It seems that great minds must think alike, is we’ve come across another innovative (and dare we say bright) idea for helping cast a little illumination for those cycling at night. Los Angeles industrial designer Nathan Wills has launched a Kickstater project to create a helmet with built-in luminous panels.
The still in prototype Torch T1 features white LED bulbs in the front, and red ones at the back, covered with plastic lenses, which dispersed the bold light to a greater viewing angle. These LED lights are powered by two rechargeable CR2 batteries and can offer five hours of run time in a non-flashing mode.
Willis plans to create a polystyrene helmet covered with a polycarbonate shell, which will be available in two sizes and three colors. Each element will feature a dial adjuster to provide a customized fit for the wearer. These helmets will be geared for commuters, rather than racers were serious roadie types, but will certainly help the cyclist be seen at night.