This project's funding goal was not reached on September 24, 2011.
About this project
Thank you for visiting our project page on Kickstarter. With your support, we believe that together we can revolutionize cycling safety by bringing an innovative new product to market
What is the YouTurn?
The YouTurn is a patent pending motion-activated signaling system for cyclists. Using accelerometer technology, it reads the position of the riders hand in three-dimensional space, then activates one of two designated light patterns, quickly and accurately communicating the rider’s intention to nearby motorists.
What is the Money for?
The YouTurn is currently in the prototype stage. While it works great, we think it could be a lot better. That’s why we’ve contracted a product design firm to take this concept to the next level by producing a pilot run of a world-class version of this device.
The initial budgetary quote for development of this project is roughly $50,000. That covers the industrial design, engineering, as well as the first 1000 YouTurn systems. That’s why we’re offering a pre-order for just $50. There are also several other options for people who love the idea, but don’t want to kick down 50 bucks on a pre-order.
You used Arduino prototyping parts, why can’t I just build my own?
You totally can build your own, and we support the open source arduino community! That being said, the components are relatively expensive, and the prototype won’t hold up to the weather like a finished product should. Bikers ride in all types of conditions, and this product should be able to support them no matter what the weather is like. That’s why we’re here asking for your support. We want to be able to provide every cyclist with an affordable water-resistant and fully functioning version of this product.
I already have lights on my bicycle. What makes the YouTurn special?
The YouTurn uses motion activation to control the directional lights. That means that there are no switches or buttons to worry about, and there’s nothing to attach to your bicycle. If you want to go left, you simply extend your arm to the left, and the lights turn on automatically. It’s that easy. I’ve tested it on my two year old, and she can do it.
Additionally, it reduces the risk of theft. Lights and other devices mounted to the frame of the bicycle increase the likely hood that your bike will be stolen. The YouTurn can be taken with you wherever you go.
We have put a lot of time and energy into this project, and we think it will revolutionize the way that cyclists and motorists interact, while simultaneously increasing safety and reducing collisions and fatalities. If you think this is as cool as we do, please pledge and help spread the word. Thank you!
YouTurn News/Media Coverage (Updated 08/30)
- KGW Newschannel 8 (YouTube News Video) *NEW
- ABCNews.com Video Feature
- KATU Channel 2 News (ABC) - (YouTube News Video)
- KPTV Channel 12 News (FOX) - (YouTube News Video)
- KOMO News 4 Seattle
- KVAL Channel 13 News (CBS)
- Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
- CFAX 1070 with Alan Perry "Tech Evangelist" (Video/Audio)
Haha, and no. The components on the prototype were left exposed on purpose to draw more attention to arduino and open-source microcontrollers. It also looks cool pretty cool. The finished version will be completely encapsulated and waterproof... No risk of shock. Even if you were wearing a prototype, it's powered by a AAA battery and doesn't carry the charge necessary to shock you.
- (60 days)