The world's first integrated headlight & blinker system for bicycles. Utilize Bluetooth 4.0 & GPS to add smart features to any bike. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 20, 2013.
About this project
Imagine the bike of the future: integrated lighting that responds to your behavior, smartphone connectivity that logs data/statistics for all your rides, built-in navigation, and accurate tracking of bike location (GPS) -- a smarter bike in every possible way. We’re HELIOS and our mission is to revolutionize the biking experience. The smart bike revolution has arrived.
Helios Bars are the world’s first integrated headlight and blinker system for bicycles. They fit on almost every bike, and installation is a breeze.
Helios adds a variety of smart features to your bike that improve the overall biking experience. These features include:
- Proximity Lighting - Allow your bike to sense your presence & automatically turn on your headlight when you're near, and off when you're not.
- Turn Signals - Left and right blinkers keep you safe & visible on the road.
- GPS Tracking - Track your bike via SMS from anywhere in the US. Receive the coordinates of your bike & a Google Maps link to its location within 30 seconds of tracking.
- Visual Speedometer - The rear facing LEDs change color according to how fast you ride, providing you with a visual speedometer so you never need to have your phone out.
- Turn-by-Turn Navigation - Find the fastest route to any destination by harnessing the power of the Google Maps API.The rear lights will indicate when a turn is approaching.
- Ambient Lighting - Set the color of the rear lights to any color you want.
Over half of all bike fatalities are due to collisions with motor vehicles. This is usually due to lack of biker visibility- a problem that has always plagued biking. Helios Bars solves this problem by increasing overall visibility and providing a robust indicator system for use on urban or congested roads.
An ultra-powerful CREE LED provides you with a wide spread of illumination that keeps you as visible as a car when on the road. Our headlight outputs at 500 lumens— that’s about 5x brighter than a standard bike light! The best part is that since the light is integrated, it cannot be stolen off of your bike.
We are determined to lower the number of bike accidents that occur every year. Helios Bars come equipped with 2 RGB LED lights in the bar-ends that function as turn signals (aka blinkers). Simply press the tactile button on either side of the stem in order to flash the corresponding blinker for 5 seconds.
All Helios Bars come equipped with a low-power GPS module that tracks your bike’s location from anywhere in the US. Simply slide in a pay-as-you-go SIM card and you’re ready to go. Send your bike a text message (SMS) when you want to retrieve its location, and you’ll receive an SMS reply containing a Google Maps link to its current location.
Our GPS modules have a reserve battery that lasts up to 15 days, so even if a thief manages to remove your batteries, you’ll still be able to track your bike.
Our iOS app allows you to connect Helios Bars to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 Low-energy (BLE)(Currently supported on iPhone 4s and iPhone 5). This unlocks a plethora of smart features that enhance your biking experience.
By connecting to your smartphone, Helios Bars can determine how far you are from your bike and turn your headlight on/off accordingly. Walk up to your bike and your light turns on, walk away and your light turns off.
The speedometer function uses your phone’s GPS to determine your speed and change the color of the rear LEDs to reflect your speed.
Imagine gauging your speed without having to read a display or pull out your phone!
Customize the color of your rear LEDs using our iOS app & give your bike an ambient glow. Maybe you want to match the color of your bike, or maybe you want to match your mood- the choice is yours!
Use the right-hand side of this page to pledge money to our project. The rewards you receive for different pledge amounts are listed below
Colors available: Red, Blue, Kickstarter Green (Limited), Orange, Pink, Yellow
We've spent the last 4 months in Shenzhen, China, sourcing factories & prototyping as a part of the HAXLR8R startup accelerator. Our prototype has gone through countless iterations in order to ensure that we deliver the highest quality product to our backers. It's been quite the adventure, and we've learned an immense amount about the manufacturing process. Now we're ready to head back & put our skills to the test with our first production run.
- Brightness: 500 lumens
- Battery: Lithium Ion Rechargeable
- Battery Life: 7 hours
- Material: Aluminum
- Weight: Coming Soon
- Width: 420 mm
- Clamp: 28.5 mm
Thanks for all your support!
We'd like to thank everyone who has helped us out along the way:
Zach 'Hoeken' Smith
A big thanks to our friends and family; couldn't have done this without your support- we love you all!
Risks and challenges
We’ve taken all the steps to ensure a successful launch for Helios Bars. About 4 months ago, we flew out to Shenzhen, China, the manufacturing capital of the world, in order to get a head start on our first production run. After many months of meeting with factories and prototyping our product, we found one of the best bike manufacturers in China and developed a really close relationship with them.
Developing a hardware product in China & bringing it back to the United States requires many months of work and a relentless oversight of operations. During our stay in China, we have followed the production of our bars every step of the way. However, there is always the risk of unexpected circumstances delaying our delivery. We've summarized some of these circumstances below:
According to the factory we’re working with, opening tooling for our product’s mold will take atleast one month. While this is to be expected, there are always ways that this could be delayed. For example, if the mold for our handlebars doesn't come out perfectly, we will need to order another mold in order to ensure the highest quality product for our backers. This could add another month to our production timeline.
The design of both bars are still being finalized before the final mold, and subject to slight changes on the final design. Although the look is very close to what will be the final production, there is always the chance that this can change the look of the product.
Our Gps modules are still in the process of getting cleared by a testing house, although we don't expect anything to go wrong, any certification process does have the possibility of being delayed.
Acts of God
There is always the chance that something out of our control (or our factories' control for that matter) may delay our delivery time. Examples include tsunamis & tropical storms.
We've allotted extra time in our schedule to account for these risks. We plan to remain completely transparent with our backers throughout the entire Kickstarter/shipping process, though we are currently not expecting any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We don't charge anything for GPS tracking. However, to receive text messages from your Helios Bars, you do need a SIM card. All Helios Bars come outfitted with a SIM card slot in the stem where you can easily slide in your own SIM card. We recommend getting a SIM with a pay-as-you-go plan, so you only end up paying for it when you use it. Currently the gps feature works in the US as we have not developed our module for other carriers outside the country.
A list of supported carriers will be released soon.
Two rechargeable batteries sit in the bar ends, we provide a special tool to remove the rear facing lights and the batteries easily slide out. A wall charger comes with every handlebar that works with both 120v and 220v systems.
Bluetooth 4.0 is still premature for both android and windows phones. Android has announced they will be releasing the api very soon. We can't promise anything yet but we hope to have an android app out by the time our final production rolls out.
Pledge $25 or more
HELIOS FRESH TEE'S: Receive 1 soft and swagged out t-shirt supporting us! Also includes 5 stickers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
HELIOS HOODIE: Receive 1 custom Helios hoodie sweatshirt + 10 Helios stickers. Hoodie design is subject to change.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
100 backers All gone!
*EARLY BIRD* HELIOS BARS: Receive 1 set of Helios Bars in either black or white. Choose from either the Drop bar style or the Bullhorn style. All orders domestic and Canada add $35 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $199 or more
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HELIOS BARS: Receive 1 set of Helios Bars in either black or white. Choose from either the Drop bar style or the Bullhorn style. All orders domestic and Canada add $35 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $219 or more
HELIOS BARS + SHIPPING Receive 1 set of Helios Bars in either black or white. Choose from either the Drop bar style or the Bullhorn style. Includes $20 shipping fee to anywhere in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $249 or more
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HELIOS BARS w/ CUSTOM COLOR: Receive 1 set of Helios Bars in any of the following colors: Red, Blue, Kickstarter Green, Orange, Pink. Choose from either the Drop bar style or the Bullhorn style. All orders domestic and Canada add $35 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $269 or more
HELIOS BARS w/ CUSTOM COLOR + SHIPPING: Receive 1 set of Helios Bars in any of the following colors: Red, Blue, Kickstarter Green, Orange, Pink. Choose from either the Drop bar style or the Bullhorn style. Includes $20 shipping fee to anywhere in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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