The folks at Ryde Bright have an idea: Increase motorcycle safety by combining high intensity LEDs and state-of-the-art riding gear. Using a mixture of fiber optics and LED lighting, the Ryde Bright jacket will not only provide conspicuity, but also signal braking and turns. The company has created prototype models and is now seeking funding via IndieGoGo.

The innovative concept jacket combines both 2.4 Ghz wireless communication to sync the jacket’s LEDs to the rider’s motorcycle and an inductive charging scratch pad on the gas tank to make sure the jacket’s lithium ion battery is always charged. Without the inductive charging, the jacket is capable of providing up to eight hours of ride time. A bonus USB port will also provide power to the rider’s smart phone.

Ryde Bright jacket

Artist’s rendering of Ryde Bright brake signal.

In addition to the illumination provided by the Ryde Bright jacket, industry standard protection and comfort will include: removable CE-Armor on elbows, shoulders and spine; reinforced seams; YKK zippers; reflective striping; and a removable liner. Of course, such a forward thinking garment will have a futuristic, high-tech design. Additionally, all electronic components are waterproof and protected by abrasion-resistant materials.

Ryde Bright Jacket testing

A prototype Ryde Bright jacket during testing.

Ryde Bright’s IndieGoGo goal of $50,000 will be used to deepen the talent of the product team in addition to covering tooling costs plus product manufacturing, testing and marketing.

Visit Ryde Bright’s website to learn more about the product’s development and help them meet their funding goal. Think of it as paying it forward to future riders.

[Source: Ryde Bright]