Velco releases new 'Wink Bar' smart handlebar

Wink Bar is a connected, simple to install handlebar that aims to make travelling by bike safer.
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Wink Bar is a connected, simple to install handlebar that aims to focus on the safety elements of travelling by bicycle.

Suitable for every type of bicycle, the handlebars combine headlights for road visibility with GPS, which allows for both turn-by-turn navigation and anti-theft capabilities.

The Wink Bar is available in two models, Flat and Urban; both provide an all-in-one solution for bike riders by addressing the main problems cyclists face such as road safety, with integrated automatic 225 lumen headlights, navigation – the handlebars connect to an app and once you’ve set a destination – two separate lights that navigate the user providing left, right, forward and backward signals and risk of theft as Wink will notify the user when their bike is moved without their knowledge.

Users can unlock the Wink Bar using its built-in Bluetooth and the phone app, or through their personal VelcoTag – an RFID fob provided with each handlebar. The Wink Bar’s tracking feature is automatic and provides worldwide coverage. The app also allows cyclists to track and access their ride history, showing a breakdown of stats such as money saved versus driving, distance and duration of travel, as well as the calories burned.

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CMO at Velco, the makers of Wink Bar Johnny Smith commented: “We created the Wink Bar to give cyclists the ability to make their bike rides safer and smarter. Rather than something you have to attach to your bike, we wanted to make it an integrated part of the bike’s design.

“That way, the alarm is always protecting your bike and our inbuilt navigation tool – VelcoNav – is always there to guide you, whilst the headlights are there to keep you safe on the road. We’re so pleased to finally be launching the Wink Bar, and see it revolutionise the way riders from around the world cycle.”

Wink Bar is available to back on Indiegogo here.

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