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By Jeff Zhang
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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Prototype Gallery

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About

Special note: 

Why the laser wouldn't disturb (oncoming) drivers? 

The lasers are limited to function ​ONLY ​when you​r​ speed is above a ​programable threshold. ​W​hen cycling at high speed, head movement is both rare and quick, and therefore ​disturbance is very low.

Why did I invent the Beacon Helmet ®? 

Cyclists are not visible, especially at night. As a cyclist, I want to do something to make cycling much safer. 

According to government figure, 3,237 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in the UK in 2015 alone; in the US, 48,743 cyclists were killed or injured in 2013 alone. I believe a helmet of good innovation and design can help to prevent my fellow cyclists from getting hurt on the road. 

What problem does Beacon Helmet ® solve? 

(1) The primary problem the Beacon Helmet ® tackles is the blind-spot accidents. That is when the cyclist is caught in the huge blind-spot area of a large vehicle, such as a bus or truck, the driver can not physically see the cyclist. Even if the cyclist is wearing a bright LED light or if the driver does the "mirror check", the cyclist still can not be seen once inside the blind-spot area. That's due to their physical position and visual limitation inevitably caused by the design of large vehicles. In fact, most serious or fatal cycling accidents often occur in this situation, as head-on collisions are actually rare, according to research. 

How does Beacon Helmet ® solve the problem?

The patented Beacon Helmet ® projects a bicycle-shaped laser image 5 to 12 meters (16-39 ft) ahead of the actually position of the rider, greatly extending the road-footprint of the cyclist. This is very useful especially

  • when the cyclist is caught in the large blind-spot area of a heavy turning vehicle and thus invisible to the driver;  
  • or when pedestrians suddenly step onto the cyclist’s path from, for example, the back of parked cars;  
  • or when a vehicle suddenly pulls into cyclist’s path from a side junction.  

By projecting a bicycle symbol in front, drivers and pedestrians become aware of the approaching bicycle beforehand and accident can be avoided. (Learn more >)

(2)The second problem the Beacon Helmet tackles is dangerous overtaking. A lot of cars or automobiles overtake cyclists without respecting the minimal distance to the cyclist. In many countries or states in the US, it is actually a legal requirement to leave 3 feet (or 1 meter) to the cyclist when overtaking. 

How does Beacon Helmet ® solve the problem?  

The side lasers surround the cyclist and warn overtaking car to respect the minimal (or legal) distance to the cyclist. Laser can fall on the hood, or even inside of the car if it comes dangerously close to the helmeted cyclist.  (Learn more >)

A summary of the features of the Beacon Helmet ® :

Feature summary
Feature summary

 

Feature 1 (main feature): three laser lights.

As described above, the front laser projects the existence of an approaching bicycle 5-12 meters ahead of the cyclist.  It clears the path for the cyclist. 

The side lasers outline cyclists’ lane of rights, and help to warn the overtaking cars to respect the minimal (or legal) distance to the cyclist. Laser may fall on the hood, or the inside of a car if it comes dangerously close to the helmet user. (For more information, click here)

Three lasers
Three lasers

 

The ultimate safety helmet
The ultimate safety helmet

 

 

 

 

Front laser. Forward thinking.
Front laser. Forward thinking.

 

 

Side lasers highlight cyclist's lane of rights
Side lasers highlight cyclist's lane of rights
   
side laser falls on the car hood
side laser falls on the car hood
 
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Watch the side laser falls on the hood  and inside of a car (if an overtaking car comes dangerously close---just a friendly warning).

 

The front laser is excellent at warning pedestrians-1
The front laser is excellent at warning pedestrians-1

 

          
The front laser is excellent at warning pedestrians-2
The front laser is excellent at warning pedestrians-2

 

The front laser is excellent at warning pedestrians-3
The front laser is excellent at warning pedestrians-3

 

  

 Pedestrians' movement can be the very unpredictable. But our front green laser is so bright that it draws attention from anyone entering onto cyclists' path, even when their eyes are not on the road (but on their smartphones).

Click to watch the large blind-spot area
Click to watch the large blind-spot area

 

Pulling out of a junctions is safer
Pulling out of a junctions is safer

 

 

Passing a junction is safer, too. Drivers know your coming before they see you.
Passing a junction is safer, too. Drivers know your coming before they see you.
 

 

 

High-quality laser diodes; Smart chip control. (Click to watch video)
High-quality laser diodes; Smart chip control. (Click to watch video)

 

 Packed with technology; plus years of research and optical engineering; all in a minuscule space.

Project your front laser anywhere you want
Project your front laser anywhere you want

 

 

Smart control of laser distraction.
Smart control of laser distraction.

Lasers are automatically turned on only when your speed is above a threshold value. That is, when you are too fast to stop in time in the case of an accident. You can easily set this value on your smartphone App. It’s easier than easy. It’s automatic. 

The helmet rethought.   (Light.years ahead)
The helmet rethought. (Light.years ahead)

 

Feature 2: Two indicator lights.

Indicate your turn in advance, and you will be seen and treated just as a car.

Extra large indicator button. Purposefully designed extra-large surface area, makes it so easy to pat and trigger the indicator light. Together with hand signal, let’s “pat and signal” in one simultaneous movement. (Learn more >)

 

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 The helmet with two indicator lights. Indicate your turn just like a car.

The indicator lights are at the eye level of most drivers
The indicator lights are at the eye level of most drivers

 efficiently communicating your intention of turning to the drivers behind you, in advance.

Extra-large button to trigger indicator.
Extra-large button to trigger indicator.

So easy to press, even with thick gloves. No more worry of losing or charging handlebar-mounted indicator control.  

Pat and signal---in one simultaneous movement.
Pat and signal---in one simultaneous movement.

 

Feature 3: Brake light.

Automatically turns on when deceleration is detected. With brake light, a cyclist is safely seen and treated just like a car. (Learn more >)

 

Automatic brake light.
Automatic brake light.

 

Smart algorithms.
Smart algorithms.

 analyze your brake (GPS and accelerometer) data.

User-friendly. Set sensitivity easily on your App.
User-friendly. Set sensitivity easily on your App.

 

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 The brake light is at the eye level of most drivers, making it very easy to be seen.

  

Feature 4: Front and rear LED.

Everything you need for cycling is included in this all-in-one helmet. No need to bring or charge various gadgets. No more forgetting gadgets at home. (Learn more >)

 

Front and rear LED.
Front and rear LED.

 

Front and rear LED-2
Front and rear LED-2

 

Front LED.
Front LED.

 

Rear LED.
Rear LED.

 

We always focus on thing that matters the most---SAFETY.
We always focus on thing that matters the most---SAFETY.

Cycle safely, for the ones you love.  

  

 

Stay bright, stay safe.
Stay bright, stay safe.

 

 

Feature 5: speakers for voice navigation and music playing .

Built-in speakers play navigational voice from any third-party Apps such as Google map, leading you along recommended routes. You won’t need to keep checking a navigation screen, which can be dangerous.

Built-in speakers play music from third-party apps. However, we do recommend not to listen to music when traffic is heavy to avoid distraction.(Learn more >)

 

                                              
Two high quality near-ear speaker. Play anything; from any App.
Two high quality near-ear speaker. Play anything; from any App.

 

Voice navigation.
Voice navigation.

 

Playing music.
Playing music.

 Feature 6: Technology in every millimeter.

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Enjoy Beacon Helmet ® in all weather.
Enjoy Beacon Helmet ® in all weather.

 Technically speaking. (Specs)

Battery

Estimated battery life *: 3-5 hours 

Battery type: 2800mAh Li rechargable 

Battery charging time *: Approximately 2 hours 

Battery stand-by time: Up to 30 days 

Battery electrical Input: DC 5V/0.5-1.1A 

Lights

Front LED light Brightness: 100 lm white LED

Front LED lighting mode: Flash and constant modes

Laser output power: <5mW (3R laser)

Green laser wavelength : 510–525nm

Other*

Charge interface: Micro USB-C (Android charger cable)

Bluetooth Operational Distance: Up to 10 meters (33 feet)

Speaker Output: 0.5 W*2

Speaker Volume: 72dB

Dimensions and Weight: About 245 x 78 x 97 mm (H x W x D) 450 g 

* It may vary based on environmental conditions.

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Risks and challenges

We always believe a great way to minimise risk is to have a really simply idea that is easy to execute. Putting lights onto a helmet is a really simple idea, but it is also highly effective.

At this moment, we are in the final stage of getting the tooling and production done. From our tests both on roads and in labs, the result showed that we are fully capable of producing an amazing product that is safe, smart and stylish. The product will be passing stringent tests and regulations set by different authorities and governments.

We have also selected a manufacturing partner that has over 20 years of experience in this field and developed literally hundreds of new products. Going through the manufacturing process is difficult, but our team and myself are more than up to the challenge and we even lived in the factory for weeks.

The only concerned we have is the sensitivity of the brake light. Currently we use the accelerometer and GPS in our smartphone to detect decelerations. But when the phone is put in a pocket of a moving leg, the detection is not so easy. We will be actively monitoring this issue and absolutely respond to feedback from the backer community. Eventually we will definitely work out a way to solve it.

We are truly grateful for any contributions that help us better our product and make this simple idea serve the cyclist communities.

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    Get instantly involved in the creative process on an unparalleled level and come to meet the whole team and have dinner. We'll work with you to help designing your very own bespoke (even multi color) projection for a very special helmet! Developing the laser technology and lens to do the projection is (very!) expensive, so are other costs. (Travel sadly not included.)

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