Navigating directions on Google maps while speeding on your bicycle can sometimes be a tricky maneuver. London-based Onomo has launched a new compass that utilizes the GPS functions in your smart phone to get you where you need to go without distracting you. The new Haize compass simply points to the direction you should be riding with colored LED lights using navigation data from your smart phone.
Cycling across a city while trying to avoid cars, other cyclists and pedestrians is a feat even for the most skilled bike rider. Getting out your phone to navigate to a new location in addition to navigating the bustle of the streets can turn a casual journey treacherous.
The aluminum and glass Haize bicycle compass fits right on your handle bars like a bell. The glassy surface illuminates with colored LEDs, indicating the direction the bicyclist should take to reach their final destination. Synced in with the Haize smartphone app, the user can simply set their destination point before taking off on their journey.
With the destination locked in, the bicyclist is free to change up his or her route should their be heavy traffic or a steep incline. With each turn, the compass recalibrates, and points to the destination. Once you get where you’re going, the compass can slip off and be carried in your pocket to prevent theft. The Haize’s battery lasts about two weeks, and can be easily recharged via USB.
The Haize is currently available through Onomo’s Kickstarter campaign.