Developed in Madrid, BLINK! Saddles provide the rider with brake lights, turn signals and position lighting. The inventors claim the turn signals make indicating easier to see for drivers and other cyclists, and safer for the rider themselves as they don’t have to risk losing balance by giving an arm signal when turning.
The video shows that the saddle has a main light in the middle, and two lights either side for signalling.
The indicating signals are performed via a wireless remote system controlled from buttons on your handlebars. An SBS ‘Smart Brake System' also senses when the rider is slowing down, beaming out flashing warning lights to notify traffic behind. The lights have a claimed 270 degrees of visibility, so traffic can see the rider from all angles as well as straight in front.
Charging is a simple affair via USB, and the whole unit is completely weatherproof. With $5000 already raised on Kickstarter, BLINK! Have 25 days left to reach their $45,000 target, with the first shipping and delivery dates scheduled for November 2017. With a 30% discount offered if a backer pledges 115 euros, this suggests the RRP will be 165 euros when the saddle goes on general sale. More info can be found on the BLINK! website or on their Kickstarter page.
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