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Kickstarter Campaign: Zackees Gloves- The Wearable Turn Signals

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It is always cool to hear about a Kickstarter campaign happening in your city especially when it could greatly impact the local community. San Francisco’s biking population has grown more than 71% in the past 5 years and continues to grow as the city creates more bikes routes through down town. I witness city bike traffic every day and have also seen a few bike accidents due to bikers being in the cars blind spot. I came across a Kickstarter campaign for Zackees; a technologically advanced pair of cycling gloves that has controllable LED light turn signals on the backside of your hand. The Zackees gloves seem to be a great solution to this urban bike safety problem.

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Lately the fashion industry has quickly embraced wearable technology making those consumer products not only functional but chic. The Zackees gloves have a great design and modern look while also remaining durable. The great thing about these gloves is you don’t have to be a cyclist to need these because they are also perfect for jogging and walking, especially at night! The Zackees gloves support two types of batteries, rechargeable and disposable plus comes with a USB battery charger.

Per their website they are easy to use and designed to be able to signal in front of you without having to take your hands off of the handle bars. To signal behind you extend your hand and press the contact plates together. The light will flash toward drivers behind you so that they can see your intent. To back their project and buy the gloves click here and they will ship you a pair of gloves as a reward. The amount you donate will determine the type of glove you get as a reward.

· $69 will get you our standard glove, with a free set of high-capacity batteries that will run for an incredible six months with daily use! Replacement batteries can be found at most grocery and convenient stores.

· $99 will get you our standard glove + Ultrabright upgrade. This upgrade includes four exotic lithium-ion rechargeable coincells and a custom designed USB charger. They call this combo the Ultrabright upgrade because the gloves are significantly brighter with rechargeable coincells. If $99 is too much, you can buy the $69 version and upgrade later through their website at zackees.com!

As of today there is only 10 days left to get the Zackees gloves at the less expensive price through the campaign. If you’re a bike commuter or like me walk everywhere these gloves are a chic solution. In the next coming weeks I hope to interview the creator Zach Vorhies and test out the gloves myself for www.cutegeek.com.

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