Interbike 2015: POC lights up night with prototype vest

Apparel utilizes printed light technology to increase visibility

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As plainly seen in the video above, POC is attempting to take night ride safety to a whole new level. The Swedish company has partnered with Light Flex Technology to examine new and innovative ways to keep cyclists visible.

The light seen here is what is known as an independent active light as opposed to the traditional passive reflective technology used on most bike apparel. It’s called printed light technology, which can be incorporated into any wearable item to increase visibility. The patented technology is light, flexible, washable, and can be printed on complex shapes without compromising comfort or aesthetics (as long as you are okay with a big glowing circle on your back).

The patented technology is light, flexible, washable, and can be printed on complex shapes.

The patented technology is light, flexible, washable, and can be printed on complex shapes (click to enlarge).

The garment seen here has a swath of luminous dots that emit a bright blue light. It runs on a small rechargeable battery that’s stowed inside a zippered rear pocket. It’s all a product of POC’s in-house team known as POC AID, whose mission includes looking for ways to use digital technology to support rider safety. The vest is currently undergoing testing and remains in the prototype stage with a 2016 launch date.

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This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • TAS says:

    Why do cycling apparel manufacturers, who are obviously concerned with visibility, insist on making their clothes black? Day or night, a black vest will make you harder to see than a hi viz fabric color.

  • stephen says:

    Research shows that it is not the light or dark quality of the clothing that matters but the contrast with the background. Dark works when the background is light and light when the background is dark.

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