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Over a year ago I already got you SmartHalo vorgestellt. The combination device consisting of bike navigation, fitness monitor, light and alarm system is the modern version of a bike computer. Due to the popularity of the product, the makers continued to work on it and introduced the second generation via Kickstarter. The SmartHalo 2 was supported in just 36 hours with over 400% of the actual financing target. Worldwide delivery is scheduled for the end of 2019. SmartHalo 2 will be available in German retail from December 2019 at an expected price of 139 euros.
Converted to just under € 50.000 with the Kickstarter campaign to the SmartHalo 2. At the time this article went to press, it was € 715.220. This can drive development forward and ultimately make the bike accessories even better than expected. The innovations currently aimed for include the following:
On the basis of Google Maps and its navigation options, SmartHalo 2 is fed with the necessary navigation information. All you have to do is bring a smartphone with mobile data usage and pair it with the device beforehand. Then, according to the Kickstarter page linked above, different routes can be selected to the selected destination. For example, you can choose the safest or the fastest route. You can also choose whether you want to avoid hills - i.e. inclines. It should also be possible to select bike paths as a priority. In addition, a number of other features should be able to be used: weather warning, coupling with smart home actions, output of horn or bell noises, etc.
Before you can buy the SmartHalo 2 at the end of 2019, you can view pictures, videos and animations of the new functionalities on the Kickstarter page linked above. There you will also find a note that the fitness data of the device can be imported into Apple Health. If you use Android, you can integrate it into Google Health. The alarm will also be on board to protect against theft. With the new generation of devices, this can not only be deactivated via smartphone, but also via a tap code on the touch display.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.