Cycology
Emily Peng, Quan Ng
J N Burnett Secondary
Floor Location : M 113 N

Cycology is a device that can be installed on a bike to alert both the bike and the car about each other's’ presence. Many people today do not bike for a number of reasons. But the number one reason that people do not bike is that although they would like to, the fear of getting struck by a vehicle trumps everything. So with Cycology, we predict that if bikers were alerted about approaching cars, then there is more assurance to the biker’s safety, which will lead to more people biking and less accidents on the road. If there were more people biking than driving in the future, it is also economically beneficial seeing as less greenhouse gasses are produced. Our purpose therefore is to be able to make Cycology not only beneficial to humans but also to the environment

Cycology uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect motion. Our device will have a software program installed to sync with the motion sensor, buzzer, and LED lights. The motion sensors will detect approaching cars and the LED lights will warn the car about each other’s presence. The buzzer will also notify the biker if he or she is not paying attention to the distance detector. The small compatible device installed on the back of the bike will activate blinking lights when the driver is in close range. To test out Cycology, we had a person walk towards the bike while the bike is still and while the bike is moving. We also tested at separate times during the day and during night time.

From the data we collected, it seemed that our testing produced a pretty consistent result. Out of the twenty times we tested, only 5 times the lights on the LED seemed to have delayed reaction, and out of those five, three was from testing in the dark. This relates to our hypothesis and purpose because we achieved our purpose in this innovation since it is proven that Cycology is able to give advanced warning to the biker and the driver. Cycology would sense the car from a two meter distance and set off the buzzer and blue LED lights, as the car comes closer to a 1 meter to 0.5 meter range, yellow LED would be turned on.

From the results of our testing we found out quite a few important factors to our device. The mass of the object and speed effects the detection of the motion sensor. If a person was to come by, it is harder for cycology to detect him/her.This is a good factor to our device because it keeps it from detecting small things around the biker what would interfere with the system. The speed of the device is also relevant because from our testing we concluded that if the object is approaching very slowly, it would be harder for the device to detect. However this does not create a problem in our device because the car can only slow down so far.