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By Bouh
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About

Stingray is a patent pending front bike light with a built-in alarm system. It’s really easy to use, just unplug the torch from the cradle and the alarm will engage. The alarm uses a smart motion sensor, so if anyone tries to move your bike the 120dB siren will give them a real shock! When you reconnect the torch the alarm will disengage and the battery will charge, meaning the alarm requires no maintenance whatsoever. Stingray works with your favourite lock, giving you a dual layer protection system. We're crowdfunding to bring Stingray to market and we need your help!

 

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UPDATE: Alarm system can last 1 MONTH without needing to reconnect to torch, not 10 days as stated in video.

 

 

The torch is the key to the cradle – a simple solution that makes using an alarm system seamless for any cyclist. Removing the torch engages the alarm and reconnecting the torch disengages the alarm and re-charges the alarm battery. A pre-configured panic state causes Stingray to be extra sensitive for the first 5 seconds when armed, meaning if your bike is stolen in person you’ll have a quick way of protecting yourself by bringing attention to the situation.

The alarm cradle is charged via the torch unit, meaning you only have to recharge one device to keep everything powered up. The alarm battery can last 1 month without needing to reconnect to the torch, keeping your bike safe even when you are not using it.

Stingray is fastened to your handlebars using an aluminium metal strap, which is locked in place using the custom key. The flexible design allows it to be attached to any handlebar shape or size, yet the material is almost impossible to cut. 

THE CRADLE

  • Keyless alarm system activated by the torch
  • Smart motion sensor designed for cycling
  • Doesn't need manually recharging

The cradle houses the alarm and is packaged into a die-cast aluminium case, making it both lightweight and strong. A tamperproof custom screw and key are provided with each unit, to ensure only you can remove Stingray from your bike, and make Stingray almost impossible to remove by any thief.

What makes Stingray unique is the innovative alarm system, developed specifically for cycling. Utilising a 6 axis motion sensor and lots of algorithms, we’ve taught Stingray how to recognise the difference between a real theft and an accidental bump or knock. Rest assured you won’t get false triggers. 

Stingray can also calibrate itself to any position making parking in a vertical, horizontal or even upside-down bike rack a breeze. The siren is designed to emit a noise of 120dB and is directed towards the rider – meaning any opportunistic thief is in for a shock.

THE TORCH

  • 4 Lighing modes
  • USB rechargeable 2600mAh battery
  • Complete weatherproof design

The torch has a built in 2600mAh Li-Po battery that is rechargeable via USB, good for up to 15 hours of use on the low light setting. When connected to the cradle, the torch charges the alarm battery and keeps it ready for action. The torch features an oval beam shape and several lighting modes – fit for any urban riding scenario. Weighing in at just 120g, the torch is light enough to easily fit into your pocket or backpack.

IN THE BOX

Also includes protective sticker and user manual.
Also includes protective sticker and user manual.

HOW TO INSTALL AND PAIR

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Please note: The Stingray unit used in this video is a prototype that has suffered minor aesthetic damage due to in house testing. Final production units will be to a higher aesthetic standard.

HOW TO USE

LIFESTYLE

When commuting and parking in the city, Stingray is your bike’s best friend. The torch keeps you visible to other road users whilst the cradle keeps you well protected. The low beam and flash modes allow you to conserve power when on a long journey, and the high beam mode clearly illuminates the road when street lighting is poor, giving you a complete lighting solution wherever you go.

Whether you park your bike outside your favourite café, keep it locked in your shed or use the railings outside the local shops, know that Stingray’s all weather proof design, robust metal construction and energy efficient electronics will keep your bike safe.

REWARDS

Please note all pledges are subject to shipping, costs dependent on your location.

TIMELINE

TECH SPEC

TEAM & STORY

It all started after my bicycle was stolen… several times. One of these times even included having it stolen in person. I began thinking about how easy it was for this to happen, and I wanted a better solution that could add an extra layer of security but also fit into any cyclist’s lifestyle. From this passion I developed Stingray – a bicycle light with a built in alarm system. It gives you immediate protection when you need it, it’s robust, reliable and loud; but most of all it’s really, really easy to use! I’ve been developing Stingray for over two years now, starting from my bedroom (June 2015) to a full functioning product development team (June 2017). Some of you may have also noted we did a crowdfunding campaign last year in Oct 2016.

My background is in engineering, and I have long loved the technical aspects to any project. We have a planned trip to China after the campaign where we intend to meet with our shortlist of manufacturers. I understand the complexity of manufacture and the difficulties of building a new product and getting it shipped out across the world. We have some great fulfilment partners in Manchester to manage our stock and shipments – they have a track record of first class service. Our product design team also have over 15 years’ experience and have brought many products to market – the knowledge they bring to the table is invaluable. Further supported by our seeding investment, we are in a strong position to build and deliver Stingray whilst making no compromises to quality. We hope you can support us, and join us on our mission to make better bicycle security.

The Bouh vision: empower cyclists to feel safe whilst riding and parking their bikes. I know the shocking feeling you get when something of yours is stolen, when your stomach makes its way into your throat and you wonder what could have been done differently. I hope Stingray can be of genuine benefit to many people by giving them that extra layer of protection and comfort when they need it most.

 

Risks and challenges

Developing a new product carries risks, and even with an experienced development team on board these risks cannot be completely removed. As mentioned it is our utmost priority to deliver a high quality product. The forecast areas of risk in development are:

• Weather-proof testing
• Destructive testing
• Manufacture teething for both mechanical and electronic aspects

We have an in-house testing procedure in place to ensure product quality is optimised in design to the highest standard. We also intend to run a beta test for interested backers (survey will be sent out after campaign) to verify our first production run. The manufacture handover period and tooling periods in the timeline are allocated for this purpose.

With regards to technical performance we have already demonstrated most of Stingray’s capabilities according to the technical specification. The transition to manufacture is possibly the greatest area of risk. We have quotes in place for major components and accurate estimates for other parts. We have in all cases added a large amount of contingency to ensure we have enough capital to cover manufacture teething problems. Please also note that final testing and certification will be done on our manufactured units which, due to manufacturing techniques, will differ slightly from the prototype unit pitched in this campaign. In most instances performance should only improve. We will endeavour to keep all of our backers updated with the progress of our project, and always maintain complete transparency.

Logistics and operations are handled by our fulfilment partner who has a track record of first class delivery service; as such the risk in this area is minimal. If all goes well we should have a seamless transition from production to delivery. Overall we are in a strong position going forward to bring Stingray to market. The last piece to the puzzle is you guys! We hope you join us to make our product a success.

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