Read all about it here: Australian Designed Fibre Optic Bike Light wins EuroBike Award 2009
Melbourne based product development company A.L.L Innovations Pty Ltd (Applied Linear Light) has been awarded the highly competitive Eurobike Award 09' for its unique, highly innovative fibre optic bicycle tail light known as Fibre FlareTM.
Open to designers and manufactures worldwide, the Eurobike Award is organised and endorsed by the International Forum Design, Hannover (iF). The annual award is held as part of the Eurobike Trade Show in Germany which is largest International Bicycle Trade Exhibition in the world. The Eurobike Award is given to products that demonstrate excellence in design, quality and functionality.
The Eurobike Award is split into 18 distinct categories; of which Fibre FlareTM has been awarded in the ‘Electronic Components/Components' category.
Fibre FlareTM will now compete against the other awarded products for the overall honors in its category, known as the Eurobike GOLD Award 09'. The Eurobike GOLD Award winners will be announced at the Eurobike Award ceremony at 6pm on the 2nd of September 09' during the Eurobike Show held in Friedrichshafen Germany between the 2nd to the 5th of Septemebr 09'.
WHAT IS Fibre FlareTM ?
Fibre FlareTM is all about side visibility and being seen when you need it most... A new take on the trusty LED bike lights that we've all grown to love and rely on.. LED bike lights have been around for almost 10 years now and have changed very little.. Some say when you find a good thing stick to it.. we say.. why not make it better..? Regular bike lights light up brightly in a one primary direction (uni-directional).. and generally work well for traffic approaching from behind you.. but what about traffic coming from the side and other angles?
Fibre FlareTM uses high intensity LED's to illuminate a flexible fibre optic core that lights up all around in every direction (Omni-Directional) which can be seen at distances over 300 meters. The advantages of omni-directional visibility for lighted safety are many; with statistics showing over 70% of cycling accidents involving cars at night happening from a side impact. Fibre FlareTM aims to address this statistic and improve cyclist safety by allowing the cyclists to be seen from all angles and directions rather than just from the front or rear.
The Fibre FlareTM tail light is a world first in bicycle safety lighting, in more ways than one; The world's first truly Omni-Directional bike light and the world's first Fibre Optic bike light. We also claim Fibre FlareTM to be the world's most versatile and most stylish bike light available today.
THE TECHNICAL SIDE... of Fibre FlareTM
Fibre FlareTM is linear in form, flexible by nature and is a fully self-contained battery operated bicycle light. It has a 165mm length of solid core side emitting fibre optic (flexible with a 10mm outer diameter) interposed between two sleek water resistant electronic controller ends (75hrs burn time on flashing program using 2 x AAA). Inside each of the opposing electronic ends is a high intensity LED which illuminates the fibre optic length from each end, the fibre optic then distributes the LED light evenly along its length to produce a high intensity omni-directional light output visible from almost any direction at distances over 300 meters (has constant or flashing programs).
Fibre FlareTM is also highly effective when riding in group/bunch rides, as its omni-directional glow will not intrusively blind the cyclists behind, unlike uni-directional bike lights that can blind the cyclists behind you with their high intensity focused beams of light,
Fibre FlareTM Style.. On the bike.. On the body...Fibre FlareTM Being linear in nature just like a bike frame, Fibre FlareTM looks amazing on the bike... in fact, in some cases it almost looks a part of the bike... It is easily fastened to the frame using its realisably attachable silicone slings and fits almost anywhere... on the rear stay, seat post, top tube etc.
As well as on the bike frame, Fibre FlareTM comes equipped with integral fabric clips at each end which allows it to be worn almost anywhere on the body, jersey, backpack, jeans, jacket etc.
For more on Fibre FlareTM see: www.fibreflare.com
ABOUT A.L.L Innovations Pty Ltd
Founded in 2003 by entrepreneur inventor Xavier Jablonski A.L.L Innovations Pty Ltd (Applied Linear Light) specialises in the design and development of products incorporating side emissive fibre optics in combination with electronic LED drivers. Past products developed by A.L.L Innovations Pty Ltd include toys, apparel, consumer electronics and illuminated fibre optic signage.
For more on A.L.L Innovations Pty Ltd see: www.allinnovations.com
iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. and
iF International Forum Design GmbH
For over fifty years iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. has had its roots at the Hannover exhibition center. Launched in 1953 as the "Special Show for Well-designed Industrial Goods", this registered association - as indicated by the German abbreviation "e.V." - was expanded in 2001 to include a new operating arm: iF International Forum Design GmbH. This organization is now responsible for all iF business areas - above all for staging the renowned iF award competitions.
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