Bright light idea on Kickstarter
A BRILLIANT idea on Kickstarter is struggling for support.
Called the ALLight (for Always Level Light), its inventor, bike rider and motorcycle technician Peymon Hashimoto, said he wanted to illuminate the dark spots all riders face when leaning a bike into a turn.
Because a bike’s handlebars do not turn into a lean, the motorbike’s light bead tilts into the sky and into the road, leaving the space the rider is entering momentarily in the dark.
Hashimoto said in his Kickstarter pitch he realised he could solve this problem when he saw a gimbal motor stabilise a camera to keep the beam level.
He proved the concept in March last year and has since improved the design four times to produce the “design protype” in April.
The self-levelling, super-bright projector beam can be retrofitted to all bikes.
The ALLight simply slips into the place of the H4 type light bulbs used in most bikes, but for H7 and H11 type bulbs, the headlight cover has to be removed to plug in the unit’s standard three-pin connector.
And because the light cannot blind other motorists, he used superbright LEDs to create the brightest lights on bikes, both on low beam and high beam.
One reason why Hashimoto’s campaign has at the time of print garnered less than $4 000 (R54 375) of his $92 500 goal may be because he is asking rather a lot for tech which he calls a “design protype”. And maybe because he deems one of his ALLight stickers a bargain at over R130 each. Still, the first 20 early bird special offerings have been snapped up at just over R2 000 ($150) each. Latecomers who want an ALLight will pay over R2 700 ($200) each. This includes worldwide shipping and two stickers. Bike retailers can order a batch of 10 at some R1 900 ($140) each, also including shipping and two stickers thrown in. More on Kickstarter.