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CA$ 865
pledged of CA$ 85,000pledged of CA$ 85,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 23 2015 6:10 PM UTC +00:00

About

Black Dove can Save your Bike

When you mount your bike on the roof of your car, the bike sits much higher than the car and it's easy to forget the bike is up there. Give your bike a voice by installing the Black Dove Early Warning System. Black Dove will warn you when you’re headed for disaster, saving you money and embarrassment.

Don't let this happen to you.
Don't let this happen to you.
Most of us know at least one person who's ruined a bike and carrier, probably with some damage to the car, all because they forgot the bike was up there.
Don't forget your bike's up there!
Don't forget your bike's up there!
 

On average, a mid-range road bike carries a price tag of $1800 and the average roof rack is carrying 1-3 bikes. That's an investment of as much as $5000 on the roof of your car. If you forget once to take them down before you enter your garage, you can cause a lot of damage.

Easy Mount and Operation

Attaching quickly and easily to your bike (handle bars, seat post, etc.), Black Dove works with your mobile phone to detect low-clearance objects in your path and warn you of potential collision.

Once installed, you simply open an app on your mobile phone and Black Dove will do the rest.  As you approach a potential obstacle, your phone will sound an alarm to notify you of the potential danger.

Let Black Dove keep an eye out for you
Let Black Dove keep an eye out for you

Not Just for your Garage

Away from home, you may stop along the way at a drive-thru restaurant and forget your bikes are up there, and that can ruin your whole trip.  For a modest price, you can buy peace of mind that you will always be warned if you are approaching an obstacle that your bikes may not clear.

Protect Your Car-Top Carrier

Black Dove includes a snap-on bicycle handlebar mount as well as a flat surface mount for other surfaces.  Use Black Dove to protect your car-top carrier or anything else mounted up out of your sight line.

Protect car-top carriers with Black Dove
Protect car-top carriers with Black Dove

Works with RVs, Cube Vans, Trailers

Black Dove is wireless, so you can even mount it on top of your RV trailer and have it notify you in the car if you are approaching a low structure.

Black Dove Specifications

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth LE, compatible with all BLE compatible devices
  • Battery Life (expected): 6 months or more
  • Mounting: bar mount, flat surface mount, device is clip-on removable for security
  • Detection Range: currently up to 10m with high resolution
  • Enclosure: weatherproof sensor enclosure

Ongoing Work

Bench Prototype
Bench Prototype

Our prototypes work great!  We get a detection range of up to 10m and we're working on extending that range.  We're also working on extended battery life and reduced response time.  Our fully programmable platform allows us to hone the detection and signalling algorithms on the sensor.

Schedule

Black Dove Schedule
Black Dove Schedule

Risks and challenges

Black Dove consists of two components: the sensor and the alarm app for mobile devices.

We have sourced and tested several sensors and we are confident the mechanism we have chosen for our prototype provides the right mix of rugged construction and maximum range with a low probability of false detections. As the first run of devices come off the production line, we will need to continue to optimize the detection algorithms to ensure maximum range and minimum false detections in all kinds of weather conditions. We continue to test the limits of our prototype devices to mitigate this risk.

For the mobile phone app, we continue to work to minimize the reaction time of the system so that he user is notified as quickly as possible when an obstacle is detected. There are a large range of mobile devices in use today and it is a challenge to provide an app that works on as many devices as possible. We expect the initial release of the apps will work on iPhones 4S to current models as well as relatively new Android devices.

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