Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tech Toy of the Month: Monkey Light for Bike Wheels

This new product on Kickstarter builds on two earlier Monkey Light devices that display a color LED pattern across your bike wheel when you are pedaling.  The new version combines an array of 256 LEDs on both sides of 4 bars, creating a full-color display that turns your entire bike wheel into an amazing lighted color picture in motion.  The builtin options feature many flashy psychedelic "light show" effects as well as several cartoony animations. The full price for those of us who didn't get in on the Kickstarter ground floor is about $800 for one wheel or $1600 for two, or $2200 for a bike with the wheels pre-installed.  Assuming that the price will rocket downward as the manufacturing scale ramps up, I think we'll see these everywhere in a few years.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Kickstarter

Link to article:
Monkey Light Pro - Bicycle Wheel Display System

Excerpt: "DISPLAY YOUR OWN GRAPHICS

Use our web-based software to create a playlist with your own images and animations - or choose from our collection of custom artwork. Then send your playlist to the Monkey Light Pro with Bluetooth wireless.

Mount the Monkey Light Pro to your bike wheel and take your message to the streets. Once you're rolling the display fills the bike wheel and is visible from both sides. The Monkey Light Pro is waterproof, durable and designed for use on city streets. Crank your bike to eleven.

In the past we've hand built our prototypes for exhibits and developers only. You may have seen one at Maker Faire, Siggraph, Dragon's Den, EuroBike, SXSW or at a Museum.

Finally, we're ready to launch the Monkey Light Pro in product form. We've field tested 100 units of the most recent hand-made prototype. We've refined the design a lot from our developer feedback. Now we need your help to manufacture the Monkey Light Pro with a user-friendly package and price."

No comments:

Post a Comment