Growing up, we were all told to put on our helmets before we got on our bikes to prevent serious injury if we get into an accident. But, what if wearing a helmet could prevent an accident from happening in the first place?
The call for using bicycles instead of fuel-guzzling vehicles is increasing across the world and even though riding a bike in a big and crowded city can help the environment, it can also be deadly. In the US alone, the number of fatal bicycle accidents reached 43,510 in 2014 while the number of those injured reached 50,000 during the same year.
US-based urban mobility company Brooklyness have designed the Classon helmet that can alert cyclists about approaching vehicles in their blind spot, as well as turn on signals and brake lights by tracking the rider’s movements.
“When cars approach, you are notified by a blinking light on the visor in your peripheral vision. We’ve developed a patented, non-disruptive, lighted visor interface that communicates with the rider, keeping them informed without taking their eyes off of the road,” the company says on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.
If cyclists gesture to the right or to the left, the Brooklyness helmet reads that movement and starts signaling to the vehicles behind. Cyclists can also choose their destination via the application and the helmet will vocally guide them. The helmet also detects any slowdown in the bicyclist movements and activates the brake lights.
“Use the Classon App and your phone communicates with the helmet. A series of directional lights under your visor tell you whether to go left, right or straight,” Brooklyness adds about their premium mobile software.
Cameras are installed in the front and in the back and can read the cyclists surrounding. The camera keeps records that can be accessed by the bicyclist to help in case of an emergency or a dispute. The installed cameras also allow bike riders to live-stream videos and create GIFs.
Since starting its crowd-funding page on Kickstarter, Brooklyness is close to reaching their US $30,000, garnering nearly US $24,000 at time of writing.