The biggest danger facing a motorcyclist while riding in traffic is getting rear-ended by a car. Debuted at CES 2017, Cosmo Connected has a solution to help keep two-wheeled commuters a little safer on the road.
The Cosmo is an extra visible brake light made of 12 LEDs that attaches to the back of any existing motorcycle helmet via a magnet. The housing is made of poly-carbonate and a semi-firm rubber, and it is weather resistant and weighs 150 grams (5.3 ounces).
Powered by a lithium polymer, the brake light can be programmed to act as a normal brake light. This function makes it shine on deceleration when sensed by the built-in accelerometer. It can be set via an app to blink a constant pattern, which might be preferred in less visible conditions, or by cyclists looking to borrow this technology. For convenience, the battery life lasts up to eight hours on a single charge.
The Cosmo Connected is more than just a brake light. Its least noticeable feature is one that could save a rider’s life. Should the Cosmo detect a collision, it will send a command to the connected app to alert emergency services along with geolocation info and medical history. The app can also automatically alert preset emergency contacts.
The connected features can also be used for real-time location monitoring that can be shared with trusted parties. Cosmo can also analyze anonymous data to determine high-risk areas for motorcyclist collisions.
The helmet accessory seems well built and well designed, but there is one thing that may come in as an issue later. The auto alerts sent to emergency services and contacts happen when a collision is detected. If this is because a jerk of the head is detected, then what is to stop it from calling just when you are moving abruptly? Over all it is an innovative product and I will be happy to see them out in public.
The Cosmo Connected accessory is currently on kickstarter and has just reached its goal. The campaign still has 28 days left in the funding stage where they are offering a good deal. All rewards are 40% off retail. So if you are a biker of any kind, check them out and let us know what you think in the comment section below.