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Aster backpack from Lumos Design of India has ntegrated bike lights, turn signals and automatic brake Indication.

Commuter backpack with LED lights seeks backing on Indiegogo

Lumos of India, maker of a solar backpack, is now crowdfunding for the Aster, a bike commute backpack with brake lights, front shoulder lights, and turn signals. Gandharv Bakshi and his colleagues have already raised $14,749, or 29 percent of a $50,000 goal. The campaign has been placed on Indiegogo and all of the funds raised, whether the target is reached or not, will be drawable by Lumos.

The Aster backpack – which is one of the first products on Indiegogo to have a "prototype verified" tag – has a bright red light on the back and a profile light on either side of the bag. The backpack also has an inbuilt accelerometer in a handlebar unit and senses when you slow down and flares the solid red 30-LED brake lights. Aster also has built-in indicators, operated from the handle-bar unit.

Aster’s light settings can be modified via the Lumos Aster smartphone app.

The backpack has a helmet holder, a whistle buckle, tuck-away U-lock holder loops, zippered bottle pockets, and a rain-cover.

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