Bicycle riders rejoice, Zackees Turn Signal Gloves put safety in the palms of your hands! This new direction in two-wheeled security allows bike-riders to speak the language of the cars and trucks they share the roads with.
The gloves are the brainchild of San Francisco-based Zach Voorhies and have just completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign raising 200% of the projected goal. This means you're sure to see Zackees Turn Signal Gloves on store shelves before long, though you CAN purchase a pair right now at Zackees.com.
Zackees Turn Signal Gloves are no one-trick pony: from the get-go Voorhies set out to ensure these gloves were state-of-the-art in every which way but loose (they come in sizes S, M, L and XL by the way).
The key talking point concerns the built-in LED chevrons on the backs of each glove, however, and understandably so: it's a concept almost every bike-rider has wished for at one time or another.
The signals are activated via an integral metal activation switch ergonomically sited between the wearer's thumb and index finger. Once activated, the signals are visible to anyone in front of the user, who can keep their hands on the handle bars. Signaling behind is accomplished by extending one's hand and clicking the contact plates together.
All this flashing takes power, of course, and Voorhies has designed a lightweight, reliable way of keeping the juice flowing when required. Two coin cell batteries power the gloves and the electronics are optimized to recognize which type of batteries are being used. Since Voorhies wasn't able to find a suitable USB charger for rechargeable coin cell batteries, he designed his own!
Other notable features of the gloves include the use of high quality textiles and genuine leather, a built-in light sensor to boost daytime visibility, washable electronics, and long battery life: roughly 3-6 months of daily active use without a charge or replacement. For more info, please visit the Zackees Turn Signal Gloves product page, and thanks to Lady Bee for the tip!