Turn and Brake With The Lumos Bicycle Helmet

Cycling at night can be dangerous, especially in big cities where cars are everywhere.

However, a team of inventors out of Boston, Massachusetts, have developed a clever helmet that will keep cycling enthusiasts safer while on the road.

Called Lumos, the helmet is equipped with lights, letting motorists behind you and in front of you know when you are turning or braking.

“As a group of developers and cyclists, we've spent a long time trying to create a solution for the countless number of people (including ourselves) who've felt invisible or vulnerable on the road,” explains Eu-wen Ding, who is the brainchild behind this unique invention.

“By enabling cyclists to more effectively signal and communicate their intentions to motorists, our hope is that this will better enable cyclist and motorist to cooperate and share the road in a way that will lead to safer roadways for all parties involved,” adds Ding.

Lumos: Stay Safe And Visible On The Road

The helmet features integrated brake and turn signal lights and drivers will notice you when you sport this helmet.

The helmet looks just like any modern day helmet; however it looks way more different when you turn it on. This is a new smart helmet on many levels.

The helmet has a long bright white light on the front so drivers coming towards you will see you.

The back of the helmet features a red triangular pattern of lights, the same used for warning symbols on the road. Drivers behind you will notice you right away with this main light on.

Even better, the back and front of the helmet have turn signal lights and brake lights, so drivers all around you will know which way you are turning or when you are stopping.

“Once activated, bright yellow lights on the helmet turn on to form an arrow on the back, and a dash from the front to indicate the direction you wish to turn,” explains the team of inventors.

“Lumos comes with an integrated accelerometer. It senses when you slow down and automatically turns all the rear lights bright solid red to signal that you are breaking… The brake lights activate any time you slow down so that you don’t have to think about it,” adds the team.

The Next Generation Bicycle Helmet

The lights on the helmet are controlled through a wireless remote, which is small and you can place it just about anywhere. Most users will find it handy to attach it to one of their bike handles.

The helmet also comes with a rechargeable battery that you power up through a USB cable. And the battery lasts a long time: one full charge will last about a week (based on 30 minutes of cycling per day).

And never worry about the weather. This helmet is water resistant so you can cycle more safely – rain or shine.

So, will this helmet be widely utilized among cyclers? Its team of inventors thinks so.

They point out that each year almost 50,000 cyclists suffer serious injuries, and well over 700 die each year in the USA. Most injuries and fatalities are a direct result of a cyclist being hit by a vehicle.

“This isn’t a product, it’s a movement,” explains the team.

They add, “Our hope is that Lumos makes it easier for cyclists to stay safe while still keeping that sense of freedom that comes with riding your bike.”

The helmet costs $85.00 (USD).

So, turn on Lumos. Wear it. And ride.