Speednite's smart bike flashlight makes it safer to ride at night

Hong Kong inventor Kim Luke saddles his bike just after sunset. Less traffic means more freedom, but obstacles remain. In order to notice them in the dark in time, Kim taught his lantern to shine exactly where his gaze is directed.

The control module, which is also an analogue of the on-board computer, is mounted on the handlebars of the bicycle, and a motion sensor is attached to the rider's helmet. The connection is wireless, the response time is minimal - as soon as you instinctively take your eyes off the road to see the object in front, the 800 lumen lamp obediently changes the angle of inclination, illuminating the desired point in space.

Turning the head to the right or left is interpreted by the system as a command to turn on the turn signal. Thin but bright laser beams will show others the projection of the bike's trajectory on the asphalt. The same function can be activated manually, but Kim relied on automation. You shouldn't be distracted and lose the pleasure of the trip.

Along the way, the Speednite gadget collects invariably useful information about the speed of movement, cadence, and if there is a sensor connected, then it records the rider's pulse. The data will be useful for paramedics and police officers, whom the device will automatically call to the scene of an accident, specifying the coordinates in the GPS. The system is capable of automatically detecting signs of a dangerous situation.

A typical iOS / Android app is used to control the Speednite, and the batteries last for 2 hours at full power or up to 40 hours in economy mode. The bike upgrade weighs 330 grams, costs about $ 150 at the stage of fundraising through Kickstarter and up to $ 300 later, in retail.