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Tinker Tailor Solder DIY: Emerging Bike Safety Tech

With the convergence of crowd-sourced funding, democratized prototyping technology and easier access to production hubs, a new generation of tinkerers and designers have emerged in recent years, making niche products inspired by everyday living (minus the focus groups). Applying the ethos of West Coast garage hackers of the 1970s — think Steve Jobs and his ilk — these so-called makers are rewriting the rules of consumer technology. And with the cycling synergy among tech and design folk, it's hardly surprising that there's been a particularly big surge in bicycle gadetry.

This series will round up a range of new bike tech ranging from the odd to ingenious, innovations that may someday fundamentally reshape the experience of riding a bike. This week BikeNYC takes a look at emerging safety gear. Have suggestions or contributions to this series? Add your input in the comments section below.  

Torch: Bicycle Helmet with Integrated Lights

Torch: Bicycle Helmet with Intergrated Lights"Torch is the result of over two years of research and development by industrial designer turned entrepreneur, Nathan Wills. After months of long cross-town commutes in LA, both by bike and car, he was inspired to launch this brand with a line of products designed to make cyclists stylish in the day and visible at night." More here:


Bike Spike: Anti-Theft and Crash Alert Device

The Bike Spike Beside an iPhone 5

"The BikeSpike’s patent pending technology allows you to pinpoint your bike’s location via the web or mobile app. It is the first interactive solution that provides law enforcement with a tool that gives your bike the best chance it’s ever had at being recovered. You can also grant temporary access to your bike’s location empowering friends, family and social media followers to view the exact location of your bike. An on-board accelerometer adds an additional level of security, and can even be configured to contact loved ones in the event of an accident..." More here:


BLAZE: Laser Bike Light

BLAZE: Laser Bike Light
"BLAZE is a front light with super-bright LEDs, but it also projects the symbol of a bike down onto the road ahead of the cyclist. It’s adjustable, but ideally about 5m in front. It alerts road users ahead of the cyclist of their presence, helping to prevent them turning across their path (especially the big ones like buses and trucks!).  Making the cyclist more visible and increasing their footprint on the road." More here:


Hövding: Airbag for Cyclists

Hovding: Airbag for Cyclists.

"Hövding is a revolutionary bicycle helmet, a new innovation designed for the modern cyclist. Not only one of the safest helmets on the market, but also a discrete chameleon that easily becomes part of your outfit using the changeable shell. Unlike other cycle helmets, Hövding is worn as a collar around your neck. The collar contains an airbag that will inflate and protect the head in the event of an accident. Compared to ordinary cycle helmets, Hövding provides the best shock absorption in the world." More here:


MYBELL: a Customizable Electronic Bicycle Bell


MYBELL's Brooklyn based team."MYBELL was created because I could not find a product on the market which would allow me to ride my bicycle comfortably in NYC. I only found alternatives which I felt would ostracize cyclists - air horns and such. Nothing existed that would give me the freedom to trigger my own sound at a loud enough volume. I decided to scratch my own itch...The MYBELL team is a scrappy trio of tech and business. We are also all bike enthusiasts and love riding in NYC. MYBELL has won Finalist standing in New York's Next Top Makers competition." More here:



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