First research + Bicycle Indicators

1. Wearable Technologies

2. Bicycle Indicators

3. Idea / What I Would Like To Do

My first idea before I started researching was that I would like to increase the visibility and safety of bikers. Especially at night it is often hard to see them even though bikes have lights. I’ve always wanted indicators on my bicycle and have wondered why they are not part of a standard bike. Using hand signals bikers can show in which direction they want to go. During the day it is fairly easy to be seen. However, taking a turn at night can be pretty dangerous and accidents occur easily.

I started researching for existing wearable bicycle indicators and if course I am not the first one having this idea. The first project I found was a jacket with two LED arrows on the back. You can turn them on by clicking a button on your left or on your right sleeve depending in which direction you want to turn.

Indicators jacket with LED arrows

Indicators jacket with LED arrows

Second product I found were the Zackees gloves which are bicycle gloves with LED arrows on the back of your hand. You can turn them on and off by clicking. The button is next to your thumb.

Zackees Bicycle Gloves

Zackees Bicycle Gloves

The third product goes a little bit more into the direction in which I would like to go. This is an armband which you can put on your upper arm. The indicators turn on if you stretch out your arm. An elbow activated pull switch is used for this.

Armband Indicators

Armband Indicators

All of these projects are good as first ideas but this is not what I was looking for and what I think is the safest.

What my project should be like….

  • My final product should be some kind of a bracelet attached to your jacket (glows around your wrist and can be seen from everyone)
  • One should be able to attach and detach it (you can use it with different jackets, for winter and summer)
  • Indicators turn on automatically when you stretch out your arm (hand signals are very natural and known to everyone, therefore easy to use and self explaining)