I've been designing a new type of bicycle tail light to solve some of the annoyances I have with existing tail lights. I'm thinking of taking the device to market, but before I do, I'm trying to gauge whether or not there would be interest in it. I've talked to a number of people locally, but am interested in getting a broader view. I've put together a short 9 question survey if anyone is interested in providing feedback. It is available at http://www.impressity.com/Survey/sl....rtqvsjlgkbjrnb.
I'd also be happy to discuss the light here. The key idea behind it is to remove the need for someone to have to remember to turn their tail light on or off. For instance if some has their light on and forgets to turn it off when they stop riding. This has happened to me on a couple of occasions and I end up burning through a set of batteries when it does. Instead this light automatically turns on and off based on external light conditions and whether or not the bicycle is being used. The light can also come in handy if you ride around dawn or dusk or through terrain where the light levels vary (mountains, terrain, rain etc). That way you don't have to pay close attention to the conditions and remember to reach back and turn the light on/off as needed.
As an added feature, I've developed a way to keep the brightness constant brightness over the life of the batteries. This was after having a number of conversations with people on group rides about whether or not people's lights were dim enough yet to warrant replacement. I really don't like the idea of riding with a light that works, but might be a little too dim to catch a driver's eye. With the light I'm working on, if it gets to dim, it lets you know.
Would anyone be interested in such a tail light?