A Kickstarter campaign has started today for the Beacon Helmet with a £60,000 funding goal, with the project born of UK-based inventor Jeff Zhang's vision to "make cycling much safer".
It projects lasers either side of the cyclist and also in front of them to give drivers prior warning when a bike is approaching a junction. Beacon Helmet say the main issue it addresses is blind-spot accidents, by projecting a laser image 5-12 metres in front of the cyclist so they're visible even in the blind spot of lorries and buses when turning. They also say it could help to prevent pedestrians stepping into cyclists' path from behind parked cars.
The Beacon Helmet also encourages drivers to leave a safe distance when overtaking by placing the side beams over a meter out either side. As well as the front and side lasers, the helmet has indictator lights, an extra large indicator button, a brake light that automatically comes on when it detects deceleration, and front and rear LED's. It's even got built-in speakers that can be used for turn-by-turn navigation in conjunction with third-party apps, or playing music - though Beacon Helmet don't recommend distracting yourself by blasting out the tunes in heavy traffic. It's USB rechargeable with an estimated battery life of 3-5 hours, and weighs 400g.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.