How LEDs Can Help Cyclists

It can seem difficult to keep up with all the new and useful ways LEDs are being deployed in our modern world. One use of LEDs that consistently seems to find its way into the news is in the realm of traffic safety. From interesting crosswalks and innovative light patterns for pedestrians, to LED concepts that are being worked into smarter and safer cars, the roads are abloom in LED-based technology.

One arena that may be overlooked here are those ubiquitous cyclists. Of course, a main piece of gear for any cyclists is the helmet. But over the years, precious little design modifications have occurred in these common units. A company called Coros is looking to change that with a unique cycling helmet that incorporates LEDs.

Called OMNI, the helmet uses a special battery pack and extremely light-weight LED strips that create light patterns along the side and back. The prototype is scheduled to go into production early this year if demand exists.

The safety benefit of wearing a helmet with embedded LED seems to come from two places. One, of course, is the quality of light production, allowing motorists to spot cyclists much more easily. But bikes already have an assortment of lights. Sowhat may, in fact, be key to the OMNI LED system is the distinctive look. The whole idea of LED safety lights, after all, is to stand out.

And the OMNI actually has more than just LEDs packed into it: bone conduction transducer speakers built-in, wind-resistant microphones, Bluetooth and emergency GPS, USB ports and an 8-hour rechargeable battery.

The sleek setup of the side- and rear-mounted LED panels that seem to get the most interest out of some cycling enthusiasts. For LED enthusiasts, there still seems to be a lightly tapped market for LEDs integrated into the things we wear. As battery systems that power LEDs become lighter and more versatile, and as LEDs continue to use less power with each generation, there may be an upwards direction in the possibilities for how we can deploy them in the everyday things we wear.

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