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Kickstart this brilliantly simple compass for your bike

by Jacob Kleinman | November 9, 2015November 9, 2015 9:00 pm PDT

We all know checking your phone while driving is dangerous and irresponsible, but pulling your smartphone out while riding a bike can be just as bad. Most bikes don’t come with built-in navigation, but a new project on Kickstarter promises to bring you distraction free biking directions with a clever little gadget.

Haize brings simple, hassle-free directions to your bike handles, and makes it easy to discover new places along the way.

On the surface, Haize looks pretty simple. It’s a circular black screen with one big green LED light in the middle and a ring of smaller blue lights around the edges. The back is covered in aluminum for a lightweight, water-resistant design.

You can plug in your destination with an iOS or Android app. Haize will then point the way, using the outer blue lights to show where you should be heading. The green light flashes faster as you get closer, and turns red if you’re going the wrong way. The idea is to keep you biking in the right general direction, making it possible to explore an area naturally without getting lost.

Haize also offers turn-by-turn navigation if you’d rather take the direct route. However, this seems like it could be a little tricky with the device’s limited LED setup. If you want specific directions, you’re probably better of with Google Maps and a single earbud, which works pretty well in my experience.

But if you’re ready to hop on your bike and explore, Haize looks like a pretty awesome product. It also packs a two week battery that charges via microUSB, and a rubber band snap that can attach to pretty much any bike along with motorcycles and scooters. You could even use it while walking around a new city to help keep your bearings without constantly checking a map.

You can pre-order Haize on Kickstarter now for as little as $92, though it won’t ship until June 2016. This is a new company, so you’re running the risk that production could be delayed or worse. Still, the team seems confident they can get the job done, assuming they raise enough money first.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...