The Fly6 is a Kickstarter project which aims to build a tail-light camera for bikes. The device is a fairly common-looking tail-light with an HD (720p with audio) camera built in. The claimed runtime is 5 hours and it is USB rechargable.
One of the stated goals of the project is to increase safety by making drivers aware they are being recorded.
See the promo video:
It’s an interesting idea, but I can think of a few issues off the top of my head.
- While it may be true that drivers might be more courteous if they knew they were being recorded, they would have to know they were being recorded in the first place.
- It only records the drivers who are behind you.
- I have general concerns about creating an even more surveilled society, but for an application like this, I doubt anyone would bother to watch the video unless they were involved in some sort of incident.
All that being said, the video quality looks really good (watch the Kickstarter video) and with me being somewhat of a gadget nerd, I like the gadget-y nature of it.