Turn Signal Gloves for Cyclists Will Save Lives
Zach Vorhies, formerly a software engineer at Google, has developed turn signal gloves for bicyclists. The Zackees Turn Signal Gloves light up along the side when briefly held together.
A blinking turn signal will pulse at the back of your hand, letting motorists know you’re going to turn or pass, and on which side. The palms also include a layer of grip for better control of your bike.
A circuit that lights the gloves brightens when sensors and a set of metal rivets connect. The metal rivets click when they do connect, giving you extra feedback so you know they’ve activated. Holding your thumb and pointer finger together starts the blinking turn indicator. The light turns off when you separate the rivets, or after a preset time so you don’t burn through the batteries because the rivets happen to touch in storage.
The position of the light on the side and palm works with the natural arm motion cyclists use to signal a turn. The team at Zackees also points out that motorcyclists, joggers and those who walk at night can also be safer while wearing a pair.
The glove works with rechargable batteries, or the coin batteries found at most hardware stores. A single charge will maintain the gloves for up to two months or brief daily cycling (less if you’re training for a triathlon). The gloves are machine washable despite the electrical components.
Vorheis partnered with Murat Mzkan, senior design engineer at Nuvation. They combined Vorhies’ interest in wearable lights with Ozkan’s expertise in designing electronics.
Zackees gloves successfully funded on January 7 of last year, receiving just over twice their funding goal of $70,000. They have delivered the first production run, and sell the gloves for $55 via their website, $65 if you purchase rechargeable batteries.