Friday, 3 February 2017
A smart bicycle helmet that was the brainchild of a Singaporean has won one of the world’s most prestigious international design awards.
The sleek gadget, studded with LEDs that automatically light up when a cyclist brakes or activates turn signals through a wireless remote mounted on the handlebar, won in the Transport category of the 2016 edition of Beazley Designs of the Year, an annual competition organised by The Design Museum in London. Winners get a trophy and have their designs exhibited in the museum until Feb 19.
Since starting out 3 years ago, the designers – Singaporean Eu-wen Ding, 31, and Mr Jeff Chen, 25, from China – have raised more than US$800,000 (S$1.13 million) through crowdfunding website Kickstarter, and engaged a manufacturer to produce the helmets.
About 14,000 so far have been shipped to the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, including a few hundred to Singapore.
Mr Ding and his team could hardly keep up with the demand. Numerous early adopters have commented on the Kickstarter website about order delays, although most who received their helmets were happy.
The idea for it came to Mr Ding while he was studying at Harvard University, after a few near misses on his bicycle. The helmet, christened Lumos, has a built-in accelerometer that detects braking and activates red brake lights accordingly.
It weighs about 440g, has a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to six hours, and meets both US and European safety standards. It costs about US$180.
Source by: Internet