“Be seen. Be safe.”: Smart helmet pairs with Apple Watch, signals via hand gestures

The days of pushing signal lights on a bike’s handle bars are over—say hello to the Lumos helmet. The helmet (compatible with iOS) allows riders to signal which way they will turn with nothing more than a hand gesture.

To do so, riders simply pair the helmet with their iPhone via Bluetooth, which is then calibrated with the appropriate hand signals via the Apple watch. When in use, the hand motions that were calibrated are then displayed via 11 LED lights, almost like the blinker on a vehicle.

This innovative Lumos helmet not only protects cyclists that choose to go on a midnight ride, but it also offers various impressive tracking qualities, such as distance traveled, speed, and time. The helmet can even sense when a rider is applying the brakes to slow down, which again, looks similar to when a vehicle puts on the brakes; except it’s on the back of the rider’s head.

The Lumos website describes its product as “the world’s first smart bike helmet that beautifully integrates lights, hard brake, turn signals, and helmet into a single cohesive whole.” The helmet is weatherproof and safety certified. It also boasts a rechargeable battery and integrated lights. Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

“Lumos started with a pair of engineers asking themselves how they could improve their own cycling experience and safety on the road. We loved commuting to work by bike, but all too often it’d feel so dangerous. So we decided to make a solution. A helmet that can make us and our intentions more visible. We announced the idea out to the public and fellow cyclists seemed to love it. The rest is history.”

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