Cycling is becoming more and more popular, especially during summer months in the Pacific Northwest and in cities that are designed for biking. With the activity, however, comes danger. Just in Seattle alone, there have been a number of accidents and even deaths in the biking community. So naturally, I’ve been seeing a lot of technology-enfused gear that addresses safety issues, including this new product on Kickstarter from Portland, Or-based inventor, Jack O’Neal.
Inspired by Leah Buechley’s DIY turn signal jacket, YouTurn is a patent pending motion-activated signaling system for cyclists. Using accelerometer technology, it reads the position of the riders hand in three-dimensional space, then activates one of two designated light patterns, quickly and accurately communicating the rider’s intention to nearby motorists.