Being visible at night is always a concern, whether you are riding your bike or just walking your dog. This LED belt spotted on Design You Trust is designed to keep you seen. There are some pretty gnarly statistics concerning pedestrians killed by autos, to the tune of 275K per year. So, this Halo Belt 2.0 is on a mission to protect anyone on the road. Think of all the potential users, including cops, joggers, children, military, roadside workers, and cyclists. That’s a lot of potential users.
Apparently the company got its original start in 2012 on Kickstarter. So, they know how this belt thing works. Their site tells the story.
We have utilized the feedback of early supporters and Kickstarter backers to create our new Halo Belt. The Halo Belt 2.0 has been redesigned to be brighter and rechargeable. We have also integrated our custom designed LED fiber optic system and 3M reflective elastic onto the belt that can be adjusted to the desired size and length to accommodate most users.
Usually when you think of protective gear, the first thing that comes to mind is those reflective vests. Apparently they don’t hold up to a Halo.
Since reflective jackets are only visible when a light source is projected onto it, it would be impossible to spot someone in the dark. We have designed the Halo Belt 2.0 to have a combination of high quality 3M reflectives as well as our illuminating LED fiber optic technology. This helps the user stay visible when he or she may not be in direct headlight projection.
Considering most drivers are looking at their phones, that means less reaction time. So, better to go with the glow and hope that you are seen a few seconds in advance. Speaking of glow, check out our kit to make your own LED Belt.
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