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by Shane Stokes
October 14, 2017
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After two successful Kickstarter campaigns, See.Sense has once again taken to the popular crowdfunding platform to produce its next light, dubbed the ACE. More than 1,000 backers have already pledged to the new campaign, paying £40 for a set of ACE lights to bypass See.Sense’s funding goal of £30,000 in less than 24 hours.
The ACE builds upon the features that have come to define the Irish company’s intelligent lights, such as the Icon, with a smaller, smarter, and cheaper package. At 35g, the ACE is almost half the weight of the Icon (64g) yet it enjoys a 46% increase in processing capabilities while producing 125 lumens for 10 hours. And according to See.Sense’s forecasts, it will sell for half the price of the Icon (~£33).
See.Sense refers to the new processing power of the ACE as artificial intelligence, promising the light will adapt to each rider’s unique riding style to maximise visibility, day and night. Like the Icon, the ACE will use a system of onboard sensors to monitor road, light, and traffic conditions, and adjust the output of the light to suit. However, the bump in processing capabilities means that the ACE will be able to adapt its brightness and flashing patterns to the surrounding conditions much faster than the Icon.
Another upgrade for the ACE comes in the form of ANT-connectivity that will allow owners to integrate the light with Garmin’s EDGE devices. The ACE will also feature Bluetooth-connectivity for pairing to a smartphone app that will provide information on battery run time, anti-theft protection, crash notifications, and manual adjustments for the light. Owners will also be able see the data that is collected on road conditions and the behaviour of the bike.
It is the latter that will be important to See.Sense’s smart cities program. The company believes that the data collected by the ACE can be used to improve city planning for cyclists by providing real-time information on the routes that are being used and the conditions that are being experienced, but it will leave the final decision on anonymously sharing the data in the hands of the owner.
According to See.Senses’s production timeline, the company expects to start shipping the ACE to backers in June 2018. For more information, visit See.Sense, and to make a pledge, visit Kickstarter.