Kickstart Torch T1: The Next LED Bicycle Helmet

With the idea of integrating lights into helmets becoming more and more common, it was only a matter of time until someone took it to the level of Torch. Rather than small LED lights that simply clip into integrated ports on the helmet itself, the Torch T1 will utilize multiple LEDs built into the structure of the helmet with lenses that act as the shell of the helmet. The video above contains a working prototype of the T1 helmet which illustrates how the lights in the helmet will work.

While Torch isn’t a reality yet, it is very close to reaching its funding level on Kickstarter. With less than $5,000 to go, and 22 days to make it, there is a very good chance the Torch will make it to production.

Check out some product renderings, including the special edition all black T1, after the break.

From Torch:

Torch is a new brand that focuses on lit apparel for the urban rider and skater who’s not afraid to have fun after dark. The T1 helmet, our first product, is unique as it draws attention to the rider at night by elevating the light signature above city traffic. In addition to our primary goal of safety, we focused on creating a helmet with a clean, iconic style geared towards urban riders. To achieve this we started with a classic silhouette and kept the details simple.

The helmet will be produced using an in-mold technique with a thin polycarbonate shell and an expanded polystyrene body. This method creates a very light, yet strong helmet. Torch will also include an adjustable system for a more accurate fit, making the helmet safer and more comfortable.

The helmet features front and rear lenses which the LEDs project onto. This projection method is important as it disperses the light across the lens. This creates increased visibility and brighter light from wider viewing angles. The lenses also protect the LEDs from water, dust, and debris; as you see in the video.

The helmet will be available in three exterior colors (red, black, or white) plus a special Midnight Edition (black with smoked lenses). Torch will be fully CPSC/CE certified and retail for around $100. We are offering a discount to our Kickstarter backers because without your support we cannot  make Torch a reality. All funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards tooling, initial production, packaging, and domestic shipping to our backers.

We would like to thank our backers, and everyone who has been involved in the amazing process of the development of Torch. With your help we can make cycling safer ! 

Thank you.

Want a Torch T1? Get to it. If you choose to support their Kickstarter, you can call dibs on a standard T1 for $80 in support, which should be less than the planned $100 retail of the T1.

Comments

wyatt - 05/08/12 - 12:10am

cool idea. would like to see a realized version in a performance mtb helmet. How much light?

poindexter - 05/08/12 - 3:14am

looks good, but what happened to the ventilation?
would be way to hot to wear in my commute.
maybe T1 2.0?

Glyn - 05/08/12 - 6:37am

What a cracking idea, the Batteries won’t rattle like they do when they are on the bike and I would start wearing a helmet

Nathan Wills - 05/08/12 - 12:34pm

great comments.

-wyatt we will definitely be working on a mtb version in the future that will have brighter front LEDs so they give you plenty of light for the trails.

-poindexter we are working on increasing the size of the air vents to open it up a bit, however I ride around LA in our latest prototype day and night and don’t feel that it’s too hot (although I have no hair so that helps)

thanks for the comments

Editz - 05/08/12 - 1:34pm

Now I can star in my own Daft Punk fan videos.

justcool - 05/19/12 - 7:23pm

Very interesting helmet. How long does the battery last?

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