Cycling can be a dangerous ordeal, namely because of vehicles and the hostility that sometimes exists between drivers and cyclists. For this reason, many cyclists choose to have a camera on their bike, a dash cam of sorts that keeps tabs on surroundings and that serves as evidence in the case of an accident. Fly12 is one of the newest cameras for cyclists to surface, and it brings a bit more to the table than your average action cam — namely, it doubles as a headlight when its dark and as a safety light when its daytime.
Fly12 joins the previously launched Fly6 camera/light, which was designed for use on the back of a bike. Fly12 is meant for the front of the bike, and brings with it slightly different functionality. The device features a 1080p HD camera and a 400 lumen headlight. The latter of the two is joined by a flash setting, which makes the light flash to ensure drivers can see you.
Battery life is given a particular focus, with Fly12’s maker boasting 10 hours of run time when using only the camera — a number that drops down to 6 hours when using the flashing light and 2 hours when the light is fully on. There’s weatherproofing so the unit can handle rain, and Bluetooth for connecting to a smartphone or tablet.
The device is being funded on Kickstarter, where the makers were looking to raise $245,000 AUD, something they’ve exceeded with $425,400 AUD in funding thus far. A total of 26 days remain during which buyers can get a Fly12 unit for $299 AUD ($239 USD). This is lower than the $399 USD retail price tag. Shipping to backers starts in November.