Augur, an Australian company, just started a new Kickstarter project for their Wolf light. It’s built using CREE LEDs, machined aluminum and a silicone casing and is dubbed a “collective safety cycling light.” It works by sensing your place in a pack (get it, Wolf Pack?) and adjusting intensity based on whether you’re leading out, sitting in or bringing up the rear.
When you consider yourself a one man wolf pack, the brightness high and available in a steady or blink pattern (see or be seen). When your wolf pack grows, and you’re riding around in the desert together, the brightness adjusts based on your position in the peloton. The lights communicate with each other so it knows if another Wolf is behind you rather than just a car, so it won’t dim when drivers are coming up from behind. But when it’s a fellow wolf, the tail light dims significantly so it doesn’t distract or blind them. Once you’re at the tail end or OTB, it’ll immediately come back up to full brightness.
The Wolf light is easily recharged via an included USB cable. It seems pretty versatile since it gives you the ability to ride alone or in a pack while ensuring you have the light you need in either situation. It’s made of highly recyclable materials, too, so when it’s time, you can rest easy the cycle of life will continue rather than ending up in a landfill. The Wolf is estimated to ship in March 2015 at a price of $160. However, if you get in on the early special, you can get it for $140. Check out their Kickstarter here.