OxiLum takes a unique hands-on approach to bicycle brake lights
Although there are now a number of helmet-mounted brake lights on the market, they're almost all activated by an integrated accelerometer. The OxiLum takes what is claimed to be a better approach, as it's triggered by a brake-lever-mounted device.
The OxiLum pops on and off of an included magnetic mount, which gets attached to the back of the user's existing helmet – that mount can also be attached to the bike itself, in locations such as the back of the seatpost or rear rack.
If the user wishes, the OxiLum can be purchased and used on its own, as a standalone tail light. By pressing a button in the middle of the device, it can be set to one of eight different output modes – these include various steady, pulsing and flashing patterns, at intensities ranging from 9 to 100 lumens. It can also be set to illuminate white instead of red, allowing it to serve as a be-seen type headlight.
The brake light feature comes into play if buyers opt for the extra OxiBrake device.
It slips onto one of the bike's existing brake levers, and contains a pressure sensor that detects when the lever is being squeezed by the rider's hand. The OxiBrake responds to such squeezes by sending a wireless signal to the OxiLum, causing it to illuminate accordingly. A red LED on the OxiBrake itself also illuminates, to let the rider know that the brake light is indeed functioning.
According to Overade, this setup is better than accelerometer-activated helmet brake lights for three reasons: such lights may not be activated by gentle braking, they can get "confused" by head movements, plus (if they incorporate a timer) they may shut off before the rider has completely braked to a stop.
The OxiBrake powers up automatically when squeezed, and can be paired with up to four OxiLums. One 2.5-hour charge of its battery should reportedly be good for one month of use. A half-hour charge of the OxiLum's battery is claimed to offer anywhere from six to 21 hours of runtime, depending on the output mode. Both devices are water-resistant.
Assuming the system reaches production, a pledge of €30 (about US$32) will get you a single OxiLum, with €55 ($59) required for an OxiLum and an OxiBrake. The planned retail prices are $55 and $95, respectively.
You can see the setup in use, in the following video.