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Proof of Concept
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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
We have taken the traditional bike bell and raced it in to this century; and we think you are going to love it! You can shout! You can sing! But we all know that a bell on your bike is the best way to let people know you are coming up behind them fast. Damn fast!
In a world of technical overload there is sometimes no space to fit the simple things on your handlebars. Real estate is at a absolute premium so we came up with bellio – the simple bike bell. Actually, the bike bell.
bellio a tiny wireless bluetooth button that is linked to the bellio application on your phone. You press the button and your phone will ring like a traditional bike bell! Simple eh?!
Easy as… as they say in Australia!
Easy as 1, 2, 3 - Get on your bike, press the button to connect and ride! It’s that simple! Road cyclist can tuck their phone safely in their pocket and commuters can mount their phone on their handlebars. It's your choice.
When you are out riding all you do is press the bellio button and a loud bell will sound from your phone. Very cool huh!
The bellio button has a slim elegant profile which blends perfectly with any bike and won’t interfere with your setup. The flexible silicone mount means you can simply switch it between bikes without any fuss.
The mount will fit any size of handlebar and the bellio Button battery will last for a whole year. And the good news is is that your phone can be kept safely stored in your jersey pocket where it already lives!
We have added some great features to the bellio App and we think you will love it!
As well as the simple single press for a single bell ring a double press will give you a continuous ringing bell which only stops when you press the bellio button for a third time. This is great for passing a group of cyclists or pedestrians in a congested area.
Another cool feature is what we call Bear Mode! This feature can be used on or off the bike and a press of the ‘bear icon’ will start your phone ringing a bear bell continuously.
This is great for downhill mountain biking or going for a hike in the mountains*
* Note – this feature is only really useful in Northern America and Canada where they have bears. Product testing here in Australia shows that bear bells also work on kangaroos!
We have tried to design bellio to be as physically discrete to ensure that it takes up as little room as possible on your handlebars. The current prototype is slightly larger in diameter than a 3V CR2016 battery and the final version will be subtly smaller. The CR2016 battery has been chosen as the backbone of the design as it offers over a year of use which will suit the needs of even the hardest of hardcore commuters and bell ringers!
The bellio inner workings are housed in a silicone case which is easily attached and removed from your handlebar, and the assembly is rain proof.
The bellio application will be available for iOS and Android for your phone.
The evolution of bellio since initial thought through to concept and on to design has been an 18-month journey - albeit with many breaks to go for a ride!
The initial concept was born from realising that a loud ringing phone whilst riding is very distracting and actually grabs peoples attention. This coupled with the lack of bells on most road bikes meant that bellio was born.
The first prototype was the modification of a bluetooth wireless board and the repurposing of an old silicone LED bile light housing.
The final form factor is now much smaller and offers a movable button that can be mounted in many positions on differing bicycle handlebars.
There are risks with any project but the technology is proven and there is space on the circuit board to reduce its size to accommodate the new form factor.
Delivery is planned for January 2018 which should reduce the challenge! We have backed many Kickstarters over the years and the biggest complaint has always been a blow out on delivery.
bellio is the creation of engineer Diranne Lee-Renwick based in Perth, Western Australia.
The bellio bell sound is just like a traditional bell but to give you some flexibility we have added some stretch goals to our campaign to make the bell sound configurable!
bellio - the bike bell!
Join us to make some noise!
Risks and challenges
No project is without risk and challenges but we will endeavour to ensure that they are minimised to zero if at all possible.
We have spent many years delivering projects and solving problems and have a clear understanding of product design, software development, procurement and manufacturing. Although the final product form factor design is not complete there is nothing physically new with any components of bellio from the bluetooth wireless circuit board to the silicone button mount. It's an amalgamation of discreet parts to make a simple bell.
Safety Challenge - the need for functionality:
There is a challenge to ensure that bellio remains utmost a simple device for warning other riders and pedestrians. This is paramount! Much thought and research have gone into not only the need for bellio from a safety standpoint but also the features that it can provide. Although the Stretch Goals add some humour to the product they are designed to give everyone the opportunity to add some further functionality. If there are any other features anyone needs then please get in contact. We are all ears!
Delivery Challenge - need it now:
The biggest flaw with any project is promising the earth and falling short. Very short. After backing many Kickstarer projects over the years the biggest gripe is always a missed deadline. We believe that a January 2018 delivery is a realistic deadline for a delivery that will not disappoint.