Sure! We will have jacket clips, magnetic mounts and ways to add it to your boat or trailer. Stay tuned!
You may have seen a very different product. There is a reason a wireless helmet brake and signal light hasn’t existed successfully before. Our technology didn’t exist. Dimly lit LEDs, poor battery life, on and off switches and lack of other features don’t make for a compelling product. HelSTAR is dramatically different – in every aspect. The unit you may be referring to is dramatically different than ours. We are very familiar with it and others that claim to do the same thing. Since they need to focus most of their battery power on RF communication, their unit must be turned on and off every time you ride. Forget to turn it on and it won’t help you, forget to turn it off and the batteries will be dead the next time you need to use it. We have one of these – and the LEDs are not bright – even at night. Ours exceed DOT specifications and are very bright even in direct sun. Their system won’t work on CAN Bus motorcycles. It’s not programmable and upgradable and cannot be moved from helmet to helmet (ie driver to passenger). We couldn’t find a single helmet it would fit to properly. Ours works on any helmet and any motorcycle. Ours offers built in diagnostics so you know the helmet is connect and working properly. We can turn on features like brake modulation, there is much more. And, we are proudly made in the USA.
Our unit is quite different from the Gmax. Since they need to focus most of their battery power on RF communication, their unit must be turned on and off every time you ride and the LEDs are not very bright – even at night. They don’t integrate turn signals and their system won’t work on CAN Bus motorcycles. It’s not programmable and upgradable and cannot be moved from helmet to helmet (ie driver to passenger). They have done a nice job with integration, but their llight works on a couple of models of Gmax helmets only. Ours works on any helmet and any motorcycle.
Absolutely! We worked closely with 3M to secure a special hook and loop mounting system that is safe for your helmet, unobtrusive when the unit is not on your helmet, is secure in any weather conditions and allows for easy transfer between helmets. It is designed to break away in the event of a crash.
The unit comes with 2 mounts – and is easily transferred between helmets. We will offer transmitter and receivers separately for families who share 1 bike or for individuals who have more than 1 bike but fewer helmets.
The helmet light you see in the campaign is a prototype unit we piloted in the US. We were more concerned with the electronics during the pilot, since we knew we could make it smaller in its final form. The final unit will have an injection molded lens that will light red for brake and yellow for directional. It will be approximately half the height you see in the pilot units (see conceptual illustration in the campaign story). Our pilot participants were happy with the footprint, just not the height so the final version will have a lower profile. We had no issues or complaints about weight or wind noise – pilot participants didn’t know it was on their helmet.
Our pilot units used (2) AAA and we had participants who used them for an entire season without needing to change them. Our RF protocol uses almost no battery energy – so battery consumption relates directly to LED use – the more you are on your brake the faster you need to change the batteries (that said, LEDs are getting both brighter and more efficient all the time). I would expect 2-3 months in average use, perhaps longer. If you are in a parade, a lot less, lol. For the final unit we are considering CR123 batteries which may allow for a daytime running light feature.
It installs easily. We use new, posi-tap connectors that can tap wires in a way that total wire integrity is maintained. The transmitter connects to power, ground, brake and left and right directional. The transmitter itself is sealed and can be located almost anywhere – under the seat, behind the seat, etc. – wherever wires are easy to get to. It draws almost no power and works on all motorcycles, including those with CAN Bus electrical systems. Once installed, it requires no maintenance or user intervention. It syncs automatically with your motorcycle and sends brake and turn signals to your helmet receiver. The helmet receiver attaches easily with special 3M tape, and 2 mounts are included so it can be switched quickly between helmets. Batteries are installed by removing 2 screws.
Our unit can be installed on any standard DOT helmet meant for street use with a smooth hard surface (i.e. it won’t adhere to a leather covered helmet). The only other requirement is the real-estate to install it – an unobstructed surface area of approximately 5″ x 2.5″.
Third Eye Design is completing its fundraising to initiate US sales. Production units and exclusive features like brake modulation will be made available to those who register in advance. Registration is available here.
Retail units will be available via this web site in our ecommerce section in the spring of 2018.
For investors, detailed projections, national market research, customer surveys and complete volumetric sales modeling are available in our full business plan. Investment opportunities are available to meet investor portfolio objectives.
Yes. A wireless bicycle running and brake light is in prototype and we will offer a snowmobile brake and running light.
Yes! Our technology was designed to work with virtually all 12v motorcycle electrical systems.
Absolutely! Our receiver produces less RF noise or radiation than a 20” loop of wire and is not impacted by typical infrared or radio frequency noise often found in urban areas.
With US design and manufacturing, we are estimating a retail price of $179. Limited quantities will be made available to trade show attendees and web site registrants at an introductory price of $149.
Absolutely! A single helmet can be linked to multiple transmitters. (e.g. someone who rides more than 1 bike)
Yes! A single transmitter can be linked to multiple receivers (or helmets – e.g., 1 motorcycle in a family with more than 1 driver).
Our high performance attachment method allows you to easily move it to a passenger helmet when necessary. Our OEM/integrated unit (Phase II) features a temporary override feature which allows the light to be temporarily disabled via a magnetic key fob when worn with a passenger. This feature automatically resets to normal operation after pre-set period of inactivity (this eliminates having the unit remain disabled unintentionally).