Designed by cyclists, for cyclists; SmartHalo 2 is the all-in-one connected device that breathes life into your bike. It helps you discover new routes with clear navigation signals. It protects your bike with an ear-piercing anti-theft alarm. It lights your way with a completely redesigned, all-powerful front light. It tracks and displays your cycling metrics without having to push a single button, syncing with the fitness apps you already use. It keeps you connected to what matters with the brand new, customizable PeekDisplay™. And it looks, feels, and works unlike any bike computer out there.
Hey Kickstarter, We’re Back
This is not our first rodeo. Back in 2015, we took Kickstarter by storm with the first SmartHalo, with over 3,000 pledges from the community. Since then, we’ve delivered 25,000 units to cyclists in over 70 countries. We struck a deal with Apple, distributing in their stores all over North America and Europe. We’re quite proud and it's all thanks to you.
What They Said About SmartHalo 1
A Minimalist Interface Designed for Cycling
We're obsessed with simplicity – we want cyclists to focus on their ride, not on tech. That's why there's no on or off button on SmartHalo. It greets you with a colorful animation of your choice as soon as you hop on your bike and turns off on its own when you're done riding.
Our patented, luminous halo gives you just what you need, at a glance. It lights up in the direction of your turns. When you’re aiming for that fitness achievement, your progress fills up. When receiving an incoming call, it pulsates like a heartbeat – a loved one is calling. This is not another overly complex bike computer.
Combining the Circle's Simplicity to the Pixel's Versatility
We went the extra step to make sure SmartHalo 2 fits your biking life. We’re introducing PeekDisplay™, a complementary way to show you more, without distracting you. With its crisp white pixels, it complements our signature Halo and makes every single SmartHalo feature better and more comprehensive, while still keeping it simple.
This Is YOUR SmartHalo
Customization is at the core of SmartHalo 2. You choose which bike metrics to display. Need some help getting to your destination? Choose the route type you prefer. You can even define your own shortcuts: an easy way to trigger the features you use most, without taking your phone out. Combined with new swipe gestures, PeekDisplay™ allows you to do more with SmartHalo, and do it your way. Your bike, your ride, your SmartHalo.
Always There for You
Urban cyclists know the pains of bike theft. Unlike other bike accessories, SmartHalo 2 remains on your bike at all times: it's securely locked on your handlebar and only your unique HaloKey™ can unlock it. This means SmartHalo 2 is always there for you, ready to guide you, measure your performance and assist you. When you leave, it seamlessly arms the motion-triggered alarm. No need to think about it: your bike is protected against theft.
Just like every facet of SmartHalo 2, we also improved version 2 of our anti-theft mount: it's sturdier and won't stay stuck. Your new HaloKey™ is also thinner and tougher.
We’ve even made it easier to use on any type of bike, thanks to Quarter Lock Mount Adapter. This also means you can easily switch SmartHalo from one bike to another. It also makes it way easier to use SmartHalo on road, shared and rental bikes.
SmartHalo 2 has some new moves, all made possible thanks to PeekDisplay™. It also revisits every feature you know and love from generation 1 and improves them drastically.
Smartphone and traditional bike computer displays can be difficult to parse. We want you to focus on the road. Simply set your destination in the app, choose your favorite route type and put your phone in your pocket – you’re good to go. The luminous halo will guide you, lighting up and gradually filling up in the direction of your incoming turn.
Unlike other bike GPS devices, there's no need to preload any maps or any of that non-sense: just grab your phone and you're good to go. We’re using Google to make our maps and search the best out there: this means that you should be able to find any place you’re looking for. For turn-by-turn directions, we’re using HaloRoute™, our own routing system, custom made for cyclists. You can choose between the fastest, safest, flattest or our recommended route.
When only the destination counts, use Compass mode. SmartHalo will then only point towards your goal and turn greener as you get closer. How you get there is up to you.
Had a long day and can’t remember where you parked your bike? Our app will remind you where you left it with Parking Reminder.
Based on requests from the community, we’re introducing GPX Imports to SmartHalo: simply import any GPX in the app. We’re also adding Waypoints, for when you need to do a few stops along the way. Route planning has never been stronger with SmartHalo 2.
SmartHalo stays on your bike, remember? When you’re not around, it becomes the guardian of your bike. Any persistent meddling will trigger a 110 dB alarm: enough to fend off the most persistent thief.
As soon as you get back to your bike, SmartHalo detects the SmartHalo app running in the background of your phone. It then proceeds to disable the alarm and greet you.
Lost your phone or it ran out of battery? Don't panic! Simply input your custom Tapcode (a combination of long and short taps, a bit like morse code) on the device to manually deactivate the alarm.
Cycling metrics such as speed, distance, calories, elevation, CO2 saved and time are tracked automatically as soon as you start pedalling. No need to press “start” or “stop”, SmartHalo will save every ride. Feel like showing off? Simply push your rides to Strava (or Apple Health. Or Google Fit. Up to you!).
With our new PeekDisplay™, metrics are displayed in real-time on your device. And just like every other facet of SmartHalo 2, you decide which ones you want to see. Just swipe left or right to switch between your chosen metrics.
SmartHalo 2 sports a completely redesigned, all-powerful front light. It is now a whopping 5x brighter than the original version. In addition, it is compliant with some of the newer, stricter regulations in Europe (we’ve heard you, German friends).
It'll turn on when you need it (we have a new light sensor onboard) and always shut off on its own when you're done riding. No more burnt batteries!
Assistant lets you stay connected to what matters. With PeekDisplay, you can see who's texting, calling or trying to reach you through Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat or Slack. Answering or not is up to you. Want to bike peacefully? Easy, just turn notifications off.
Mother nature can call too: SmartHalo will warn you of incoming difficult weather conditions so you can pick up the pace.
With PeekDisplay™ and gestures, you can do more with SmartHalo 2 without ever taking your phone out. You can swipe through your pre-defined Shortcuts you've set in the app. You can even assign Quick Touch sequences to trigger those shortcuts. Wanna head back home? Assign the "Go To Home" Shortcut to three taps. Riding in the city? Set the horn to one short tap. You can even open your connected garage door with a Shortcut.
A Redesigned App That Gets You Riding Quicker
We've redesigned the app from the ground up. Every feature is now grouped into cards, beautifully laid out on top of a map. Important functionalities are always reachable from your thumb to make it easier to navigate.
New Lines, Same Rugged Design
SmartHalo 2 is lighter, smaller and integrates more seamlessly with your bike. It has what we like to call a new "comet" like shape: it simply flows naturally with your bike's aerodynamics. As always, it is designed to withstand the elements. It'll resist rain, snow, mud, potholes. Bring it on.
A Battery That Goes on (Almost) Forever
What makes SmartHalo truly smart is the fact that you leave it on your bike at all times: it becomes one with it. This is made possible thanks to long battery life: under normal daily commuting usage, SmartHalo can go on for weeks between charges. It can also easily last the entirety of a long day trip. To charge, simply undock your device with your HaloKey™ and charge it with the included USB cable.
A Device That Keeps Renewing Itself
Our backers from version 1 know what it feels like to wake up to a SmartHalo app update. Every season, we pushed new features that were requested from the community to the delight of our users. We don't plan to stop. With PeekDisplay™, your imagination is the only limit, so keep sending us your amazing ideas and we'll try to push them to a future software release!
In the Box
What SmartHalo 1 Users Say
We're a multidisciplinary group of passionate cyclists with a modest goal: to change how the world moves around. Since we started this project, back in 2015, our goal has been to make cycling the future of urban mobility.
By achieving more sustainable urban mobility, we can help fight climate change. And indeed, climate change is the biggest challenge of our generation. 50% of the world's population lives in cities. And 25% of all CO2 emissions come from transport. We believe cycling is not only a hobby or a sport. It’s a way of life that translates into healthy lifestyles, greener environments and smarter cities. We want to share the joy of feeling the wind in your hair. To convince the world to cycle, we strive to build products that make cycling safer, more efficient, and more fun.
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Risks and challenges
“Ok, hardware is hard and our project, ambitious – we need to get design, software, electronics, suppliers and financing right. Admittedly, this is no easy feat.”
This is what we wrote in this section back in 2015 for the original SmartHalo. Hardware was harder than we could have ever imagined. This journey has been, by far, the hardest thing we’ve done in our lives.
And yet, we’re still extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished. SmartHalo is on the handlebars of way more bikes than we initially envisioned. It has been praised everywhere from The Guardian to The Wall Street Journal. And the best hardware company in the world felt it was worthy to sell in their stores (we’re talking about Apple here).
It will never get easy – but we now have a lot more experience building, manufacturing and selling hardware. We have a final, manufacturable design. Suppliers are locked up. Pre-production is starting. On the technology side, we’re building on the last four years of development, not starting from scratch. We’re very confident we can ship on time. Thanks for joining us in this adventure. Again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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