Impulse Jackets will be introduced at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida next week, but Chris Esposito, co-founder of the start-up company, sent me some info and photos of their new jackets incorporating LED brake lights and turn signals that connect wirelessly to your bike's existing lights.
After Chris had a close encounter with an SUV one foggy day, he figured getting your brake and turn signal indicators up high would be a great idea, but where do you put them? After a year of development they came up with these high quality jackets with everything built in.
We mentioned a similar idea here a few years ago when someone developed a LilyPad Arduino kit for putting big indicator lights into your jacket, but it was pretty basic, needed manual activation and you had to sew the lights in yourself. These jackets are much more high tech.
They will work with your lights whether you have standard bulbs or LEDs. The battery that powers the LEDs lasts for six days of normal use and can be recharged easily by just plugging the jacket into the charger.
We're already seeing airbags incorporated into jackets, lights seem to be a natural addition. A lot of guys might hesitate to wear jackets with lights, thinking they would look pretty nerdy, but these look perfectly normal, the LED strips almost look like reflective tape. The jackets themselves are made by Syed Leathers in Orlando, a company with experience making leather racing suits so you could expect these jackets to deliver great visibility along with the protection of any high quality leather jacket.
Link: Impulse Jackets