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Check out this black box for bike riders

Device hooks up to handlebars and records ride in stunning clarity

Full-time mechanical engineer, part-time bike rider Cedric Bosch has put together a nifty little product that’s currently kicking ass on Kickstarter. It’s called “Rideye” and it is, more or less, a black box for bike riders that sits atop the handlebars, right next to your ultra-durable Bluetooth speaker (of course).

Bosch worked on the project for a little over a year before settling on the present design. He was initially inspired to create it after his close friend was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run bike accident last year. Rideye has the capability of capturing video footage that the authorities can use to identify these hit-and-run d-bags and bring them to justice.

Rideye is quickly approaching its target goal of $32,000 and was listed as one of the hottest items on Kickstarter the other day.

And for good reason – the specs on this thing are amazing. It’s 1″ x 1.5″ x 3″ and weighs just 185g. Despite being so small, it captures video in 80 x 720 resolution, using a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The device includes a crash-detection sensor, turns on with the push of one button, includes a 6,800 mAh Panasonic Lithium-Ion battery pack, 8 Gb internal memory (2.5 hours of video) and standard Mini-USB connector.

See it in action below:

With the campaign already achieving its $32,000 goal on Kickstarter, Bosch will take the product into production this fall, with the goal being to get Rideye shipments out by November / December’ish.

Rideye is available for $99 to Kickstarter backers. Once it goes into production, it’ll retail for $149.

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