The makers of the inVIEW helmet light hope to raise more than $US1m to develop an update of their innovative product that not only indicates when brakes are applied or a rider slows down on the throttle, but also shows a rider’s intention to turn.
Third Eye Design, founded in 2009, have announced they are producing inView2 and hoping to fund it through their first public stock offering.
Common shares cost $US5.17 each with a minimum investment of $US248.16. Supporters can invest via credit card, ACH, or wire with funds held in escrow until close.
There is no date yet for the new model nor any information about how it will be updated.
The stick-on bluetooth inVIEW light has been available for three years at $US249.95, but the current model has been reduced to $US149.95 ahead of the new model.
It features an accelerometer that activates the brake light even when just slowing down on the throttle which many riders do.
We can’t see why they would be illegal here as they do not replace the motorcycle’s brake lights or indicators.
However, Victorian police might take a dim view of this product since they still believe any addition to a helmet is illegal.
Some might think this is a great idea as it lifts these important lights higher where drivers are more likely to see them.
It could also be a good safety feature with its brake light that illuminates when the rider slows down on the throttle, rather than the brakes.
How inVIEW works
The inVIEW unit has bright LEDs and is powered by two AAA batteries that they claim will last for months.
Riders get a warning when batteries are low or if there is a problem with the system.
It snaps on via a 3M hook and loop mounting system that Third Eye Design claim is unobtrusive when the unit is not attached and snaps off in the event of a crash.
There is also a small transmitter that can be located close to the rear brake light and indicators.
They say it draws “almost no power and works on all motorcycles, including those with CANBus electrical systems”.