Canada – SmartHalo is the cyclist’s new best friend, offering easy-to-read directions, notification alerts and security options from a bike’s handlebars.
Developed by CycleLabs, SmartHalo aims to enable safer navigation of urban city environments. By linking with a smartphone, the device can track the bike’s location and, if a route has been set, signal which turn the rider should take.
‘Our design choices have always focused on simplicity,’ says Gabriel Alberola, director of user experience at CycleLabs. ‘We think existing products are overly complicated so we chose to go with a minimalist interface that enables our users to focus on what matters most – their ride.’
The SmartHalo can also flash to notify the rider about an incoming call and will emit an alarm if the bike is tampered with.
The Big Picture: It is no longer enough for technology to gather and present data. In the age of Awakening Tech it must also interpret information in a way that enables its users to stay attuned to the world around them.