With the Cerervellum Hindsight in limbo (more on that some other time), there wasn’t anything on the market that could loop video recording to save a visual record of your ride leading up to an accident. Until now.
The Rideye gets the concept right with a simple, um, black box, and easy one button operation that records HD video and automatically saves a one hour loop in the event of a crash. It looks rather basic, but it’s the result of more than a year of development with precision CNC’d aircraft grade alloy housing the electronics, crash sensors and camera.
It records in hour-long loops and instantly saves it when it detects a crash or you turn it off. Unlike the Cerevellum, it records in 1280×720 high definition video, which they say makes license plates visible about 90% of the time.
The outer casing is mostly alloy with bullet proof Lexan inlays for the front and rear panels. Inside are all the electronics and two Li-ion batteries good for a month’s use with normal commuting to and from work. Technically, they’ll record for up to 24 hours before needing recharging.
The lens is a 120º wide angle lens, and it also records one-channel audio. Dimensions are 1″ x 1.5″ x 3″, and weight is just 300g.
An early prototype.
The “finished” product in final prototype form. To download the video, just plug it into your computer via the included mini USB.
Like many good ideas, this one was spurred by a major life event. Founder Cedric Bosch’s friend was the victim of a hit and run and seriously injured. If your worried this could happen to you (and what cyclist isn’t?), check out the project on Kickstarter and help back it. The minimum needed is just $36,000 to get things off the ground, and they’re already at almost $3,000 as of this post going live. There are the usual fluff items for small donations, but $99 gets you an actual Rideye unit, a discount off the expected $149 retail price once the campaign ends.
Standard units will record to a 4GB storage, but if you pony up $229, you’ll get a special 32GB model that’ll save up to 10 hours of video.
Estimated delivery is around March 2014, just as spring fever hits us all.