7 New Features of SmartHalo 2

SmartHalo 2, now live on Kickstarter, has more than 30 improvements over its predecessor. Here are the top 7 improvements you should know about!

1. Introducing PeekDisplay™

An Extra Layer Just For You

PeekDisplay adds a new dimension to SmartHalo. Combined with the signature Halo, it provides all the info you need, while keeping it simple. Display metrics such as speed, distance and elevation or get valuable tidbits such as turn details, weather alerts and incoming caller ID while you ride.

2. Slicker, Lighter, Sturdier

New Lines, Same Rugged Design.

We’ve redrawn SmartHalo to integrate better with your bike’s aerodynamism. We’ve also completely redesigned a new sturdier Anti-theft mount along with a new HaloKey that is thinner and tougher.

3. Swipe Gestures

More Power at Your Fingertips

SmartHalo 2’s new swipe surface gives you more control over your device. Easily swipe between metrics of your choice and trigger predefined shortcuts with tap combinations.

4. Stronger Light

Shine bright like a diamond ♪└|∵|┘♪

SmartHalo 2 sports a completely redesigned, all-powerful front light. It is now a whopping 5x brighter than the original version. In addition, it is compliant with some of the newer, stricter regulations in Europe (we’ve heard you, German friends).

5. Revamped Navigation

Find the Way or Create Your Own

Navigation has been given a general overhaul: more options to customize your routes, GPX import and waypoints. You also get more info while using turn-by-turn navigation to make sure you’re on the right path.

6. Way More Integrations

Connect to What Matters

SmartHalo 2 integrates with more platforms that matter to you. This means you can get incoming notifications (with sender ID) from the apps that you use. But you can also trigger connected objects of your choice thanks to IFTTT support: tap on SmartHalo 2 to open your garage door and turn that Hue Light on at night.

7. Universal Quarter Lock Mount Support

Dock SmartHalo 2 on More Bikes

SmartHalo 2 comes with an Anti-theft mount but it is also compatible with Quarter Turn Mounts. This means you can easily install it on your secondary bike, road bikes, shared bikes or atypical handlebars. It also makes it easier to install SmartHalo on rental bikes when travelling.

 

Like what you see? Find out more on our Kickstarter campaign. Prices there are the lowest they’ll ever be!

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And now we want to share the best we’ve found with you! It also seemed like a good environment to keep you updated on what’s cooking at SmartHalo (and we have big news coming soon).

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The ultimate cycling wishlist: Trust the road in 2019!

Because safety is the number one priority, these clever cycling accessories will allow you to feel more confident on the road and to enjoy all the freedom biking gives us.
So, here are some great gift ideas for yourself or the cyclist on your list to get even better, safer, and cooler rides.

 

Lumos Helmet – The Next Generation Bicycle Helmet

Be Seen, Be Safe
Lumos Helmet is the world’s first bicycle helmet that integrates front and rear lights, hard brake, and turn signals into a single cohesive whole. From now until December 16th, helmets come with a FREE handsome little gift with your order (while stocks last).

Green Monday Special page here


GLINT REFLECTIVE – Light up your bike!

GLINT Reflective decals are a clever way for cyclists to be more visible. Simply stick them on your bike and ride. They work by reflecting the light from incoming cars so they always work when you need them to. GLINT Reflective decals are cut from German made engineering reflective vinyl and are rated to last up to 7 years.

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SmartHalo – The all-in-one clever biking companion

Navigation | Alarm | Light | Fitness | Assistant
SmartHalo is the biking companion which gives you the ultimate freedom. Simply connected to your phone, it enhances your biking experience with intuitive navigation, anti-theft alarm, fitness, automatic light and more…

Gift SmartHalo to the cyclist on your list (or to yourself, your bike deserves it)!
FREE SHIPPING: Order before the 17th to get it in time for Christmas!

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Happy Holidays & Happy Biking!

It’s Here: Strava Integration with SmartHalo!

We’ve been cooking up this one for a little while now and we are excited to share it with you.

Introducing Strava Integration!

You spoke and we listened. Users with a Strava account will now have the ability to send ride data from SmartHalo to Strava. This is the first step to integrating the SmartHalo app with Strava, so look for continuous improvements to the Strava integration.

If you do not have a Strava account you can set one up if you wish to track & share every aspect of your cycling activity in a whole new way. Strava is a leading fitness app that creates a community for those looking to visualize their daily physical activity.

SmartHalo makes Strava even better because it tracks all your rides automatically via the fitness feature, unlike with the Strava app alone. You don’t need to think about it, just ride! This makes it easy to share your biking life with your Strava community (but only if you want to!).  

smarthalo fitness app


How to link your Strava account

First, you’ll need to make sure you download the latest version of the SmartHalo app in the App Store or the Google Play Store (some phones will update apps automatically).

  1. Open the SmartHalo app and click on the profile icon (top left).
  2. Go to the “linked accounts” section in the left tab.
  3. Click on the Strava item.
  4. Click on “Connect to Strava”.
  5. Follow the instruction on the browser window that pops up.
  6. A pop-up notification will appear saying that you have successfully connected to Strava.
  7. The app will navigate to the Strava settings page.
  8. You can change your privacy policy settings in the Strava app if you desire.  
  9. You will now be able to see your rides in Strava! Don’t forget to share the rides with friends!

For a more thorough walkthrough click here

Thank you for helping us grow. Stay tuned for more feature releases and updates to come shortly.

– The SmartHalo Team

 

About Strava
Strava is used by millions of people to record their physical activities, compare performance over time, compete with their community, and share the photos, stories and highlights of their activities with friends.

For more information on all of SmartHalo’s clever features click here. // Interested in purchasing a SmartHalo? Visit our online shop here!

New App Update Fitness: Delete rides

With over 1,057,589 trips logged by our SmartHalo community to date, we felt it was time to give you more control over your rides. This feature release will do just that!

Visualize Individual Rides

In the Fitness tab, you can now see your individual rides per day compared to before when you could only see a cumulative of the rides that you completed that day.

Delete Individual Rides

As part of that change you will also be able to delete individual rides that you may not want to include in your stats.

This gives you more control and a better overview of the metrics that matter to you and the individual rides that you take.

How do I use these new features?

Simple!

First, you’ll need to make sure you download the latest version of the app in the “App Store” or “Google Play Store” (some phones will update apps automatically).

Second, go into the Fitness tab of the SmartHalo app and select “Past”. You can now see the number of rides you made that day. Select a specific date to see your individual rides that day.

Lastly, deleting rides will depend on your device OS

  • iOS: Swipe left to delete the ride or tap the Edit button in the upper right corner which enables ride deletion by clicking the minus sign that appears.
  • Android: Tap the red X next to the ride you would like to delete.   

smarthalo fitness
We hope you enjoy this update. Stay tuned for more updates – coming soon!

– The SmartHalo Team

New App Release: Bike Horn, Clock & Quick Touch

What time is it? It’s time for new SmartHalo features! This one’s good, we’ve got a bunch comin’ your way.

Speaking of time…

We just made it way easier to stay on schedule with a new “Clock” feature. Stop being late with the help of a clock you can display with a short tap on your SmartHalo. Gone are the days of pulling out your phone constantly to check the time.

SmartHalo integrated bike clock

 

Beep beep – Watch out! The Horn is finally here.

Yes, you heard that right. You now have a built in horn right at your fingertips. Simply long tap once on your SmartHalo to honk your way to a safer cycling experience.

Bike Bell

 

But that’s not all… Introducing Quick Touch.

Trigger actions (that could previously only be done through the app) directly through SmartHalo’s touch screen surface with Quick Touch. Want to navigate home? 3 short taps on SmartHalo and you’re good to go! Want to switch from Turn-by-turn to Compass navigation? Easy: 3 long taps. The brand new clock and horn features are also triggered with their own sequence.

Quick Touch Navigation

The best part? You can customize which tap combinations trigger each action. View and customize them within the Assistant tab.

SmartHalo Bike Assistant

 

To make sure these features are easy to use, we’ve also improved touch feedback: you’ll now hear a subtle sound when you tap and you’ll be able to view the touch sequence you’ve just input, even when connected.

How do I get these sweet new features?

Easy, just follow these 2 steps:

  1. Make sure you download the latest version of the app in the App or Google Play store (some phones will update apps automatically).
  2. Once that’s done, install the latest version of the firmware. You’ll need to be connected to SmartHalo to do it. Just tap on the top right icon (you’ll see a red notification dot appear on your SmartHalo icon) and tap on “New firmware update”. The update takes 5 minutes max!


We hope you enjoy these new features and improvements. Big thanks to everyone who has provided feedback: SmartHalo keeps getting better and better thanks to you. Stay tuned for more updates!

New App Release: Alternate Routes

When suggesting a path, SmartHalo always tries to find the route that strikes the best balance between safety, distance and speed. This being said, a single path can’t always be the best option, so today we are happy to announce Alternate Routes!

After updating to the latest version of the app, you will notice that when you search for a destination, you will now be given more than one option (unless there is only one logical path available). Not only can you tap directly on the path you prefer, but you can also open up the Alternate Paths menu up top to have a one-word description of each of those.

Want to make sure you’ll get to your date on time? Choose the fastest option that might make you bike more on faster streets. Feel like riding safely to your destination on mostly bike paths? Choose the safest option. Want to avoid hills to not break a sweat? Choose the flattest path. You can also choose the recommended path, which strikes a balance between all of those. The Alternate Paths menu will also indicate how much time each route takes. And once you select a path type, it’ll always default to that selection in the future.

We hope you like this update to the Navigation feature. A few of you have also asked for the addition of waypoints, we are working on that as well (plus other treats!). Stay tuned!

SmartHalo | Year in Review

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10 Original Gift Ideas for Cyclists

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to get your hands on that perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. We’ve put together a list of some great options for all kinds of two wheeler enthusiasts.

https://theartifox.com/collections/artifacts/products/rack-oak

ARTIFOX – $199

Calling all design lovers! This vertical bike rack adds a nice touch of decor to any room making it both functional and pleasant to look at. It’s perfect for any urbanite cyclist looking to make use of their decor and to display their passion.

Check it out >

 

LUMOS HELMET – $199

The world’s first smart bike helmet is here to improve cycling safety with an elegant fusion of design and engineering. Reclaim your confidence of riding with city traffic or poorly lit neighborhoods. This holiday season, Lumos wants to give you even more of a reason to put your safety first by offering 15% off with code LUMOSHALO15.

Check it out >

 

TWO WHEEL GEAR | PANNIER BACKPACK – $129 to $169

Designed for biking to work, patrolling campus and getting caught in unexpected adventures. These Pannier BackPacks are perfect for commuters who are on the move and need to carry items with ease and comfort. Also, check out their Garment Panniers which are designed to carry your clothes wrinkle-free along with your other daily carrying needs. Did we mention they are water resistant?

Check it out >

 

SIX PACK BIKE CADDY – $70

Fyxation’s leather beer caddy is the perfect companion for a night out on your bike. And if you’re a fan of other beverages, no worries: they’ve got you covered there as well. This is a great fun gift and conversation starter to add to any bike.

Check it out >

 

MUSGUARD FENDERS – $18

Musguard is smart and elegant protection for riding on wet and muddy roads. Efficient, lightweight, completely removable and compact it features no mounts or extra parts to mess your bikes’ aesthetics.

Check it out >

 

BITLOCK – $129

Even locking up your bike is getting easier thanks to the BitLock. Unlock your bike with your phone without even having to reach your pocket. Simply walk up to your bike and press a button on BitLock to lock/unlock in less than a second.

Check it out >

 

GLINT REFLECTIVE BIKE STICKERS – $13

Glint Reflective stickers are a great stylish addition to any and all night riders out there. One of the most important things for cyclists is to be seen. Glint helps others see cyclists riding to make it easier to share the road or bike path.

Check it out >

 

THOUSAND HELMETS – $85

If you’re looking for a stylish alternative to the traditional helmet, then Thousand Helmets got you covered. These trendy helmets will keep your fashion game strong all the while keeping you safe. There goes one excuse not to wear a helmet while riding.

Check it out >

 

PROVIZ REFLECTIVE JACKET – $70 to $150

Glow at night with the powerful reflective abilities of the Proviz reflective jacket line. With a great selection, it isn’t hard to pick out that perfect style to keep you visible. This sportswear is also super versatile and can be used for any activity!

Check it out >

 

VIBRELLI MINI PUMP – $20

This handy bike pump easily fits just about anywhere and can save you from ever being stranded on your two wheeler. Daily riders would benefit from coming prepared with this easy to use pump and patch kit.

Check it out >

 

BONUS

SMARTHALO – $149

Oh come on… You really think we wouldn’t have recommend our own device? For real though, it makes for a truly awesome Christmas gift!

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New app release: Navigation updates

Greetings from Montreal!

We have just released a new version of the SmartHalo app and we’re really excited to share with you various improvements we’ve made to a core part of the SmartHalo experience: Navigation.

Navigation, either to discover your city or to get around, is a huge part of how you use SmartHalo. The new improvements we are announcing today should make your experience even more enjoyable:

Better search

This one’s a game changer: we now use Google Search and it is a-MA-zing. Just try searching for anything you can think of. Odds are, you’ll now find it.

Google Maps Tiles and Points of Interests

We now use the beautiful Google Map tiles for our map display, which means you’ll feel right at home if you use Google Maps regularly (we know you do 🙃 ). When zooming in, you’ll now see that favorite restaurant of yours or that new bistro that just opened a few months ago. Simply tap on these places and SmartHalo will plot a course to that destination. Pretty neat, right?

Improved Directions

We now have an improved directions algorithm. We’re constantly improving it, but it should now provide much better paths than before. This being said, we know that there can’t always be one best path that fits every use case… so yes, we are working on providing alternative paths. Expect them in an upcoming release!

Better Favourites Management

New in iOS: you can now see your favorites on the map (and you can tap on them to plot a course). You can also delete them using the “+” menu in the navigation screen. Don’t worry if you’re an Android user, it’s been in your app for a while!

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We truly hope you will enjoy this new release as much as we do.

As always, keep providing us with your precious feedback, as we are constantly working to improve SmartHalo. Remember, this started as a humble Kickstarter project, we know there is room for improvement. With your help, we believe we can become the best smart biking device there is!