Wipers for a motorcycle helmet visor are not new, nor are they very good, but the Rainpal electric wiper promises to wipe away all your vision issues.
London designer Adam Aarons says his invention is patent pending and he hopes to produce it with the help of a crowdfunding project.
Final retail will be £49.99 (about A$95) and £99.99 (A$199) for Rainpal with wireless including delivery to Australia and globally.
It will come with a guarantee to fit all curved visors or your money back.
“It’s about time someone helped motorcyclists,” Adam says.
“My journey so far has been really exciting. My idea to cure the stress and safety issues of struggling to ride with a rain-soaked visor is now complete. My light weight, effective and tested Rainpal works in the real world. There has never been the option of clearer vision in the rain.”
He says it will fit curved visors on full face, flip-up, bandit and open-face helmets and come in matt or gloss black, pearlescent or luminous white, US or UK flag with more flags to be released.
“We have already taken orders from Australia so maybe an Aussie flag version,” Adam says.
The wiper attaches to the top of the wiper shaft via a one click attachment/detachment click system as some riders have said they will leave Rainpal on their visor all the time (Rainpal is 1.3cm by 1.3 cm) and merely attach the wiper when it rains.
“Rainfall has been designed so the wiper snaps off in an impact for added safety far easier than the pressure to break a visor,” Adam says.
Rainpal is less than 1.3cm in height and width, and features a spring-loaded wiper to push against the visor.
“Total weight is about 150grams so that’s about 8% of a full-face helmet so not noticeable,” Adam says.
It clips over the top of the visor and includes a motor and swappable battery packs that can be charged separately via USB or a charger socket.
They are good for 90 minutes on continuous wipe but should Rainpal be set for a delay wipe then it doubles.
“We feel this will cover most ride times,” Adam says.
There is also a wireless model operated via a control which fits to different diameter handlebars like a watch strap.
While police in some Australian states have been issuing fines for attachments of cameras to helmets because they make it non-compliant, this shouldn’t be an issue because of its size.
“Although we have not looked at every country as far as we are aware it does not need compliance as it is not optical or a protection item,” Adam says.
“There might be an issue in your part of the world as Victoria have laws outlining attachments to helmets.”
Adam claims it will provide the same clear vision as in a car with the wipers on.
His release claims: “Drizzle and spray from trucks will be much less of a problem now with an integrated water spray and wiper for less strained eyes which if strained too much may lead to earlier deterioration of your eyesight and often producing a headache, tiredness from the additional concentration of not being able to see clearly. All these are reduced with Rainpal.”
Adam started posting on Facebook in January 2016 and has had nearly one million views, over 4000 Likes, over 5000 shares in less than two months.
They are still working on a prototype.
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