HeadsUp Systems Wireless Gear Alert System

Gear

Have you ever driven your car into the garage with your bike still on the roof, or at least gotten close enough to give you heart palpitations? Enter stage left the HeadsUp Systems wireless gear alert system.

The HeadsUp display system is pretty interesting, and it’s basically an early-warning system that tells you if you have a bike or other object on the roof of your vehicle as you enter your garage. It hopefully prevents you from smashing or destroying your bike as you accidentally drive into your garage. The cost of bike replacement and garage repair can be quite exorbitant, and the HeadsUp System can give you peace of mind in preventing an unwanted disaster.

The system is comprised of a gear tag, an in-car alerter and a LED alert sign which contains an internal wireless control module. It works when the tag and alerter come in together as a pair into the garage, and the alert sign’s computer acknowledges them as a set. When that action happens the alerter will beep, and the LED alert sign will pulse with up arrows.

Kit Contents:

  • LED alert sign with internal wireless control module
  • In-car alerter with battery
  • Two gear tags with batteries
  • User manual
  • Power cord
  • Mounting screws

The orange gear tag uses a CR1632 battery, and it fits into a small black rubber boot that wraps around your bike or other piece of gear. The alerter looks like a garage door remote, and it also uses a CR1632 battery, and it can be clipped to your vehicle visor or placed in a cup holder.

If you ride your tagged bike into the garage by itself, or if you drive your vehicle in with only the alerter, nothing happens since the tag and alerter are not combined as a pairing at the same time. Other tags that are on bikes stored in the garage won’t make any difference, since they were static within the garage space, and weren’t identified as a live pairing.

The alerting will go off when you are about 50-100 feet from your garage, depending on how you have the LED alert sign set up, and the angle you come in with your vehicle. The alerter beeps loudly, and the alert sign’s three LED arrows will quickly pulse upwards, and the alerting will stay on for 3 minutes. You can click a button on the alerter, and it will stop beeping, but the LED will continue until it reaches its time threshold. The units communicate with each other using low power 2.4Ghz wireless technology.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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