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Posted using TxtLJ [Apr. 21st, 2007|10:28 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I would pay money for windshield wipers that synced to the music....
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[User Picture]From: gleamicus
2007-04-22 05:36 am (UTC)
I have always felt the same way about turn signals.. sometimes I'll go so far as to manually flick the turn signal in time to whatever I'm listening to.

Yeah, I'm a loser.
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[User Picture]From: herbie
2007-04-22 07:49 am (UTC)
I feel ya, brother. I've never met anybody else who did that, too. I guess i still haven't, but at least between you and me, we have the beginnings of an online support group.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-22 10:18 am (UTC)

Maybe it was a dream, but...

I seem to recall the delay mode on a wiper controller for some car where you'd flick the wipers on, then off-on again to set the period.... something like that.

You could build the controller with a button on the dash for now, to let you tap out the tempo... then figure out the BPM bit later. Maybe at wiper frequencies, a simple analog filter might be sufficient.

Just hope Enya doesn't come on when a storm hits.

Great idea, Brad!
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[User Picture]From: youngoat
2007-04-24 05:25 am (UTC)
I always want my turn signal to synchronize with the cars around me, especially since I usually *hear* mine, but *see* theirs... I hate the desynchronization.

It'd be kinda' a fun problem too. Everybody starts out desynchronized, but then slowly they converge... and then all the cars at the stop light are blinkin' together.

Completely pointless, but *oh* would it be satisfying. =]
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[User Picture]From: ciphergoth
2007-04-22 07:55 am (UTC)
Clearly, we need a new metadata tag for music files which gives rhythm information. It'd be handy for DDR too...
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[User Picture]From: hughe
2007-04-22 09:00 am (UTC)
just a list of timecodes and beat type would do it.

i'll get writing a relay control winamp plugin...

or pic chip implementation might be beter.
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[User Picture]From: matthew
2007-04-22 09:47 am (UTC)
The beat can be determined programmatically but it's a fairly heavy duty algorithm from what I remember so it would be best to run that when encoding and store the info in the BPM id3 field, you might need a bpm offset time so that you can find the start of the beat... of course that doesn't work for funky songs that change their beat... anyway. Past that it'd be a fairly simple microcontroller project to wire it to the intermittent wiper circuit. Oh yeah, and you'd need an mp3 player that was open enough to get the id3 tags out of it and into the MCU.
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[User Picture]From: spydielives
2007-04-22 03:13 pm (UTC)
Hi Brad,

I am sorry for leaving an inappropriate (to your post) comment but another user pointed me to your journal this morning. I don't know if you follow every writing competition and such that takes place on LiveJournal. I am one of those dumb contestants in therealljidol.

The topic we had to write about for Round 14 is "My Favorite LJ User and Why." It occurred to me that you might have a passing interest in reading my entry: With Apologies. I hope you like it (and understand the spirit in which it was offered).

Amy
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[User Picture]From: glyphard
2007-04-23 02:11 am (UTC)

it already exists!

trade in the audi and buy a 2000 Jetta
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-04-23 02:18 am (UTC)

Re: it already exists!

Hah, that's great... I'd forgot about that commercial! :-)
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[User Picture]From: tabbylove
2007-04-23 02:19 am (UTC)
it would be money well spent
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From: griff
2007-04-23 02:32 am (UTC)
In a similar vein, I've always thought the wake-up-ruts on the side of the road should play tunes using the vibration of your car. To get the song to sound good, you'd need to be going the speed limit :)

Griff
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-23 02:47 am (UTC)

Patented

Somebody's patented it.

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6177775.html
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2007-04-23 05:58 am (UTC)

:)

That could get kind of crazy depending on what tune was playing. :)
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2007-04-23 07:07 pm (UTC)
the bike has wipers?
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2007-04-24 09:36 pm (UTC)
and you call yourself a hacker? ;)
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