Wearables

Signal

An automatic signal lights device for helmets. Get attention, Signal intention.

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Rating

6.7

About the Project

Signal is an automatic signal lights device for helmets. It activates turn signals and brake lights using patent pending motion-tracking and brake-detection technologies. Designed to be attached to the back of helmets, Signal is created with the purpose of enhancing your safety.

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  • Founder: N/A Tang Haoyang Ryan
  • Company: Signal
  • Goal: $7,339.00
  • Entry Level Price: $43.00
  • Campaign Ended On: August 19, 2017
  • Delivery Date: December 2017

"About the Project" and "Claims" content are taken from the campagin as is.

Reality Check

  • Claim:

    It activates turn signals and brake lights using patent pending motion-tracking and brake-detection technologies.

  • Reality:

    The technology paired with motion tracking, is definitely possible. However, the appropriate functioning of this feature may vary. For instance, when a cyclist looks over his/her shoulder, the Signal would then activate (according to the FAQ in the campaign). When this occurs, other motorists or cyclists could perceive a cyclist as turning instead of just looking over the shoulder.

  • Claim:

    Attach To Your Helmet

  • Reality:

    As claimed, the Signal will fit MOST helmets. It may be beneficial to consider the Signal fitting a helmet before backing. Results may vary.

  • Claim:

    Turns On When Picked Up

  • Reality:

    With the motion sensing tech, this is a beneficial feature of the Signal.

  • Claim:

    Head-Turn-Activated Signal Lights

  • Reality:

    This is possible, yet this technology present the risk of confusion by other cyclists or motorists, as many cyclists are routinely checking over their shoulders as they ride.

  • Claim:

    Zero Buttons, Zero Switches, Zero Worries.

  • Reality:

    “Zero Worries” is a bold claim that may need to be considered before backing.

  • Claim:

    Low Maintenance.

  • Reality:

    Because of the simplicity of the design, and the auto turning on feature, the Signal should require little upkeep, but results may vary.

Bottom Line

Signal is a great idea backed by technology and research focused on increasing safety in the cycling industry. The backer should note that there are many options available in the cycling market that use wireless buttons on the handlebars, which may provide a bit more consistency than the Signal. While it is a great step in hands-free cycling technology, the Signal may need to answer some questions such as - will the helmet signal a turn, when the cyclists is just looking over their shoulder?

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