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Halo Zero

San Francisco's Rickshaw Bagworks teams up with Halo Belt Company for an illuminated messenger bag

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 21 January 2013

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As an avenue for sharing invention Kickstarter has helped introduce a range of safety-oriented cycling innovations to market, the most recent being the Halo Zero, an illuminated messenger bag developed in collaboration between Kickstarter-funded Halo Belt Company and Rickshaw Bagworks. The bag combines Halo's LED fiber optic bands with Rickshaw's highly durable over the shoulder messenger bag. As longtime supporters of Rickshaw we've again teamed up to give away a Halo Zero—assuming the project is funded in its entirety by 8 March.

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With both brands calling San Francisco home, the collaboration seemed natural, and with Rickshaw's workshop the two companies were able to design, iterate and prototype without having to leave town. They settled on the classic messenger bag, complete with removable Halo illuminated strip. Battery powered with a life of up to 75 non-consecutive hours, the single strip features three modes—strobe, flash, solid—and is available in red, green, blue and yellow. With form, function and footprint in mind, each bag is sustainably produced by hand with minimal waste.

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To become eligible for the giveaway, tweet @coolhunting with a mention of your favorite city to cycle in, and include the hashtag #HaloZeroCH before midnight on 23 January 2013. The winner will be randomly chosen to receive a bag once the campaign is funded. Everyone else can pre-order the Halo Zero by backing the Kickstarter with a pledge of $128.

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