Beeline, a 2015 Kickstarter success story, is now officially shipping units of its smart navigation system for bicycles. Designed with simplicity in mind, this add-on for your two-wheeler brings smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn direction in a small circular display that mounts right to your handlebar. Beeline starts in a small rubberized shell that fits on a keychain, so you can store it when not in use. The e-paper display is not much bigger than a coin but it packs a ton of information.
Inside is an accelerometer and gyroscope that works in tandem with your phone’s GPS radio to provide directions to your desired location. You’ll start on by setting a path within the free iOS and Android app, from there, simply follow the directions on the display. A potential downfall for some is that Beeline only communicates with arrows and distance remaining to the next action. If you’re someone that prefers a street or map view, opting for a smartphone bike mount may be more beneficial. Beeline’s inconspicuous design is likely to be a hit with those looking for a minimalistic alternative to traditional bike computers. It is currently available for purchase direct from the manufacturer for $119.
Beeline is a smart compass for your bike. Instead of showing a prescribed route, Beeline strips navigation back to basics by simply showing you the direction to your destination and the distance to go. Beeline is built for everyday adventuring. After all, where’s the fun in being told exactly what to do? Beeline’s compact design makes it easy to take with you wherever you go. Its flexible silicone strap allows the device to attach quickly and easily to the handlebars or stem of any bike. When not in use, the strap acts as protection.