Lighting the way to better biking
Visijax's Commuter Jacket, a 2015 CES Innovation Award honoree
The idea of wearable technology was introduced about two years ago, but it’s never really taken off. Sure there’s been a modest market for electronic wristbands that track and record heart rate, exercise intensity and other functions, and some buzz has been generated around the imminent release of the Apple Watch, but here's one wearable that’ll make you think “what took them so long.”
The Visijax Commuter Jacket, introduced at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show this past December, simply makes it much easier for cyclists to be seen at night. It’s festooned with 23 high-intensity LEDs — white in front and red in the back — that can be adjusted to blink slow or fast or emit a steady light. A rechargeable battery runs for 30 hours. The jacket come in florescent yellow or black, is waterproof and washable. And one more thing: there are turn signals in the sleeves that are activated when you raise your arms and go off once you’ve completed the turn. The lights are so bright they can be seen in daylight. This is a garment that could save you life. It's not cheap and, equally discouraging, it's not yet available in Canada though it should be soon, hopefully later in the spring before the cycling season gets fully underway. In the meantime, you can order one through Amazon.com. US$160.
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