South Korean company Aprowin has created a cycling vest – Elecwear, that has a built-in turn indicators and also lets the riders to listen to music, earphones-free.
Currently, riders are using cycling gloves and jackets with built-in turn indicators. But, gloves requires riders to take their hand off the bars to signal and jacket forces riders to wear it even when it is warm.
However, the Elecwear cycling vest, which is worn like a shrug, over top of the user’s existing shirt or jacket, addresses both of these issues. It contains LED turn indicators on the back, which are wirelessly activated via a handlebar-mounted remote. It also has two 2.0-watt Bluetooth speakers in the front, which receive music from the user’s smartphone and direct the sound towards the rider’s ears. Buttons on one of the speakers allow users to do things like skipping tracks or adjusting volume, without having to access their phone.
The vest is powered by a USB-rechargeable 500-mAh lithium-polymer battery that would last for 5 to 10 hours of music playback (depending on volume), or about 20 hours of signalling per charge.
Currently, the vest is available in Asian markets and the company is seeking to enter North America with the vest being priced at $80. However, the vest only possesses LEDs in the back, which prompts riders to provide traditional hand signals to let oncoming motorists know that they are turning.
Excerpts and image courtesy of Ben Coxworth/Gizmag