CycleAT - Bluetooth tire sensor for motorcycle (& bicycle), gives you REAL-TIME tire temp, pressure, lean angle, map rides, and more! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 20, 2014.
About this project
**UPDATE! CYCLEAT IS NOW 1/2 SIZE & WEIGHT (only 15 g).
CycleAT comes as a pair of easy-to-install tire sensor that provide motorcyclists & bicyclists with a way to monitor the following important safety information with their smartphone:
- Tire pressure
- Movement/motion data
- Detailed ride mapping
We took the latest in low-power Bluetooth technology and incorporated the ability to stream real-time data to your smartphone. CycleAT provides intuitive visual and audio cues to users if their tires stray out of safe ranges, improving ride safety and efficiency. Through our sleek yet intuitive smartphone app, we make it easy to monitor your cycle safety. We have tested our prototype sensors at high speeds and under extreme conditions to ensure your safety; now, we need your help to make this project a reality for riders everywhere!
***CycleAT comes in a set of 2 sensors for each of your cycle tires
***Selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick on 7/23/14!
Shipping starts March 2015, just in time for the 2015 riding season!
Why Use CycleAT?
Riding with improper tire pressure can lead to some serious consequences. Motorcycle USA describes some of them in the following excerpt:
"Riding on underinflated tires is dangerous for several reasons. The tires will build excessive heat and can cause sudden tire failure. Under inflation causes irregular tread wear at the edge of the contact patch and may also damage the tire beyond use. It will affect cornering, cause you to lose precious gas mileage, and can cause fatigue cracking. Riding on tires with too much air is equally as dangerous. The tires are more likely to be cut, punctured, or broken by sudden impact. Overinflating will cause the bike to ride hard and will cause the tire to wear out quickly in the center of the contact patch." [Motorcycle USA]
CycleAT continuously monitors your tire pressure, temperature, motion, and other variables. It notifies you through audio and visual cues if your bike ever deviates outside the range of safe values. When you're not riding, CycleAT goes into a deep sleep mode to give unparalleled battery life and wakes back up when movement is detected or the app is opened. The battery is also rechargeable with a cable that simply plugs into the valve opening of the CycleAT (patent pending). In addition, you can use the app to specify which data points to record, allowing you to track only the information desired for that particular ride (for example, monitor tire pressure and temperature but ignore velocity). CycleAT gives you the information you want, when you want it.
Not only are you notified when your bike is outside of safe ranges, CycleAT also helps you to optimize your ride. With our extensive database of tires and bikes, our app provides you with an easy way to create a unique profile for each of your bikes. It will then automatically provide you with suggested optimal tire pressure based on this information. For motorcyclists, this allows you to save fuel, maximize tire lifetime, and increase mileage.
- In-line Fill (Patent Pending)
We also have a feature that is first in its kind, which we call in-line fill.
This means you can inflate or deflate your tire while the CycleAT is still attached. Other externally mounted pressure sensors (e.g. for cars, bikes, etc.) must be removed in order to fill up the tire. Rather than create hassle for our users, we centered our design around convenience and user-friendliness. This technology is currently patent pending; you won't find it anywhere else.
- Sleek, elegant design
Our industrial designers took a unique approach to CycleAT and utilized advanced styling and materials only found in high-end consumer electronics. CycleAT is not your average sensor but rather a high quality product that provides safety and performance without sacrificing style.
- Two installation designs: High & Low
One of the beautiful aspects of motorcycles and bicycles is that they come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. To ensure that CycleAT could cover a variety of bicycle and motorcycle wheels. We developed two different installation designs: "Low" and "High." When ordering your set of CycleAT devices, you pick the design to best match your ride.
The "High" design is our most commonly used installation style; we recommend this style for bicycles and motorcycles with larger rim sizes. The "Low" installation design was developed for motorcycles with small rim sizes and large brake calipers where the "High" design would not properly fit.
If you are not sure which installation style is best for you, drop us a line in the comments section below, or through any of our various media outlets (see bottom of page for links) and we will get back to you right away with our recommendation. See the following images for views of the two different installation designs:
More than your average TPMS
CycleAT goes beyond just tire pressure. In addition to providing the first smartphone based, in-line fill TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) to the motorcycle/bicycle world, CycleAT gives you temperature and motion data. Temperature is key to your tires' optimal performance and is a good indicator of how your bike will handle. The motion data is used to optimize power on the device as well as provide precise speed, lean angle, and alignment information. Because CycleAT is loaded with sensors, the possibilities to utilize this data are endless and will only continue to grow as more people use the devices!
- Smartphone Application
CycleAT allows you to have a motorcycle or bicycle tire sensor without buying an expensive display that can retail as much as $500. By linking the sensor to a smartphone app, you can monitor the data with a device you already own and are familiar with.
Our free iOS app (Android and Pebble Watch apps to come at to-be-announced stretch goal levels) pairs seamlessly with your set of CycleAT sensors (one for each wheel). We also include a variety of other awesome features for tracking your ride and customizing how you view your data.
For example, the "color-coded" map feature tracks your tire performance throughout a recorded trip and color-codes the range of pressures so you can see what your bike was doing along the entire ride.
Cycle ATmos started from the inside out; we spent weeks selecting the electrical components and materials. We are using a pressure sensor typically found in high end diving watches that can measure in high resolution up to 200 PSI, or 14 Bar. There is a lithium ion rechargeable cell, accelerometer, thermometer, and other precise sensors all squeezed into the smallest possible package.
When it came to the product's housing we spared no expense in using the highest quality materials from the consumer electronics world. The CycleAT features an anodized aluminum top and a nylon glass-filled bottom.
We tirelessly sketched, modeled, and 3D printed designs for the CycleAT housing. Ultimately, we selected the smallest package size, while also maintaining a keen eye on style and ergonomics.
Pictured below are our first PCBA prototypes, which are being used to run our Beta tests and firmware development. This was a great exercise for us to run with our mass production suppliers and allowed us to alleviate any manufacturing issues that would have arisen during our Kickstarter fulfillment.
We also went through some extensive pressure testing to ensure that our product would provide the utmost in safety. The CycleAT is rated for up to ~500 PSI, which is far higher than any bicycle or motorcycle tire pressure will ever reach.
Our Official "Mount" Partner: Arkon Resources, Inc.
To take advantage of the real-time data stream in a safe and hands-free way, we are partnering with Arkon Resources, Inc. (Arkon ®): a leading global manufacturer and supplier of mobile mounting solutions and accessories. With products designed for tablets, smartphones, cameras, GPS, satellite radios, and other mobile communication and portable devices, Arkon’s customers include many of the world’s most recognizable brand names.
At one of our Stretch Goals (will be announced below within the first or second week of the campaign), we will include 1 FREE Arkon mount for your bicycle or motorcycle, with multiple designs to choose from. If we don't meet the Stretch Goal, you can still add the Arkon mount to your Kickstarter order for a very exclusive price of $10 (retail value $20). See below for the three mounts you can select from:
What does CycleAT mean?
It stands for Cycle ATmos: Cycle referring to your motorcycle or bicycle & ATmos an abbreviation for the Earth’s atmosphere.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmos)
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Risks and challenges
According to Kickstarter statistics, more than 84% of the top successful Kickstarter projects shipped to their backers later than expected. We don't want to be part of the 84%, we want to be part of the 16% of top successful Kickstarter projects that deliver their products within the proposed time frame. We strongly believe in "under-promising and over-delivering". Because of this, we decided to add enough time margin to our estimated delivery date to make sure CycleAT is shipped on schedule - no excuses - no delays.
The Cycle ATmos design has been finalized and prototypes have been built, tested, and continue to be re-tested. Manufacturing partners are standing by and ready to go. Our team has many years of experience with high volume manufacturing, including injection molding, die casting, PCB assembly, final assembly, and product testing.
David K has a keen eye for design and ergonomics making sure that our company brings the best products to you. Ross is hard at work to connect the sensors with your phone, quickly and reliably, every single time.
Some risks and challenges may come our way when we start our first large-scale production of Cycle ATmos; we want to be upfront about this fact. Kickstarter projects come with some degree of risk inherent in product development. Our backers invest in us, so we want to do everything we can to minimize the risks involved.
We have finalized all of our designs to the last detail, and partnered with some of the best die casting and plastic injection manufacturers to make sure all goes smoothly in full scale production. We have spent months collaborating with suppliers during the prototyping phase to make sure that we have all of our ducks in a row.
Once all of the parts are manufactured and pass QC checks, they will be shipped to RDV Labs headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. Here, final testing and packaging will occur, prior to shipping you your CycleAT. Operational logistics could pose some minor delays, but RDV Labs has that covered, and our partners are seasoned and have experience with shipping, import/export, and more.
RDV Labs operates in the most transparent way possible. In all matters, we will keep the lines of communication with our backers open, to keep you as up to date as possible. We'll be sure to include lots of pictures and even some videos in our updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The effect is very minor - CycleAT weighs only 30 grams (which we can half to 15 grams by reaching our stretch goal). How did we measure the effect of CycleAT? We ran multiple tests in two scenarios: (1) counterbalancing the mass of the sensor by adding standard tire balancing weights on the opposite side of the wheel. You can find those in multiple online and in store locations. (2) We also ran a few tests without counterbalancing to characterize the effect CycleAT has on the wheel and ride experience, as it turns out, very minor.
On a motorcycle, our test riders could not notice the effect of CycleAT. On a bicycle, the effect was very minor, but could be slightly felt at very, very high speeds and while turning.
The battery is rechargeable, but CycleAT can run for about 100 hours on one charge. Depending on what data you have enabled to stream and at what rate, which can all be controlled from the app.
The CycleAT battery is rechargeable up to 500 hundred times, so unless your motorcycle clocks about 3 million + miles in its life, you will not need to replace the battery. Of course factory defects will be handled on a case by case basis.
The app interface currently does not support car or trailer use, but we don’t see why you couldn’t use it anyways. We hope to eventually expand the app and product offering, but can only get there with your help!
0 to 14 bar OR 0 to ~200 psi. This pretty much covers any motorcycle or even high end competition bicycle tire pressures.
The sensor will be sleeping if you are not moving to conserve battery life, done by checking the accelerometers output. As soon as CycleAT is moved, even in a slight bit, it is back online and sending live data to your phone.
Yes. The CycleAT is only made out of premium materials to make sure it can withstand the toughest conditions - aluminum and glass-filled nylon. It is tough enough to withstand mother nature and the intense moving environment on your tire.
CycleAT weighs only 30 grams, which we can half to 15 grams by reaching our stretch goal listed above in the campaign.
The Android app will be developed if we hit one of our very first stretch goals.
CycleAT is secured to the valve with a special “key” (included with your order) to unlock it. So, no worries, stealing CycleAT is pretty tricky. CycleAT electronics are designed so that they only pair with the rider who bought them (or anyone the rider chooses to “share” them with). If someone were to steal your CycleAT devices, they would be useless as the electronics would not work at all.
Yes, the sensor is specifically designed for Schrader valves and conforms to the dimensional tolerances laid out for that standard. We include a complimentary Presta-to-Schrader adapter.
Yes, we include a complimentary Presta-to-Schrader adapter with all our CycleAT sensors. The sensor is designed to fit on a Scharader valve, but works just as great with a Presta valve and provided adapter.
Yes, the app uses the phones GPS to map your ride and store data along with way.
Absolutely! This is our favorite part. The CycleAT has its own internal Schrader core, exactly like the one in your tire. Simply attach an air hose to the end of the CycleAT like you would to your tire valve stem and pump away. We call this feature “in-line” fill. Patent Pending.
It’s legal to have the sensor attached to your tire, but state laws differ with regards to looking at your phone while operating a motor vehicle, no mention of bicycles. In CA it is legal to look at a display if it shows information about the vehicle, which this does. Make sure to check with your local laws/regulations before adding anything to your ride or mounting a phone onto the handlebars.
This sensor identification information will be stored on our database, so that even if you lose your phone or accidentally delete the app, you will still be able to retain access to your sensors when your phone is back online again.
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