If you ride your bike a lot, you will crash. It’s inevitable. The best thing you can do to protect your brain in a crash is to wear a helmet. But a helmet, despite being packed with all sorts of new foam and padding, can only do so much. If you’re knocked out and laying in a ditch (or if the driver that hit you moves you to a ditch) you might not have much time to get help and help might have a hard time finding you.
Specialized’s answer to this problem is a small device called ANGi. ANGi (Angular and G-force indicator) is a small sensor that is attached to the back of a helmet. The device contains an accelerometer and gyroscope that are programmed to detect crashes, not just head strikes. When the device detects a crash, the device (paired to Specialized’s Ride app on a smartphone) begins a countdown (customizable between 15-90 seconds). If the cyclist is okay, they can stop the countdown. If not, when it reaches zero ANGi sends a notification that an accident has occurred along with GPS coordinates to a list of emergency contacts.
ANGi also functions as a ride tracker, so a rider can set their expected return time before heading out and their contact list can follow along with their ride. In the absence of cell service, ANGi can also use ride information to notify contacts when a cyclist doesn’t complete their ride by the expected time.
A number of Specialized helmets will be available with ANGi already installed, for an increase of about $25. Not bad seeing as all Specialized helmets are now available with MIPS, which on its own is usually a $25 premium.
ANGi devices will also be sold separately for $50, and both the equipped helmets and stand alone devices include a free year of the subscription based service (normally $30).