Cyclists know how important it is to have lights on their bikes when riding at night. Now, you can take your riding — and safety — to the next level with this smart lighting system from Revolights.
Founded by Kent Frankovich in 2011, Revolights has been developing lighting systems that attach onto a cyclist's wheels that illuminate the wheel for increased nighttime visibility.
Now, the company has revealed improvements to its Eclipse lighting system, as well as introduced its new Eclipse+ product, a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows cyclists to get even more features when using the accompanying app.
Revolights has made improvements to its Eclipse smart lights by getting rid of cables and introducing a new rechargeable battery that clips onto the ring of the wheel. Users simply snap the battery on and turn the on/off switch before riding in the dark.
While there are already a few bicycle LED options on the market, Revolights' system is more than just a small red blinking light. The Eclipse provides 360-degree visibility via white and red LEDs located on rings that are mounted directly on the front and rear wheels and clip onto the spokes. Eclipse tracks your wheel speed to detect when you hit the brake, which then makes the back red brake lights flash to inform traffic you are slowing down. The front white LED functions as a legal headlight that illuminates the ground, street signs and of course, the road ahead.
Revolight's new Eclipse+ brings even more intelligence into this smart lighting system. A different model than the standard Eclipse lights, the Eclipse+ will also give cyclists turn signals that flash on one side to indicate left or right, which is controlled on the bike's handlebars or via a smartwatch that can detect arm gestures.
Using the Revolight's app and Bluetooth technology, the smart lighting system will present ride tracking data such as speed and distance in real-time, give the battery status of the lights and allow the user to control the lights (turn them on/off). The app will also provide weather alerts in the near future.
The smart lights are now designed to be locked up with the wheels, so that cyclists don't have to remove them to prevent them from getting stolen.
Revolights has introduced the Eclipse updates and new Eclipse+ via an Indiegogo campaign, raising more than $85,000 in just 10 days. It originally had a goal of $26,000.
Those who pledge $216 will get an early bird special price on the Revolights Eclipse+, which is estimated to be shipped in June 2016. The product will retail for $249.