Flip-indicating bike lights use GPS to answer their location
There at the moment are a variety of “smart” bike lights obtainable, that do issues equivalent to mechanically switching on when it will get darkish outdoors. The turn-indicating ioLight is completely different, although, in that it is triggered by the consumer’s GPS coordinates.
Made by Los Angeles-based bike gentle producer Lumenus (which beforehand introduced us a biking jacket with integrated turn-signal lights), the whole ioLight system consists of a free iOS/Android app, plus a Bluetooth-equipped white LED headlight and pink tail gentle – that mentioned, the colour of the LEDs may be modified through the app.
Earlier than setting out on a journey, the consumer begins by opening the app and indicating their vacation spot. The software program proceeds to pick out the quickest cycling-friendly route from their current location to that place.
As soon as they begin pedalling, the app mechanically alerts them to approaching turns by sequentially flashing the headlight’s strip of LEDs within the path of the flip. The tail gentle likewise flashes in that very same path, with each lights letting motorists know which approach the bike owner is heading.
If the consumer needs to override the app, they’ll manually activate or deactivate the flip sign perform (on each lights) by urgent buttons on both aspect of the headlight. And in the event that they go for an off-map shortcut – or in any other case do not wish to solely observe the mapped route – that change shall be famous by the app, and may then be included into the automated flip alerts on subsequent journeys.
Moreover, at any time when the rider is approaching a “difficult” space equivalent to an intersection or roundabout, the headlight will mechanically begin strobing to make sure they get seen. And at any time when they hit the brakes, a movement sensor within the tail gentle detects the deceleration, and responds by pulsating.
The lights may also be bought individually and used as a normal headlight or tail gentle, with out the app. Each have an output of 200 lumens, are IPX5 water- and dust-resistant, characteristic 360-degree visibility, and will reportedly run for over 30 hours per cost of their 3.7-volt/2,200-mAh lithium battery. And as an added bonus, they glow in the dead of night even after they’re switched off.
A two-pack consisting of each lights may be bought now through the hyperlink beneath, at a limited-time introductory worth of US$160. After that, the determine will rise to $200.
The ioLight system is demonstrated within the following video.
Introducing ioLIGHT by Lumenus