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8RlichtBy 8Rlicht
First created
8RlichtBy 8Rlicht
First created
€10,088
pledged of €200,000pledged of €200,000 goal
169
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 29 2014 10:55 AM UTC +00:00

About

Op www.8Rlicht.nl kun je alles over het 8RLicht in het Nederlands lezen!

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Every 8Rlicht includes the new remote!!!

If you make a pledge for an 8Rlicht then you’ll get a remote for every smart taillight you pledge! This means that you can use most features of the 8Rlicht without your smartphone! The remote includes a keychain holder so you'll never forget to take it with you. You can easily fix the remote on the handlebar so you can control your 8Rlicht without letting go of the handlebar. You can also use the remote to find your bike and to display a warning on the taillight.

How does the 8Rlicht make traffic safer?

The 8Rlicht has 85 LEDS that make sure you have excellent visibility without blinding other traffic. It is a fully automatic taillight that senses when you are cycling, if it is dark and it even knows what time it is.

Besides that the 8Rlicht makes cycling safer in a number of ways. First of all it is also a brake light. This means that when you brake, the lights will go on even during the day. This makes you extra visible and reduces the chance of head end collisions. 

A much requested feature that we have built in is the direction indicator. Just press the button in the app on your smartphone or use the remote and the 8Rlicht will show the direction you’re heading to anyone behind you. This way you can concentrate on the traffic in front of you and safely turn left or right. 

It also has an active reflector. This means that when the headlights of a car shine on your 8Rlicht it will support the built-in reflector with the LEDS. These even stay on a little longer to make it easier for others to see you.

How does the 8Rlicht help you find your bicycle?

With the 8Rlicht you’ll never have to search for your bike anymore. Just walk towards your bike and the 8Rlicht will automatically connect with your smartphone and start blinking. But you can also press the buttons on the remote to activate the search function. If you still can’t find your bike you can use the app or remote to activate the buzzer in the 8Rlicht.

Other useful features of the 8Rlicht.

Besides this the 8Rlicht has a lot of other useful features. Like the app that you can use to keep track of statistics like distance traveled, used calories and your cadence. You can also use the 85 LEDS to display text, animations and pictures. All of this can be edited via the app. You can warn other traffic that you are deaf, or cycling with small children. You can also customize the taillight to show a text, an image or an animation. For instance your initials.

The 8Rlicht also has an automatic anti-theft alarm. The alarm is automatically armed when you walk away from your bike and disarmed when you come in range of your bike. If someone else moves your bicycle or starts fiddling with the taillight the alarm will go off. The smart taillight also has a silent alarm function that sends an encrypted serial number (no personal information is sent). Using a special function in the app, the police can send you an email or text message to inform you your stolen bike was found.

How does it work?

The 8Rlicht has a lot of different functions. Most of them can be used without a smartphone and the 8Rlicht can be configured via the built-in menu. Even the animations can be selected without the use of the app. However for some of the functions you will need to use the smartphone app. For instance to create your own images, texts and animations. This means your smartphone need to be Bluetooth smart ready. For Android, this implies Android 4.3 or newer, and for IOS you require an iPhone 4S or newer (no iPhone 4).

The 8Rlicht will be mounted on your bicycle in the position of the reflector, we support most standard configurations. The 8Rlicht runs on batteries so there’s no extra wiring. We are working on a mounting option for the seatpost.

Progress

We have made a number of prototypes and tested them thoroughly. The picture shows the latest prototype. We have received a lot of requests and have worked hard to improve the 8Rlicht accordingly. The new prototype has 85 leds which extends the battery life and reduces cost (which we spent on the remote). Also the 8Rlicht is now smaller, lighter and has a direction indicator. 

How does Kickstarter work?

Kickstarter is a way to back creative projects, it's not an online store. We are working very hard to create a great new product and we need your support. As a reward for your support we want to send you one of the first 8Rlicht taillights. Only if we reach our goal of 200.000 euro, then Kickstarter will transfer the funds to us. Otherwise the whole thing is blown off and your credit card is never charged. To be able to do this delayed payment, Kickstarter requires use of credit cards. As most Dutch people don't have a credit card we created pledges of up to 5 8Rlicht taillights so you can get your 8Rlicht together with your friends and only one of you needs to have a credit card. Another option is to buy a prepaid credit card voucher, see the bottom of the page for more details. 

Where are we shipping to?

The 8Rlicht can be send to the following countries:

Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark (excl. Faroe islands & Greenland), Germany, France, Italy (excl. San Marino and the Vatican city), Luxembourg, Austria, Spain (excl. Canary Islands), United Kingdom (excl. Gibraltar, Guernsey & Jersey), Sweden, Ireland (new!).

If your country is not on the list we can't send you an 8Rlicht, but you can support us anyway if you like the project!

No credit card? No problem!

You can buy a prepaid credit card-voucher online for either 50 or 100 euro. 

If you live in the Netherlands, then www.3VCard.nl may be a good option as they allow you to buy a credit card voucher with iDeal.

Risks and challenges

The 8Rlicht project is not run only by students, but also by professionals of SallandElectronics: A Dutch electronics firm with years of experience in development and production of electronics. We are confident that we are able to handle the usual delays and challenges we face every day on similar projects for customers of SallandElectronics.

Just like in any other project we will first make a small series of prototypes that will be submitted to rigorous testing. We won't start production until the prototype is fully functional and remains functional under extreme conditions in our climate test chamber. This way there won't be any nasty surprises with the big production run.

The firmware of the 8Rlicht will be updateable over the air with the 8Rlicht app. If a bug slips through, we will make sure we can fix it without having to recall your 8Rlicht.

This may sound silly, but there's a chance the rules for bicycle taillights may change while the project is running. We have reduced the risk of running into legal problems by limiting the number of different countries we ship to and by making sure we can update the software so the 8Rlicht remains legal. For instance, the software will avoid blinking patterns in animations.

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