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
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.
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.
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.
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
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