New Gadget Takes Pulse of Cyclists


As we've frequently observed, some of the products that people who love gadgets gravitate to most sturdy are the ones that combine various other types of gadgets into a kind of super gadget, and now an Australian student has done that with a bicycle helmet. This helmet which called the Pulse Bicycle Safety Helmet combines several different features that cyclists can use while riding, into the shell of the helmet without decreasing the safety features of the helmet. In fact, with more safety features built in the Pulse Bicycle Safety Helmet may be even safer than a normal helmet. The first major difference between the Pulse Bicycle Safety Helmet and a normal helmet is in its structure. The Pulse is designed so that its user can customize how air flows through the helmet in order to meet his or her exact cooling needs. This can be especially valuable for any cyclist who rides in a variety of climates or weather conditions. After all, you do not need a lot of air flow if you're competitive in the Iditabike race in the dead of winter up in Alaska. On the other hand if you happen to be riding through Death Valley in July, air flow is very much a necessity. Fortunately the Pulse Helmet can adapt pretty well to either extreme of weather conditions or simply the preferences of different riders.

The major feature that makes the Pulse Bicycle Safety Helmet safer is the array of built in LED based lights. These bright lights, combined with the types of reflective materials found on most bike helmets, make the Pulse much more visible in low light levels and at night. This can be indispensable when it comes to staying safe while commuting or working out after dark and in many areas it's illegal to ride a bike on a street without a light. While these LED's will not light your way while riding after dark or before dawn, they will make you much more visible.

Another major threat to the safety of bike riders is the tendency to listen to music or talk on a phone while riding a bike. This is definitely a bad idea for a number of reason. In the case of talking on the phone while riding a bike, it's definitely an even worse idea than doing so while driving. This is simply because riding a bike one handed is much more difficult than driving one handed it. For example, the vast majority of bikes require manual shifting and braking with one hand on the handle bar is likely to cause the rider to flip over if it happens to be the front brake that's used, and using the back brake alone is not nearly as effective as using the front brake or both brakes at the same time. Fortunately the Pulse is able to solve this problem by allowing the rider to make and receive phone calls hands free. The incoming audio is fed into the ear that faces away from the road so that road noise can still be heard.

Listening to music is also extremely dangerous to bike riders because of the fact that most will listen to music over headphones or ear buds that interfere from them hearing the sound of other vehicles on the road. The Pulse circumvents this problem by feeding the music through the same single speaker that it uses to deliver phone conversation. This frees up the ear closest to the road to hear danger on the road.

In all, gadgets like the Pulse will prove to be assets to cyclists in the future.

Source by Julia Hall