A new piece of wearable tech will keep you dry, warm, and visible next time you’re out cycling.
The Visijax Commuter Jacket, displayed on Sunday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is a lightweight, high-tech jacket made for cyclists, and perfect for Vancouverites. Bonus? It’s also rainproof.
The jacket features 23 motion-activated high-intensity LEDs and self-cancelling turn-indicators, powered by a USB rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.
In short, the indicators light up when a cyclist begins a turn. “Our proprietary iMASS technology, with its amber flashing indicator lights enables those around you to see when you are about to turn even when you have two hands on the handle bars,” the company says on their website.
“iMASS™ allows you to automatically activate the LED turning signals by simply raising your arms as cyclists normally do… Furthermore once the appropriate turning signal is activated, it stays on for 5 seconds-allowing cyclist to replace their hand onto the handlebar and concentrate on making a safe turning, before self-cancelling.”
The rechargeable battery lasts for about 30 hours of cycling, but if conditions don’t always call for extra visibility, you can turn the lights off with a power button.
The jacket is available on amazon.co.uk and currently retails for £99 ($177 CAD).
Visijax is a UK company with manufacturing in Shanghai. Founded in 2011, the company hit a major boost when they became the sole licensee of a portfolio of Elekson patents and trademarks in 2014 for building fabric-based electronic components.
Visijex was recently named as a 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree for the Commuter cycling jacket. The CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.
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