[or the Shin Up Shapeau. Or the Chin Up Chap! Oh!]
I’ve been thinking a lot about how my posture changes in relation to whereabouts I am as I walk around Birmingham.
As I approach what I perceive to be high risk areas I believe I adopt a significantly more defensive stance: lowering my gaze and stooping slightly. Of course, there are hunches and there are hunches…
I made the Chin Up Chapeau to measure the angle of my head and log it along with locational data so I can see exactly how my posture relates to space. Do I really stoop, or is it, y’know, all in my head? Where are the danger zones? Are the boundaries clearly defined?
The Chin Up Chapeau sports a gps receiver [EM 406a], a tilt-compensated compass[CMPS10], a logging device [OpenLog] and an arduino clone microcontroller [RBBB] along with a few other accoutrements like a soft switch and an indicator LED.
There are still a few niceties to be sorted out, but here’s a visualisation of a quick walk last night:
I’m going to log data as I walk around the city, but I’m very aware of how easy it would be to ‘fake’ the outcomes to match what I think they should be.
Or perhaps I’ll be concious that I’m watching myself and instead make an effort to keep my chin up at all times…
At the very least I now have an electrically heated hat to keep me cosy!