FAST light: smarter than your average cyclist?

Bluetooth enabled tail light seeks crowdfunding

Just launched on Kickstarter, the FAST light is a Bluetooth enabled LED tail light that can change colours, detect crashes and act as an anti-theft device. Aiming to raise US$20,000, the smart light should begin shipping in November if successfully funded.

The 30-lumen smart tail light’s flashing patterns, and the colours emitted through its RGB LED’s are customisable through a smartphone app — available on Android and IOS. While the option to change the flashing pattern is sure to get attention, in some countries the law dictates a tail light must be red, so this feature may cause more trouble than it solves.

Like the ICEdot and Skylock, if the FAST light’s internal motion sensors and accelerometers detect and impact, the light will send a notification to a pre-nominated emergency contact; though there’s no mention of whether a notification or countdown is triggered on the rider’s phone to prevent false alarms. 

Still in beta testing the fast light app will be available for android and ios upon release: still in beta testing the fast light app will be available for android and ios upon release
Still in beta testing the fast light app will be available for android and ios upon release: still in beta testing the fast light app will be available for android and ios upon release

The FAST light app controls all the lights functions

The FAST light app also features an anti-theft mode, similar to the Fly12. If the bike is ‘locked’ through the app and then detects movement, an alert is sent to the Bluetooth connected device (connected device must be within range).

Utilising a photosensor the light’s ISO mode evaluates ambient light, and automatically turns on as it gets dark.

Claimed to be waterproof and dustproof, the FAST light comes in three colours, and has a claimed battery life of; 10-hours on ‘solid mode,’ 60-hours on ‘flashing mode’ and 60-days in ‘standby mode. It runs off a USB rechargable Lithium Polymer battery.

Through the fast light app, the flashing pattern and colour of the rgb led's can be customised: through the fast light app, the flashing pattern and colour of the rgb led's can be customised
Through the fast light app, the flashing pattern and colour of the rgb led's can be customised: through the fast light app, the flashing pattern and colour of the rgb led's can be customised

Now every component on your bike can have a Bluetooth connection

Carl Qin from FAST light told BikeRadar, “We have a working sample and are in the tooling stage. The apps are in beta and we plan for both iOS and Android at launch time.”

The Chinese startup says the light can be used as bedside night light/alarm clock as well as a light for photography, although we’re not sure many will utilise these  off bike features.

Already a quarter of the way there, if successfully funded, the FAST light will retail for US$39. For more info or to back the project, visit the FAST light’s Kickstarter page.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
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  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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