The Official Signal
The Official Signal
An automatic signal lights device for helmets. Get attention, Signal intention.
An automatic signal lights device for helmets. Get attention, Signal intention. Read more
About this project
Introducing Signal - Built For Your Personal Mobility Journey.
Signal is an automatic signal lights device for helmets. It activates turn signals and brake lights using patent pending motion-tracking and brake-detection technologies. Designed to be attached to the back of helmets, Signal is created with the purpose of enhancing your safety.
Over the last few months, we have been trying to come up with a design of a product that looks good, feels good, works well and serves well. After many iterations, we are finally ready to show the world what we have!
Using 3D Modelling and 3D Printing, we have managed to test our product on several different helmets to ensure its functionality achieves what we have aimed for.
How Signal Works
1) Attach To Your Helmet
To accommodate the diverse range of personal mobility devices (eg. bicycles, skateboards, scooters and hover-boards), Signal is designed and tested to be attachable to the back of most helmets. These include bicycle, skateboard and scooter helmets, in both adult and children sizes. Adjustable straps will allow you to fit the device according to the shape of your helmet and to your personal liking.
2) Turns On When Picked Up
Signal automatically turns on when the helmet it is attached to is picked up; no buttons or switches required. This feature is specially integrated so that wearers will never forget to turn it on - because they won't have to.
3) Head-Turn-Activated Signal Lights
Before changing direction, simply turn your head to check if the path is clear, and yellow signal lights will automatically light up to show your turning direction. When you come to a stop, red lights will automatically flash to indicate your braking. No buttons are needed to operate Signal; this hands-free feature will minimize distractions when you are on the move. Blinker sounds will also be activated when Signal lights up, so you do not have to worry about whether they have been triggered.
Motion Tracking And Brake Detection Technology.
Developed using patent-pending algorithms, Signal is activated by intuitive head and body movements, illuminating when you are checking blind-spots or braking to a stop.
Zero Buttons, Zero Switches, Zero Worries.
Ever forgot to turn on your bike night lights when out cycling at night? With Signal, you do not have to compromise convenience for safety. Its simple design requires no switches or buttons to install and operate it, keeping complications at a minimum for you to signal with ease.
Signal is powered by batteries. To maximize its use, we have worked hard to formulate algorithms so that Signal requires little power to run, extending the battery life as much as we can so that you would not have to replace it frequently.
Works Both Day and Night.
The brightness of the LED lights in Signal have been thoroughly tested and adjusted so that the lights are easily visible during the day, but will not be uncomfortably eye-piercing in the night.
Our Signal adopts the current signalling system used by motor vehicles on the road. Yellow lights for directional indicators; red lights for braking. Your friendly gestures will be easily read by others.
Motor vehicles have signal lights. Why not bicycles and other personal mobility devices?
A study by the Society of Automotive Engineers estimated that 2 million crashes a year are a direct result of failure to signal.* It demonstrates how the use of signal lights are essential in communicating intentions when on the move in order to ensure safety. However, there is currently an absence of a signalling system for cyclists and personal mobility device users.
Given that many personal mobility devices can run at great speeds, yet users are not required to undergo safety training, we believe that there is a preventable risk of accidents occurring. If cyclists, skateboarders, scooter riders and users of all other personal mobility devices actively use Signal, it can encourage the use of helmets, and simultaneously cultivate good habits of communication when on the move - building a healthy culture of safe practices.
The use of signal lights should not be confined to motor vehicles; it should be extended to all other mobility devices. Let us be responsible for one another’s safety.
*[ Ponziani, R., "Turn Signal Usage Rate Results: A Comprehensive Field Study of 12,000 Observed Turning Vehicles," SAE Technical Paper 2012-01-0261, 2012, doi:10.4271/2012-01-0261.]
Due to resource limitations, we have been using 3D printed prototypes during development instead of manufacturing them. Now that we have successfully developed working prototypes of Signal and are confident of its functionality, our next step is in creating the best design and sourcing for the most suitable materials for this device. However, our financial restrains have held us back from this stage of our process. Hence we are now reaching out to you, the backers community, to help us materialize our ideas and bring Signal to the world!
If you believe in the importance of enhancing safety like we do, you can help by backing us or by spreading the word; any form of support would be received with our heartfelt gratitude!
Please check against your local legal requirement on the use of signal lights on helmets before you use it; laws and regulations vary by countries, states or counties.
Risks and challenges
Production: As with all forms of manufacturing processes, there is always a possibility of unexpected time delays. However, our team has worked with several suppliers and vendors, and their products and services are well-tested from developing our prototypes.
Algorithms: The operation of the signal lights are dependent on our algorithms; hence our engineers have worked extensively to ensure they operate exactly as we envision it to. However, some codes are currently in their final testing phases, so any final tweaks may delay our timeline. We seek your understanding that the users’ safety is our utmost priority, hence any modifications required will certainly not be disregarded.
We are a dedicated team who are excited to share Signal with the world, and will naturally do our best to resolve any unexpected problems that may arise. If you have any questions, advice or general feedback, do not hesitate to reach out to us via Kickstarter, email contact or any of our social media platforms @theofficialsignal. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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