Wristband alerts riders to speed cameras

Woolf wristband

This leather wristband could be the biggest money saver for motorcycle riders as it alerts the rider to upcoming known speed camera locations.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Italian-made WOOLF wristband will launch in June 2017 and cost €139 (about $A200). Earlybirds can order now for €99 (about $A140) on woolf.bike.

It may seem expensive, but if it saves your licence and speeding fines, it will quickly fund itself.

There are dozens of apps available for car drivers that use GPS to detect speed zones and send an audible alert. Riders can also use them if they have a Bluetooth helmet intercom.

However, the WOOLF works without the need for an intercom, sending an alert to the rider via a vibration in the wristband. The vibration intervals increase the closer you get to the speed zone, becoming continuous with 50km/h of the speed camera.Woolf wristband

WOOLF co-founder Federico Tognetti says their app is based on SCDB.info, “the leading service in global mapping covering also Australia” which shows where speed cameras are usually located.

Its data base has more than 100,000 fixed and mobile and red light cameras in more than 66 countries and is updated daily.

The WOOLF wristband is not a radar scanner or detector, which is illegal in Australia and some other countries. So it’s perfectly legal.

Some of these radar alerts can be annoying, activating quite frequently because of known radar locations, even though they are not always being patrolled.

Perhaps the vibration in your wrist may be a nuisance for some.

WOOLF says the attractive water-resistant leather wristband is very thin, adjusts to all wrist sizes and should fit under “the tightest gloves”.Woolf wristband

Federico tells us they “aim to improve further the performance”.

The wristband connects via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS phones and includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Federico says recharge time is about three hours and you can get about two hours of use a day for 15 days.

 

14 Comments

  1. Like any of this it comes down to the accuracy of the device or database. You’d be better off using Waze or even Google maps due to the much larger user base, hence more accurate up to date information.

  2. IanJH says:
    2nd August, 2016 at 12:07 am
    Or riders could try something radical……..stick to the speed limits as much as possible.

    Really, and become a static, another piece of road kill, at the hands of a cowboy truckie, bully boy 4wd driving tradie.

    So how do keep a safety zone happening with your logic.

    1. Yep. Agree with Grumpy OB. Let’s look at this morning’s ride. Double demerits in NSW so sticking pretty closely to speed limits. Then white lifted hilux appears and spends the next two or three kilometres tailgating literally two or three metres behind me on a 100 kph road until I found room to move over. Yeah, let’s all stick to the speed limit and get run off the road just to prove a point eh?

    1. BA! HUMBUG
      I am going to buy one for the wife and sew it into her undies.
      Think about it.
      Oh sorry but your the bloke who has a line of vehicles behind you as you are riding the brakes of your car/motorcycle trying to stick to the speed limit.

    1. The closest I’ve come to riding a moped is a fold up minibike with full rego and it was scary to ride on the road especially up hill in an 80 zone at night so I don’t remember how much it vibrated but the R1100RT it took for a test drive once cured me of any thought of ever owning a BMW. I am surprised no one took the bait over the riding a boxer and being numb comment, there were so many openings in that my head nearly exploded after I realised what I had posted

  3. Some BMW and HD riders will totally waste their time buying this because they won’t be able to feel anything. There maybe some bikes that vibrate more but the last time I rode a boxer I was numb for a week

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