GoPro may be the undisputed king when it comes to action cams, but that hasn’t stopped the droves of manufacturers from descending on the floor of CES 2015 with their HD devices in-hand. Cycliq is one among many, yet its ability to combine traditional bike lights with HD video cameras also renders it one of the brightest ideas around.
The company’s two bike cams, dubbed the Fly6 and Fly12, are designed to alleviate common woes bicyclist face on the daily. The Fly6, successfully funded on Kickstarter last year, is the first of the two offerings. The compact device emits 30 lumens of light and records up to six hours of video at 720p, automatically looping video footage whenever necessary. The built-in nanotechnology also makes it waterproof, allowing you to bike under the wettest conditions without fear of malfunctioning.
The Fly12, on the other hand, is intended for the front your bike. It quickly mounts to the top or the bottom of your handlebars and issues 200 lumens of light, which more than enough to illuminate the road or trail ahead of you. Unlike its smaller brethren, though, the rechargeable Fly12 records and loops 1080p video footage for up to five hours on a single charge. It connects to your smartphone via both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and moreover, lets you add metrics such as distance and elevation with help of the fitness-centric Strava app.
The idea behind the Fly6 and Fly12 is to add surveillance capabilities to an already-existing product. If you’re involved in a traffic accident, for instance, you can review the footage to see which party is at fault.
Best of all, both cameras sport a sensor that automatically saves recent footage should you unexpectedly crash or tip the device more than 30 degrees for more than five seconds. We can see how the real-world application of the device could extend beyond the street and into the backcountry.
The Fly6 is currently available for $250 on Cycliq website, while the Fly12 remains slated for release in 2015 at an undisclosed price.