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.   

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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.

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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!

SmartHalo Entering Apple Stores

Hi fellow cyclists,

We have a big announcement today: SmartHalo will be sold in Apple stores in North America.

What started out as an idea 3 years ago will now be sold in one of the most prestigious tech stores around the world. This is great for many reasons:

  • This is going to make the product even better. We are a feedback-driven company. As more and more cyclists get their hands on SmartHalo, we will gather more valuable insights on how we can continually improve the software and firmware that drives SmartHalo. We even received some precious tips from Apple on how to improve the experience.
  • This exposes SmartHalo to a whole new crowd. Lots of cyclists don’t know about SmartHalo yet. This will provide a new venue for those people to discover us as it will be sold in Apple stores and on Apple’s online store. In the end, if more people with more SmartHalo devices on their bikes can also convince more people to bike safer, we all win.
  • Apple has pretty high standards for the products it sells in its stores. Being considered as a device worthy of selling next to iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches is an honour we couldn’t be more proud of.

As we let that sink in, we want to take a moment to thank all of our Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers who have helped us turn our vision into a product thousands of people use to make their bike rides safer and more fun.

This adventure has led us to many new places since its modest beginnings. We have learned so much during this journey and have yet much to learn. Going from web sales to retail is a new milestone in SmartHalo’s history.

We’re happy to have you along for the ride.

Sincerely,

-The SmartHalo Team

New Feature: Compass mode

Right off the heels of last week’s App release that included Navigation and Bluetooth improvements, we’re happy to share another cool feature this week: Compass mode!

Compass mode is for when only the destination matters. Once active, SmartHalo simply points you towards your destination instead of giving precise turn-by-turn directions. How you get there is entirely up to you. As you get closer to your destination, the pointer progressively turns greener.  

To turn compass mode on, simply tap on the gear icon in the navigation tab. Use that same menu to flip back to turn-by-turn. You can even switch mid-ride. We’ve already found some new paths we would’ve never had even taken otherwise using Compass mode. We hope this feature will help you rediscover your city as well!

Improved Fitness Tracking Start Mechanism

This release also includes a fitness tracking refinement. From now on, if you walk besides your bike, fitness tracking won’t track it; it only starts when you actually start riding fast enough. It’ll also filter out the end of your ride if you walk a few meters. No more low average speeds!

Make sure you have the latest release by updating your app to the latest version. Have a fun ride! 

-The SmartHalo Team

New App Release: Improved Navigation and Bluetooth

The beauty with connected devices is that we can always update the software and firmware on your phones and devices to improve your riding experience. We’re constantly working to improve the way SmartHalo works based on your feedback. Here’s what’s new in version 1.4.2 (iOS) and 1.4.0 (Android) of the app, available now on both iOS and Android.

Improved Turn-by-turn animations

We’ve added new patterns to SmartHalo’s light circle which helps it show more sophisticated instructions.

Quick turns

When there are quick turns in succession, SmartHalo will queue the turn signals to make sure you don’t miss the second turn. This helps navigation tremendously, as you are aware of next upcoming turn when they are close to each other. The second turn is the smallest one; once you complete the first turn, the second turn turns into a regular turn.

Roundabouts

Roundabouts are pretty common in Europe. It turns out that having a circular interface is pretty handy when needing to display which exit to take. When arriving at a roundabout, SmartHalo simply mimics the roundabout and its multiple exits. Simply take the exit in green!

Improved bluetooth connection

Some users have reported having some funky Bluetooth connectivity between their phones and SmartHalo. We’re continuously working on improving this and this version brings a slew of improvements on this front.

On both iOS and Android, users will see that connections are faster and more reliable than before. Also, disconnections happen way less so you shouldn’t have any issues while riding.

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As always, keep giving us feedback so we can continuously improve SmartHalo! We have a pretty cool feature coming for next release, stay tuned.

 

 

Latest Shipping Update

Hi Everyone!

We are happy to announce that all Kickstarter units have been shipped!

SmartHalo units shipping

Now we will now be moving on to website pre-orders (Yay, it’s your turn!). These units will be fulfilled throughout the month of August & September. If you ordered from our website recently, you can expect your items to ship in the first week of October. That being said, check your email from time to time as your tracking number will appear there shortly.

We sincerely understand your frustration for having to wait to receive your SmartHalo. We are as emotionally involved as you are in this process and want you to know that our focus has always been on making sure that it’s a quality product that ends up in your hands.

For those of you who have already received your device, we are so happy to be receiving your important comments and feedback.

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