Bright light idea on Kick­starter

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

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.

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