Cyclists often use GoPros as their helmet-based dash cams, but Epman’s new camera takes safety to another level with a system that includes a number of useful features, including electronic rearview mirrors.
At the heart of the Epman Seeker R1 system is a 4K action camera called the Seeker One, which you mount under your saddle to view the rear. It sits inside the Seeker Smart Tail Light, which automatically turns on when it gets dark and has a 35-lumen mode as well as a 50-lumen rapid flashing mode to save battery.
But perhaps the two neatest features of the Sikar R1 are its anti-collision laser bike lanes and the ability to give you a rearview mirror to check behind you occasionally. The former uses lasers to project virtual bike lanes onto the road, ensuring drivers give you a wide berth. Early photos suggest that it will form a fairly narrow lane, but hopefully it will be possible to make changes manually.
Thanks to the ‘Go Ape’ companion app (we wonder if that might change the name, if the outdoor adventure company notices), you can even get a view of the road behind you, assuming your The phone is mounted on the handlebar. Naturally, you’ll want to keep your eye on the road most of the time, but if you’re concerned about an approaching truck, it can be useful to have a quick glance.
The app also includes an ‘SR Sense Mode’, which Epman says will serve up basic ride data like your speed, mileage and the inclination of the road you’re on. Epman says the Seeker R1 mount also comes with its own 5,000mAh battery, which can be recharged simultaneously with the camera inside.
There’s no pricing or availability information for the Apeman Seeker R1 yet, but the company says it will be available on Kickstarter in late January.
Analysis: A neat all-in-one concept for bicycle safety
Many of the Epman Seeker R1’s personal safety features aren’t brand new, but it’s interesting to see an action camera combine them into one useful system.
The idea of laser bike lanes goes back almost a decade, and many rear lights of the likes of Lezine include them as an option. A traditional, handlebar-mounted rear-view mirror also arguably makes more practical sense than using a combination of your phone and an action camera.
But Epman has noticed a gap that isn’t currently filled by any GoPro accessories, and if you’re after a cycling-specific action cam whose main priority is safety rather than capturing epic downhill biking video, it’s a Kickstarter campaign. Maybe that’s worth watching at the end of the month.
We’ve been impressed with the value offered by Epman action cameras before; The now-discontinued Apeman A100 was previously at the top of our guide to the best cheap action cameras. And the company’s new Seeker sub-brand will offer a range of options, including the Seeker F1 case with 150-lumen lighting that turns on automatically even in the dark, as well as its dual-screen Seeker One camera. Also includes the option to buy on your own. ,
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