This morning I received an email from the team who are at this moment crowd funding a new product called BrakeFree. This project that has already reached it's funding goal is now coming close to ending it's campaign. The product that will come to market in the coming year is an autonomous brake detection light that attaches to the back of a motorcycle helmet. This idea is not something totally new but then again is because of the features that have been designed into the BrakeFree light.
The BrakeFree light is held magnetically to the back of a standard motorcycle helmet. It has a rechargeable battery for all day riding. You simply remove it from your helmet and plug it into a charger using a micro USB cable.
The helmet is programmable, lightweight, weather resistant and aerodynamic. There are 100 individual LED's in the unit for a nice bright display that will surely be an attention getter while in use.
The BrakeFree has a battery life of 8+ hours. It takes only 2 hours to recharge and has no wires or apps to make it work. Another plus is that the unit weighs only 6 ounces or 170 grams. Very light weight for the size of the light. The BrakeFree has three modes of operation. Regular braking, engine braking, and emergency braking. Even with this capability the light will not come on if you bob your head up and down to try and turn the brake light on. A nice bit of engineering I would say.
The light is held to a helmet using two magnetic mounts. I thought about this for a second the first time I saw BrakeFree online and was wondering what happens when you have a passenger on your motorcycle and you want to use this on your ride. The passenger would have brake lights in his or her face? No. What you do is have another set of mounts put on the passengers helmet and the unit will work exactly the same way giving you and your passenger a safer riding experience. Also being as the unit is so light weight the passenger would not even notice that the light was on the back of the helmet.
I for one am a big supporter of this new Indiegogo project and so I wanted to spread the word to other riders that this crowd funding project will be ending soon. I enjoy riding my motorcycle a great deal and with this product I will feel just a bit safer and secure knowing that I will be seen when I am traveling down the road and need to stop.
BrakeFree as I said earlier in this post has already reached it's crowdfunding goal to get this product on the market. With only eight days left they are trying to expand the capabilities of the BrakeFree light to let everyone have a larger battery in the unit that will give it 2 hours more battery life or 10+ hours total battery life. Of course with helping fund this project the cost of the unit is less than it will be once the crowdfunding campaign has ended.
The Brakefree campaign lists the price of the unit at $119 which is at a 25% discount compared to what it will cost once the campaign has ended. The price goes up from there depending on how many units you would like to order.
It will take almost a year for the BrakeFree to be available but as with anything new that comes on the market it always takes time to get all of the fine details worked out. For more information about BrakeFree and have a chance at helping crowdfund it's success further you can find the link to the BrakeFree campaign listed below. I know I am happy to have helped and will look forward to getting one of these units in my hands as soon as possible. Check it out today!