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SEIL's got direction signaling in the bag

SEIL's got direction signaling...
The SEIL LED grid signaling system installed in a bag
The SEIL LED grid signaling system installed in a bag
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A SEIL prototype from 2010
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A SEIL prototype from 2010
The SEIL unit is slotted into a bag so that the LEDs face a 1 mm-thick semi-transparent polycarbonate panel
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The SEIL unit is slotted into a bag so that the LEDs face a 1 mm-thick semi-transparent polycarbonate panel
A lever at the front of a handlebar-mounted wireless controller is used to activate the left or right direction arrow via Bluetooth
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A lever at the front of a handlebar-mounted wireless controller is used to activate the left or right direction arrow via Bluetooth
Bright left or right arrows, stopping signals or custom animated text messages shine through the fabric at the back of the bag at the press of a button on a handlebar-mounted wireless controller
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Bright left or right arrows, stopping signals or custom animated text messages shine through the fabric at the back of the bag at the press of a button on a handlebar-mounted wireless controller
The cyclist activates the stop message on the rear of the SEIL bag
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The cyclist activates the stop message on the rear of the SEIL bag
The Safe Enjoy Interact Light (or SEIL for short) is a water-resistant LED light grid mounted on a flexible PCB
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The Safe Enjoy Interact Light (or SEIL for short) is a water-resistant LED light grid mounted on a flexible PCB
Left turn: a SEIL system prototype from 2010
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Left turn: a SEIL system prototype from 2010
Two LED grid sizes have been developed, one with 135 lights, and the other with 207
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Two LED grid sizes have been developed, one with 135 lights, and the other with 207
An Android smartphone app can be used to design the custom signals, images or short text messages, which can also be animated
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An Android smartphone app can be used to design the custom signals, images or short text messages, which can also be animated
The SEIL LED grid signaling system installed in a bag
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The SEIL LED grid signaling system installed in a bag
The SEIL bag includes five inner pockets with a total capacity of 25 liters
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The SEIL bag includes five inner pockets with a total capacity of 25 liters
A lever at the front of a handlebar-mounted wireless controller is used to activate the left or right direction arrow via Bluetooth
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A lever at the front of a handlebar-mounted wireless controller is used to activate the left or right direction arrow via Bluetooth
The SEIL unit is slotted into a bag, hipsack or pouch
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The SEIL unit is slotted into a bag, hipsack or pouch
The SEIL LED grid installed in the hipsack
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The SEIL LED grid installed in the hipsack
The SEIL LED grid installed in a bag
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The SEIL LED grid installed in a bag
An Android smartphone app can be used to design the custom signals, images or short text messages, which can also be animated
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An Android smartphone app can be used to design the custom signals, images or short text messages, which can also be animated
Features of the wireless controller
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Features of the wireless controller
The 15 x 9 SEIL LED grid
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The 15 x 9 SEIL LED grid
The 23 x 9 SEIL LED grid
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The 23 x 9 SEIL LED grid
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Cyclists wanting to notify other road users of stopping or turning intentions can use their arms, but it's not always convenient or safe to do so. Bike-based blinking technology like the Spooklight system is a good way to go, but having to detach and carry your lights between rides to keep them out of the hands of opportunist thieves can be a bit of a pain. A sleeker idea would be to integrate a wirelessly-controlled lighting system into your backpack? That's precisely what SEIL from Myung Su Lee does. Bright directional arrows, stopping signals or custom animated text messages shine through the fabric at the back of the bag at the press of a button on a bar-mounted wireless controller.

Currently a pre-production prototype, the Safe Enjoy Interact Light (or SEIL for short) is a water-resistant LED light grid mounted on a flexible PCB. Two grid sizes have been developed: a 15 x 9 LED unit that's 115 x 111 x 18 mm (4.5 x 4.4 x 0.7 in) in size and weighs 140 g (5 oz), and a 23 x 9 grid with dimensions of 170 x 109 x 18 mm (6.7 x 4.3 x 0.7 in), and weighing 160 g (5.6 oz). The 135 light unit sports a 2700 mAh Li-ion battery that's reported good for 12 hours between charges, while the 207 LED version has a 3500 mAh Li-ion battery which can last for 16 hours before needing a top up.

A lever at the front of a handlebar-mounted wireless controller is used to activate a left or right direction arrow shape via Bluetooth. Its 430 mAh battery should last 8 hours between charges. Buttons on the top are pressed for a stop or emergency symbol, or simple custom messages or alerts. An Android smartphone app can be used to design the custom signals, images or short text messages, which can also be animated. SEIL's designer told Gizmag that development work on an iOS app has now been completed, and the Apple certification process is about to begin.

The cyclist activates the stop message on the rear of the SEIL bag
The cyclist activates the stop message on the rear of the SEIL bag

The SEIL unit is slotted into a bag, hipsack or pouch so that the LEDs face a 1 mm-thick semi-transparent polycarbonate panel that lets the light shine out through the synthetic textile, while also offering some protection to the signaling unit. The SEIL bag has an empty weight of 830 g (29 oz), and includes five inner pockets with a total capacity of 25 liters (including a head pocket big enough to hold a wallet and some small items like pens, and a main section large enough to hold a 13-inch notebook).

The SEIL signaling system was originally created in 2010, and subsequantly won a Red Dot design award. Myung Su Lee has since been refining and tweaking the prototype to ready it for commercial release. To get the product to market, the developer has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Pledge levels start at US$149 for a SEIL Pouch, though it'll cost you at least $299 for a bag, controller and app bundle. The campaign ends of November 1, and if all goes as planned, the first Special Edition SEIL bags will be shipped to backers by December of this year, with other units penciled in for March 2014 delivery.

The SEIL pitch video is below.

Sources: Myung Su Lee, Kickstarter

Cyclists wanting to notify other road users of stopping or turning intentions can use their arms, but it's not always convenient or safe to do so. Bike-based blinking technology like the Spooklight system is a good way to go, but having to detach and carry your lights between rides to keep them out of the hands of opportunist thieves can be a bit of a pain. A sleeker idea would be to integrate a wirelessly-controlled lighting system into your backpack? That's precisely what SEIL from Myung Su Lee does. Bright directional arrows, stopping signals or custom animated text messages shine through the fabric at the back of the bag at the press of a button on a bar-mounted wireless controller.

Currently a pre-production prototype, the Safe Enjoy Interact Light (or SEIL for short) is a water-resistant LED light grid mounted on a flexible PCB. Two grid sizes have been developed: a 15 x 9 LED unit that's 115 x 111 x 18 mm (4.5 x 4.4 x 0.7 in) in size and weighs 140 g (5 oz), and a 23 x 9 grid with dimensions of 170 x 109 x 18 mm (6.7 x 4.3 x 0.7 in), and weighing 160 g (5.6 oz). The 135 light unit sports a 2700 mAh Li-ion battery that's reported good for 12 hours between charges, while the 207 LED version has a 3500 mAh Li-ion battery which can last for 16 hours before needing a top up.

A lever at the front of a handlebar-mounted wireless controller is used to activate a left or right direction arrow shape via Bluetooth. Its 430 mAh battery should last 8 hours between charges. Buttons on the top are pressed for a stop or emergency symbol, or simple custom messages or alerts. An Android smartphone app can be used to design the custom signals, images or short text messages, which can also be animated. SEIL's designer told Gizmag that development work on an iOS app has now been completed, and the Apple certification process is about to begin.

The cyclist activates the stop message on the rear of the SEIL bag
The cyclist activates the stop message on the rear of the SEIL bag

The SEIL unit is slotted into a bag, hipsack or pouch so that the LEDs face a 1 mm-thick semi-transparent polycarbonate panel that lets the light shine out through the synthetic textile, while also offering some protection to the signaling unit. The SEIL bag has an empty weight of 830 g (29 oz), and includes five inner pockets with a total capacity of 25 liters (including a head pocket big enough to hold a wallet and some small items like pens, and a main section large enough to hold a 13-inch notebook).

The SEIL signaling system was originally created in 2010, and subsequantly won a Red Dot design award. Myung Su Lee has since been refining and tweaking the prototype to ready it for commercial release. To get the product to market, the developer has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Pledge levels start at US$149 for a SEIL Pouch, though it'll cost you at least $299 for a bag, controller and app bundle. The campaign ends of November 1, and if all goes as planned, the first Special Edition SEIL bags will be shipped to backers by December of this year, with other units penciled in for March 2014 delivery.

The SEIL pitch video is below.

Sources: Myung Su Lee, Kickstarter

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7 comments
Denis Klanac
Turn signal need to be orange to prevent confusion.
Slowburn
It looks overly complex to me.
Rt1583
A great idea overall but they would have to mandate such a device (this one or a similar device) for all road going cyclists for it to be truly viable which I'd be willing to bet would sit well with the majority of cyclists out there.
As it is only a relatively small percentage of cyclists will buy this and to motor vehicle operators it will basically be seen as a novelty and it won't automatically register that the message flashing on the back of the cyclist is in fact a warning to their intentions.
Rt1583
I meant to say would not sit well with the majority of cyclists out there.
Greg P
I do not see why that needs to be in a bag form. IT could easily be incoroporated into a light jack, or strap on to anything on the back of the bike.
The animations really need to be limited to left, right and stop. Otherwise you will get people writing all sorts of advertising or crap on the device. making it a distraction.
Dirk Scott
Never seen a GREEN stop sign before.
unklmurray
I kinda like the design however.......If I'm carrying a backpack anyway,let us put a 24 inch bar across the back with RED lights across it Yes, put a Msg spot in the middle but have turn signals at either end of the 24in. bar,the bar could be highly flexable,and while I'm wearing the pack anyway lets' put 2--300+ lumens head lights on the sternum strap the ''Wings could fold up when not on the bike and the hands free head lights can be used kinda like the "Repulsor'' I saw on another article but they were trying to put that flash light at the waist .....dumb location as your hands & arms would constantly be in the way....move it up to the Sternum, even if I'm not carrying a back pack I still wear a back brace that has shoulder straps and a Sternum strap and a Hip belt to carry stuff on [Cops call them ''service belts'']the shoulder straps are a good place to carry your .44 mag.Lady Smith....Unless you don't live in a FREE country like NYC,I'm told they don't carry handguns in NYC...........