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Aster is a bicycle backpack that keeps you safe

Cycling is a great way to get around – it’s cheap, good for you, and good for the environment. If only it wasn’t so dangerous.

This backpack aims to make it much safer. It’s called Aster, and it has lights built-in to make you much more visible at night.

No fewer than 16 LED lights make sure you’re seen. But that’s not all. It also has an indicator on either side, so other road users will know which way you’re about to turn without you taking your hand off the handlebars. A brake light turns out automatically when you hit the brakes too, so again, you can concentrate on keeping control of your bike.

It also has reflectors for during the day, a holder for your helmet and u-lock, a laptop pocket and detachable shoe pouch.

LED lights are also built into the bag’s shoulder straps to act as front lights. So you’ll be visible to anyone in front of you too.

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You can control the light settings and check how much battery life is left using the smartphone app. Attach the accelerometer to the handlebars, and you’ll be notified if your bike is moved, too.

It’s over halfway to its $50,000 funding goal and still has 20 days to go. You can pick one up for $99 (£70). If successful, it will ship in December.


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