Bike Data Broadcaster Connecting indoor bikes with fitness gadgets and apps.

The DFC Data Broadcaster is a Bluetooth LE device that allows Peloton bikes to connect to fitness watches, bike head units, and apps. In real-time it reads data on a cable from your indoor bike and broadcasts power and cadence data wirelessly to other platforms like Zwift and Garmin. This allows the simultaneous use of services from other platforms in addition the service offerings of the bike.


Ambient Display. The internet of things meets feelings.

LexIrie is a device that pulls in text from a search of websites (e.g. Twitter) for the term “I feel” (it is also configurable to search for any other terms) and then displays the search result that comes back. The results are whatever is returned from that real time search. What you see can be happy, sad, funny or incomprehensible. LexIrie then searches the returned results for key terms (like good, bad, and sorry) and then changes its light output to reflect the mood of what’s being displayed.LexIrie is designed to operate without a connection to a computer which enables placement in many locations. Once configured it requires only an ethernet cable and a power source.

More information on the design of LexIrie and configuration options can be found in the design section.

Design details

Walnut Cabinet. Custom built cabinet.

This A/V cabinet is made from two sheets of walnut veneered plywood. The design was inspired by the Housefish Key A/V cabinet. All fittings are either dovetail or press-fit. The finish is done with pure tung oil which is all natural and non-toxic but takes a couple weeks to dry between coats. This was the first project I used a router on and it was nerve racking but after careful measurements and some test cuts everything fit. The toughest part was getting the curves to match on the top and bottom pieces. My initial cuts with a jigsaw required a lot of filing and sanding to match up. The cabinet was sized to maximize use of the 4'x8' sheets and resulted in only a handful of waste wood.

Lamp. Made from steel pipe and controlled by touch.

I designed this lamp after seeing some similar products for sale for several hundred dollars and thinking I could do that myself. A trip to the hardware store and an afternoon later I had this. It's about $35 in piping, $5 in wiring and $10 for the touch controlled dimmer. The toughest part was getting the wire through all the bends in the pipe and getting the fittings tight enough.


Intelligenate designs and develops interesting projects ranging from the functional to the whimsical. It is run by Jason Veneman who enjoys working on “stuff that matters” for both technology and society.

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