Bicycle turn signals are an idea that have been around for awhile. Many have attempted to integrate them into bicycle wear, but few have succeeded to gain a real foothold in the market place. Most recently, Zackees successfully funded a Kickstarter for their turn signal gloves, which actually look pretty good. Even so, Useeme wanted to take the turn signal further – to create a design that checked all the boxes of being wearable, visible, and most importantly, Automatic.
Useeme finally has working prototypes with an intriguing design. Is this the future of bicycle signalling? See how the Useeme signals work and one of the more entertaining pitch videos, next…
Even if you follow all the rules of the road and always signal your turns, chances are half of the drivers behind you have no clue what the right turn signal means. Even if they do know, there’s a good chance they won’t see your signal or choose to ignore it. Add a bit of flashing LEDs however, and it will be sure to get noticed.
That’s the theory behind Useeme’s Smart LED Wristbands which automatically light up when you lift your hands off the bar. To signal a left turn, stick out your left arm, to signal a right turn stick out your right arm. I had always been taught that right turns were signaled with your left arm pointed upwards, but upon writing this I have learned that most states have amended their turn signal laws to also accept the left arm/right arm method as well – which is good news for Useeme.
The turn signals use motion detectors to activate 11 bright, orange LEDs around the band that are visible from all angles, regardless of the type of handlebar. Also, thanks to the flexible bracelet design, Useeme signals can be used with any gloves or jersey/jackets for year ’round indication.
Based out of Hungary, Useeme is a 3+ year collaboration between inventor László Nyirádi, plastic molding expert László Nyirádi Sr., engineer and electronics guru Viktor Mayer, customer care and administration specialist Nikolett Nyirádi, and Péter Balla who will handle the marketing and sales of the turn signals. As with many clever bicycle related projects currently, the Useeme turn signal comes to us in the form of an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. Pairs of turn signals can be purchased for as little as €34 (45.99), with the production versions selling for €49 ($66.28), but don’t forget shipping to the US will set you back at least another €15 ($20.29). The campaign runs until July 31st, 2014.