After the success of the original SmartHalo, the developers are back with an all-new, even more minimalist design. The SmartHalo 2 is an all-in-one device that’s part navigator, part anti-theft alarm and even functions as a fitness tracker.
The circular device mounts in the center of your bike’s handlebars and uses a combination of colored lights and an OLED display to share information about your ride. The display feeds you info like your speed in real time, fitness metrics like calories burned and total distance, or notifications from your smartphone apps.
While the original device was able to provide directions by signaling a turn with lights, the SmartHalo 2 provides additional features like distance to upcoming turns, weather alerts and points of interests along your path. The device can also help protect you from theft. An internal motion sensor will trigger a 100-decibel alarm if someone tries to swipe your ride while you’re away.
Cyclists who enjoy riding at night will also enjoy the new 250-lumen front light that emits from the SmartHalo 2. Now you can see where you’re going on an empty back road, and drivers can more easily see you coming.
The SmartHalo 2 is still in the fundraising phase, but has already reached its target goal. The retail price is currently set at $159 with shipments expected to begin in December. Check out the website for more information on features and ways to order.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
In the modern age of air travel, checked baggage fees are as ubiquitous as duty-free shopping catalogs in the back pocket of the seat in front of you. Some airlines have even begun to charge for carry-on luggage, particularly for short-haul flights where most passengers end up bringing fewer bags for shorter trips. To avoid such fees, here are a few tips to keep in mind when booking and prepping for your next flight.