The entrepreneurs at startup Helios have fabricated a novel product designed for increasing on-road safety. Two distinct, integrated handlebar/stems, geared towards city riders, offer Bluetooth enabled, multi-functioning, integrated lighting.
LED lights housed front and center within the stem cast a 500 lumen beam of light on the road ahead. Additionally, rear-facing, multi-color (RGB) LED lights housed within the aluminum bars keep things entertaining with three modes of operation.
The rear LEDs can function as turn signals activated by tactile buttons on either side of the integrated stem. Alternatively they can act as a speedometer, with the rear-facing LEDs changing in color as they communicate with your iPhone’s GPS via Bluetooth 4.0, allowing for real time visualization of relative speed. And for fun, the third mode allows for fully customizable, ambient lighting to cast a personalized glow to your night riding, all controlled by Helios’ iOS app, “Helios Connect.”
As if these functions were not enough, the guys at Helios decided to take it all a step further. Hit the jump to see how your Helios equipped bike can “see” you approaching, and fight theft…
With your Helios handlebars capable of communicating with your iPhone, your bike can now “light up” when it senses your approach, and “shut-down” when you walk away – you’ll never inadvertently leave your lights on again.
Perhaps the most pragmatic of Helios’ integrated functions is its reserve battery that powers a GPS tracking device within the handlebar, allowing the owner to receive SMS text messages relaying the coordinates of the bike, as well as a Google Maps link to its location (this function requires the insertion of a pay-as-you-go SIM card).
Helios states that even in the event a bike thief removes the lithium ion batteries (capable of powering the full lighting-system for seven hours), the tracking system remains powered by the reserve batteries for up to fifteen days. Thieves won’t stand a chance.
Helios bars are being featured on Kickstarter until June 19th for the promotional price of $219, shipping included. Estimated delivery is Dec. ’13.