Thursday 26 January 2017

For the cyclists among us!

We feature from time to time news on products with at best a tenuous connection with industrial or laboratory automation. Here is something that we liked.

For the safety of both cyclists and drivers, bicycle lights are essential. Yet technology in this area hasn't changed much for decades, and the simple bike lights that have been available do not catch enough attention from drivers. For the last two years, Brightspark, a new start-up company, has been developing a more innovative and adequate product, and has announced that it will be available this year.

After two years of research and development, Brightspark is ready to launch its innovative product.

“Our intention is to make cyclists and vehicle drivers more comfortable and confident about sharing the road with each other,” said Dominic Walters, Founder of Brightspark.

Brightspark’s features are numerous and unique. The USB rechargeable headlight set can easily attach to a bicycle's handlebars with quick release grips. They may be detached easily also, allowing users to pack the product and take it with them, thus preventing theft. Simple to recharge, the light set's lithium ion battery holds charge for approximately five days of typical use.

Each unit includes a headlight, which can put out 300 lumens, creating up to 600 lumens of light per pair. A blinker set is incorporated in the product, with a flashing orange light located on the front and back of each unit. The flashing lights resemble vehicle or motorcycle turn signals, and can be viewed from virtually every angle. While the signal indicator is in use, the handlebar vibrates, which lets the rider know that it has been activated. It continues vibrating, reminding the cyclist if it's still on after the completion of a turn. The sophisticated addition of red roadway lasers is the neatest function of the product. Projecting bright red arrows on the road, the lasers let other travelers know the cyclist is turning.

• Brightspark will have a booth at The Bike Place at Silverstone next week (January 29-31). Later in the year, they will be present at the Interbike International Expo 2017 in Las Vegas (September 20 - 22, 2017). Last year, the bike accessory gained a lot of attention from attendees. In February, the company will launch a crowdfunding campaign on to make the bike lighting indicators available. Cyclists can back the campaign and become some of the first to use such an advanced bicycle safety accessory.

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