Over the years, we have seen bicycle lights / turn signals included in wearables such as helmets, backpacks, gloves and jackets. The Flasher system uses another approach, clasping things around your hands.
Designed by an Austrian startup of the same name, Flasher simply consists of two fastening straps of the same size, suitable for most. Each strip contains a total of 24 Cree LEDs, located both in the hinged silicone cuffs and in the front and rear of the main rigid module. Users press the center button on this module to select one of the four operating modes.
In night mode, the front LEDs are constantly lit in white (serving as visibility headlights), the rear LEDs are constantly lit in red (serving as rear lights) and all LEDs on one lane will start flashing yellow when the rider pulls the corresponding elbow forward – shows that they are about to turn in this direction. The rider’s hands can remain on the handlebars while making this gesture, plus the bar will vibrate while signaling.
In addition, if the motorcycle suddenly slows down, the accelerometers in both armbands will cause all the LEDs to turn red, serving as brake lights.
The other settings consist of a day mode in which the headlights and taillights are switched off, but the turn signal function still works; Emergency mode in which all LEDs flash red; and a jogging mode without cycling, in which all LEDs are constantly amber.
According to the company, a 1.5-hour charge of 700-mAh lithium batteries on the armbands should be good for up to nine hours of operation in night mode or 19 in day mode. And rain should not be a problem, as the tapes are waterproof.
If you’re interested, Flasher is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. Assuming everything goes according to plan, a bet of € 149 (about $ 157) will provide you with a pair of armbands – the planned retail price is € 219 ($ 231).
You can see the system used in the video below.
Flashing LED strips for cycling hands