Technological Modernization is a normal thing in the world but creation of new gadgets that can link a vehicle like bicycle with your smart phone seems to be a new thing.
Canadian company CycleLabs has launched a smart device for bicycles that is designed to help navigate and track routes, and prevent theft Launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, the SmartHalo attaches to the handlebars of a bicycle and pairs with a smartphone to offer cyclists multiple functions like a visual navigation guide, complete with turn-by-turn signaling.
The design features a circular screen that displays information using a ring of lights. It powers up automatically when it detects motion and turns itself off when left alone.
What SmartHalo does is provide a dead simple green lighting prompt, connected via Bluetooth to the app on your smartphone, allowing you to keep the handset in your pocket as you follow the color-coded navigation guides on the device. To access its GPS functionality, the user inputs their destination into the smartphone app.
The suggested route is configured and transferred to SmartHalo, which indicates the direction to travel using the lights on the screen. Arcs of green light on either side indicate left and right turns, while a red semi-circle at the bottom prompts the rider to make a U-turn. The full circle illuminates in green when the cyclist has reached their destination. In addition to serving as a visual guide, the device also connects with the smartphone app to provide biking statistics, including distance traveled, average speed and calories burned.
Call notifications and weather alerts can be displayed on the screen, and an integrated headlight automatically turns on and off when necessary. Battery time is estimated at three weeks for normal usage.
The most fitting feature of the ‘smarthalo’ is the unlocking system that doesn’t require a smartphone at all. The touch sensitive display enables finger tapping, where riders can create custom tap codes, similar to morse code, making it virtually uncrack able.
SmartHalo, which will retail for $149, is available for $99 for early adopters via a Kickstarter campaign that has already reached $39,000 of its $50,000 goal. If you sign up to smarten your bike up, the makers promise to get the device to you by May of 2016.