Though smart bikes are on the rise, most of us still ride the traditional non-electric bicycles, with the same old school bell that only pings when you press it. Shoka Bell wants to change not only the way you use your bell, but also the way you ride, with its self-titled bell.
Currently a Kickstarter campaign, Shoka Bell is an all-in-one bell that acts as a bell, light, as well as navigator. It comes in two parts, a vibrant exterior which you can take off when you get off the bike, and a metal interior that remains attached to the bike. The exterior comes in different color and handles LEDs, sounds, and all the navigation.
At its most basic, Shoka Bell creates noise to let everyone know about your presence. There are 8 different types of sounds to choose from, each suitable for the different situation. Also, you can customize the sounds for different people. The bell is clever enough to automatically adjust the volume depending on your surroundings. So there’s high possibility that you won’t end up blasting the eardrums out of a pedestrian on their evening walk. However, when needed, the bell can be louder as twice than regular bells.
When you’re riding home in the night, the LED light can act as a light, alerting other cars and people in the road of your presence without blinding them. It can provide you navigation through the LED lights. Instead of choosing the quickest path, Shoka Bell always plans routes that are safe for you, smart decision when you are on two wheels.
As you already know, you can remove the exterior and take it with you; the device will register where you leave your bike and will alert you if the bike is touched. However, the feature only works from up to250 meters away. It also comes with a battery with 200 hours lifetime. So you don’t need to worry about charging it all the time.
Shoka Bell is currently available on Kickstarter and has already gained enough funding. You can get it for $99, depending on whether you can grab the early bird offer. You can expect it ring your doorbell on March 2017.