Turn Your Bike Rims into Running Lights: Aura and Revo

Project Aura: Bicycle Safety Lighting System from Project AURA on Vimeo.

If you're tired of regular ol' bike lights, and appreciate a clever verb, check out these two ideas for illuminating your bike on the road, via the rims. One is called the Aura system, the other is called Revolights. Not only do they look cool, they allow you to be seen from the side, instead of just the front and back with traditional bike lights. Safe and sharp at the same time. According to Gizmag: Aura comes from two industrial design sophomores at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, using six groups of three tri-color LEDs powered by a dynamo generator. The design won an international Core77 award for helping address the issue of nightime bicycling accidents.

Revolights are the brainchild of a California inventor. They're similar to Aura, with two assemblies fitted with eight LEDs, powered by lithium-ion battery packs.

Gizmag has additional pics and info. The Revolights inventor and two partners are trying to raise money to take the idea to market via Kickstarter. As of this writing, he has more than $26,000 pledged toward a $43,500 goal. Who wants one? $220 is the expected price.

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