Revolights promise next level of 'Tron' bike lighting + video

LED wheel lights getting cleverer yet

by nick_rearden   December 5, 2011  

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A group of engineers and designers from Palo Alto, California are in the final stages of developing a wheel-mounted LED lighting system that not only passively marks out the position of the bicycle for other road users but also throws a forward beam to actively light the road ahead.

So called 'Tron' lighting systems like the Cyglo tyre-mounted LEDs we posted about back in September 2010 are inspired by the 1980s Hollywood sci-fi film where the heroes appeared to ride around on neon motorcycles. Up to this point, systems like the Cyglo "Tyres Built To Be Seen" are designed to provide a large area of illumination so that car users in particular can easily pick out a moving bicycle particularly amongst other brightly lit traffic.

The new Revolight system currently in development for a March 2012 launch according to UK trade magazine BikeBiz takes the idea a step further by mounting an array of LED lights on lightweight alloy rings attached to both sides of the wheel rims. A clever system of sensors and a microprocessor constantly assesses speed and direction so that the lights, in the case of the front wheel, only fire when they're in the forward facing position.

According to the Kickstarter website where the Revolight team raised over US$200,000 in funding from 1,442 investors, the project is now in its fourth and final version before tooling is made to enter production. One of the final steps is to design the "lightweight and slim, USB rechargeable polymer lithium-ion battery" so that it's almost invisible "on the hub."

Needless to say, a March launch in the USA will not mean Revolights will be available the same month in the UK but we'll certainly be keeping a close eye on this.

 

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I like these a lot ! Smile

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posted by timbola [212 posts]
5th December 2011 - 14:33

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Now this is awesome!!!! Well done! Hopefully that will be another successful kickstrater campaign and a soon awailable product!

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posted by ekynoxe [42 posts]
5th December 2011 - 14:40

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What a great idea. Hope they can make it to production.

posted by Alan Gordon [13 posts]
5th December 2011 - 15:52

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I WANT SOME!!!!

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posted by georgeince [69 posts]
5th December 2011 - 18:00

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luv em

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posted by JAndrewHill [1229 posts]
5th December 2011 - 20:17

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clever as!

posted by paulfg42 [379 posts]
8th December 2011 - 0:08

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