August 17, 2009

Spooklight signals your cycling intentions with a wireless indicator and brake light

City cycling is an activity fraught with danger but cyclists’ safety can be enhanced by increasing their visibility and also by signaling their movements to fellow road-users. Options such as the Safe Turn Indicator help in that department but now there’s a new product called the Spooklight that could achieve the same feat without the need to strap LED lights to your wrists.

The Spooklight kit consists of a wireless combination turn signal and brake light, that fits to the bike seat shaft, and a touch-sensitive panel that connects to the handlebars. A built-in three-axis accelerator sensor detects acceleration and deceleration to automatically activate the red LED brake light to warn following traffic that you are slowing down, while the touch-sensitive panel allows you to trigger the left or right orange turn signals and alert people of your intentions.

The respective units connect to a computer’s USB port to recharge the in-built Lithium polymer battery, which also works as a power bank via the included power output cable to top up a phone or MP3 player while on the road. If you’re not draining the batteries charging a raft of devices they should provide roughly ten hours of power to the control panel and around 60 hours' worth of power to the LED light unit.

The light unit also can be set to continuous and flashing LED light modes. The control panel and light units are waterproof and feature quick-release brackets for easy removal. All up the Spooklight will only add an extra 90g (3.17oz) to your load and will fit most bicycles.

The Spooklight kit is available now for UKP£54.95 (approx. USD$91 at time of publication).

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