Bike helmets with built-in LED turn indicators might be a little cool, but most of them are activated with a handlebar-mounted remote. Unlike the Gamel helmet, its indicators are triggered by tilting the head.
Gamel is developed by a Parisian startup of the same name and is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign.
The device has a strip of white LEDs on the front and a strip of red/amber LEDs on the back. Needless to say, the front strip serves as the headlights.The one at the rear serves not only as a taillight, but also as an accelerometer-activated brake light and Displayed as turn indicators.
The latter is activated simply by purposefully tilting your head to the side you plan to turn to. Doing so will cause the LEDs on that side of the strip to start blinking amber in sequence. A beep will also let you know that the light has indeed been activated, which will stop when the LED automatically stops signaling after eight seconds.
The helmet itself reportedly weighs 360 grams (12.7 ounces), meets international safety standards, features a Fidlock quick-release magnetic chin strap buckle, and can be used with up to 10 hours of light on every 3-hour charge. It’s lithium-ion battery.
As a power-saving measure, the helmet’s electronics automatically shut down if no movement of any kind is detected for at least three minutes. The components are IP55 waterproof, meaning they can withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction.
Assuming the Gamel helmet goes into production, Pledge €149 (around $164) will give you a set of colors to choose from in cream, black, navy, or khaki. The planned retail price is €249 ($273).
You can see the helmet in action in the video below.Cyclists who want to add tilt-activated turn indicators to their car existing Helm may be interested in successfully booted ticc devices.