When we first heard about Peter Olt and his Banshee Horn, the Florida resident was trying to raise money through crowd-funding website Kickstarter.
The Kickstarter campaign proved to be a success with supporters donating three times the amount Olt was initially seeking to start up his business. Half a year later, Olt has now hired a full time staff and started up his business under the brand name Screaming Banshee. The company is now looking for distributors in the U.S. and in other markets.
Olt’s product is fairly simple. The Screaming Banshee supplements a motorcycle’s stock horn system and can blast the horn at a loud 139 dB. What makes Screaming Banshee different is it can also be used to play a quieter honk for when you don’t want to be heard from three blocks away.
Riders can change the The Screaming Banshee can also pulse the high beams for a visual cue. In some parts of the world however, flashing high beams is illegal, so Screaming Banshee also created a version that activates the turn indicators instead. It might not be as noticeable, but it’s legal and every little bit of warning helps.
A short tap on the horn button activates the motorcycle’s stock horn for a quiet “toot”, useful for a simple warning, or for enclosed areas like an underground parking garage. Hold the horn button a bit longer and the Screaming Banshee’s 139 dB horn activates, useful for emergency situations such as when a driver is trying to merge its car into the motorcycle’s lane without checking its blindspot.
Olt, an electrical engineer from New Zealand, came up with the idea for his horn after such an incident, narrowly avoiding a serious crash.
For more information, visit Screaming-Banshee.com.
Banshee Horn Lets Your Bike Scream Like a Banshee