Lumos Helmets launches updated LED helmet

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Lumos Helmets will be the first Smart Bike Helmet sold in Apple Stores. The helmet update will make it so users can download an app to their Apple Watch and use hand signals that correspond with smart gesture recognition algorithms that then communicate to the helmet.

The Lumos phone app will also integrate with Strava and Apple Health. The helmet will be available in 300 Apple Stores across the United States and Europe.

“I am tremendously excited about this new feature and how it will further enhance cycling safety,” said Eu-wen Ding, Lumos Helmet’s CEO.“ As a design-centered company, we’re thrilled to be able to launch this with Apple. Having got our start as an idea on Kickstarter, this is a huge moment for us!”

Take a look at our review of the 2017 Lumos Helmet here.

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Review: Lumos LED helmet

By Adam Newman

The Lumos has a sporty style that wouldn’t look out of place in a race or on a group ride. It has single charge port on the rear that uses its own proprietary cable, so that’s another item you’re going to want to carry with you. It has only one port, and a single battery and switch for the front and rear lights. It’s integrated flush with the helmet’s body and is much more difficult to find while you’re wearing it. It also makes a pretty annoying bloop sound when you turn it on or off. Not sure that’s necessary. It also beeps when the battery is low enough that the lights will be going out, so you get a warning before they do. I do like that. The helmet comes in one size that can be adjusted from 54 to 62 cm heads via a dial on the back of the helmet.

The added weight of the lighting system is a bit noticeable on the Lumos, not only because it weighs more (440 grams) but because it looks like a sporty road helmet that should be super lightweight, but is actually a little bit hefty. That weight packs in some extra features though: a motion sensor embedded in the helmet reacts when you slow down quickly and activates all the rear, red LEDs as a brake light. It also has a wireless remote for the turn signals.

Now, here is where I think the bright ideas fizzle out a bit. In most states, automobiles and motorcycles are mandated to have their turn signals spaced a certain distance apart. On a bicycle helmet there isn’t exactly much room, so they are pretty tightly spaced. From more than maybe 15 feet it’s difficult to tell which one is blinking, especially if it’s dark and you’re in a car, you’re moving and the cyclist is turning their head from side to side looking around. They work as advertised, but I’m not convinced they work as intended.

Price: $179

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