Monocle: The App That Turns Your iPhone into a Bike Light

Monocle: The App That Turns Your iPhone into a Bike Light

Bethany Seawright
Sep 14, 2012

Riding your bike is a great way to get exercise and help the environment at the same time. Unfortunately, it can be perilous if cyclists and drivers do not practice safety and consideration. This is especially true at night. That's where Monocle comes in.

Monocle is a new app, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, that turns any iPhone 5, 4 or 4s into a bike light in a flash. The product consists of two components — a holder that attaches to your belt, backpack or u-lock, and an app that controls the frequency of your flash and monitors its battery use. The holder features a red filter that slides over your phone, turning your existing flash function into a pulsing beacon of safety. It fits "naked" phones or those with a slim, hard case and has a reflective strip for extra visual precaution.

The app features a battery life estimation tool that allows you to enter the anticipated duration of your ride and receive a suggested flash frequency appropriate to the length of that ride. You can also see at a glance the impact its use will have on your battery life. The application will even alert you when your battery is running low.

Monocle allows you to ride safely at night, using a product you already own. And unlike traditional bike lights, it's designed to stay with you, eliminating the concern that it could be stolen when your bike is parked. The retail price has not been finalized, but it's anticipated that Monocle would sell for approximately $15.

What do you think of this product? Would you like to see it go into production?

More Info: Monocle | Kickstarter

(Images: Monocle)

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