Do a mashup of a GPS, Pebble watch, Fitbit, bike light and car alarm, and you've got some pretty smart and chic tech for your urban ride.
The Montreal-based CycleLabs has crowdfunded the Smarthalo, a handlebar-mounted device that pairs with your iPhone or Android to make your bike a little smarter.
Plug in your destination on your smartphone app, and Smarthalo uses its coloured lights to show you where to make the next turn (or turn around if you missed it). It tracks your usual bike motion metrics (time, speed, distance, and tosses in elevation), and reports the calories burned on the ride. It also alerts you to incoming messages on your smartphone, has a built-in 200-lumen headlight that powers up when you're riding in darkness and powers down when you stop riding (or when it's light, for you night riders), and a bike alarm that emits a noxious howl to unnerve potential thieves.
Battery life is estimated at three weeks, and it's rechargeable by USB. Because it's paired with your smartphone, it only activates when your smartphone approaches (so don't lose the phone!).
There's a very convincing video on the Smarthalo website. The $150 USD for a Smarthalo might deter some, but this isn't a lot more than a decent bicycle computer and headlight combined, if you're planning on a new bike or (like me) have to replace both after they got knocked around over the winter while in storage (grumble, grumble).
Smarthalo is planning to ship in June, although the Kickstarter backers will be getting theirs sooner.