GPS has been great for navigation, and lots of us have such devices in our cars or use them with our smartphones to help us find where we’re going. They’re a big help, and do a great job of keeping us from getting lost.
They’re not suitable for all applications, though. When you’re riding a bicycle, for example, it can be difficult to manage either a GPS or a cell phone. You generally need your hands to steer the bike, and taking them off of the handlebars to deal with a navigation device is just asking for trouble.
That’s where a new device called Beeline comes in. Beeline is a navigation device or compass for your bicycle that mounts on your handlebars like you’d mount a bell.
The device pairs up with an app on your smartphone (either IOS or Android) . You plan out your route on the app, and it communicates with the Beeline device. What do you get on your display?
A simple arrow that points you in the direction that you need to go. You can change routes or directions at any time, and the Beeline will show you in which direction you should be going.
Of course, there’s more information available if you need it. The Beeline has a sharp, backlit display so that you can see where you’re going at any time of day or night. There are also buttons on the display that will allow you to view the distance remaining to your destination, a clock to give you the time, and a speedometer to tell you how fast you’re going.
The Beeline can go up to 30 hours on a charge, and is easily recharged using the included USB cable. It’s also shock and water resistant.
Beeline is one of a number of interesting devices that we’ve found recently that got their start as a Kickstarter product.
The Beeline attaches to your bike with an adjustable silicone strap, and is surprisingly affordable. At $125 or so, it prices about the same as an entry level dedicated GPS device.
Based on 20-60 minutes of daily use, the company estimates that the device will last between one to three months between charges, so you won’t have to deal with constant recharging issues.
I ride a bike a lot, and I see a lot of interesting bicycle gadgets these days. The Beeline seems like one of the more useful ones that I’ve run across lately. I particularly like the simple arrow. It simply tells you where to go, and often, that’s good enough.