Six bike signal light

Toronto-made bike signal could make riding way safer

One of the main problems that cyclists and drivers encounter when sharing the road is poor communication with one another. Only a small percentage of riders use the official hand signals for turning and stopping, and I suspect that even fewer drivers understand the less obvious signs for a right turn and stopping.

A Toronto startup aims to address this problem with a new gesture-controlled device called Six. It translates traditional hand signals into LED lights that are easier to see and read. In a nutshell, this product gives cyclists indicators that are on par with that of a car in a package that's roughly the size of a cellphone.

The product must be paired with currently available wearable technology like Android Wear, the Apple Watch, or Myo. Users can then choose between three styles of signal from the classic car indicator to more stylish options like "Knight Rider" and "Blue Steel." Regardless of the style, the aim is the same: to make bike signals more legible to drivers and other riders.

The product is currently on Kickstarter with a decent background video on how the idea was hatched and where it will go should funding goals be met.


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