing CapNet – the world's first wireless mesh network to be deployed in propeller beanies. CapNet will be unveiled for the very first time at the forthcoming DESIGN West 2013 Conference and Exhibition.
The idea is that the propeller beanies can use their wireless mesh network to keep track of their compatriots. When two or more people wearing these propeller beanies move into close proximity, their propellers will start to spin and their super-bright LEDs will start to flash.
The caps come equipped with all sorts of sensors, from thermocouples (so the propeller spins if your head starts to overheat) to accelerometers to… the list goes on. Also, each cap comes with an associated wireless USB stick (supplied by the folks at SparkFun
). When you plug this stick into your PC, you can create simple Python scripts that you can download "over the air" into your propeller beanie to monitor and control all sorts of "stuff", such as setting a unique pattern on the flashing LEDs (as a really simple example).
You would not believe how many people are emailing me saying "Can you get me one of those propeller beanies."
(I didn't realize I was so popular or how many friends I had :-)
Until now, all I've been able to say is "Your best bet is to attend one of the Free Hands-On Training Sessions at Design West."
But a lot of folks can't make it out to Design West, so now I'm also telling everyone to REGISTER
for Synapse's Free Draw for the chance to win your very own propeller beanie.
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