Sensor wristband helps preventing cycling accidents

June 19, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Urban traffic is a very dangerous environment for cyclists. In collisions with motor vehicles they always get the short end of the stick, which results in a disproportionate number of fatalities. Now a Hungarian cyclist has created something that could contribute in making traffic a bit more safe for cyclists, and it is using electronics: A wearable automatic cycling gear that will help others boost their visibility before turning or changing lanes on urban streets.

The bicycle turn signals from Hungarian startup Useeme are designed to be easy to use and easy to see. After developing the light-up wristbands, the company has launched an campaign on crowd funding platform IndieGoGo to make them available to cyclists everywhere. With a goal of €25,000 EUR and the project end date set for July 31, 2014, the company plans to start serial production of the safety gear in October of 2014.

The Useeme utilise of motion sensors and lights which are activated by the cyclist's hand signals. In most countries, hand signalling during cycling is the law. Instead of replacing the safety practice, Useeme chose to incorporate this additional safety feature to a custom that is instinctive to most cyclists. When a rider makes a hand signal, the corresponding wristband lights up, with flashing orange LEDs that are visible on all sides of the wrist.

The plastic wristbands be manufactured in a small plant in Hernád, Hungary. The plant is prepared for the complete manufacturing process, which includes plastic molding, precision laser welding and LED planting with a pick & place machine.

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