Montreal-based SmartHalo have announced the next iteration of their popular GPS bike navigator and tracker.
Back in 2015, the outfit raised over CA$ 500,000 on Kickstarter to develop the original device. Since then, over 10,000 backers have received the product and SmartHalo has become available for purchase to all (view on Amazon).
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The gizmo is designed for urban cyclists, essentially a Swiss Knife of biking accessories. Just like before, SmartHalo 2 sits on the handlebars of your bike but it’s lighter, sleeker and packed with new functionality.
The five main features remain the same and include a navigation system, a powerful light, an anti-theft alarm, fitness tracking and personal assistant. The company says all of this has been upgraded.
Central to the tech is an intuitive halo of light that taps into a GPS signal to guide cyclists to their destination via an LED light. When it’s time to make a turn turn, the signal beams in circular white and green colors. If you are traveling in the wrong direction you’ll get a red flashing prompt.
The second iteration includes some 30 upgrades over the original. The 1.5” OLED screen is more discreet now, there’s custom-built navigation for cyclists, customization of metrics to suit any cycling style, GPX and waypoints integration, a universal mount compatible with quarter lock mounts and more.
“Every cyclist out there is different,” said CEO and co-founder Xavier Peich.
“They all have their own story. We built SmartHalo 2 so they could each make it their own.”
The company has, once again, turned to Kickstarter to make their product a reality. The campaign has gone live yesterday and the team has smashed through their funding goal in less than an hour!
Price: $99 and up
$197,168 raised out of $55,492 goal
33 days to go
Estimated delivery: December 2019