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A look at the Stingray dual function light and alarm system

2 Aug 2017
Verdict:

A lightweight light that doubles up as a stylish bike alarm

Price: 
TBC

The Stingray SR600 is now available to order online here from the Bouh website. It costs £125 but Cyclist readers can get a 20% discount with the code: CYC19

Stingray is the latest gadget from bike accessory company Bouh. The dual function light and alarm system looks to kill two birds with one stone in a lightweight and stylish fashion.

Targeted specifically with urban cyclists and commuters in mind, the Stingray seeks to provide a hassle-free way of securing your bike whilst you have a coffee and some cake in your local café. 

With it doubling up as a light, the Stingray also offers itself as the perfect gadget to sit on your bike after an evening in the pub. 

All you have to do is pull up, remove the torch to engage the alarm and you are all set. When you return, just slide the torch back in and you are on your way.  

Weighing a reported 120g, the alarm-come-light will not weigh you down on any hills and it sits neatly on your handlebars.

This would prove less clunky than a traditional lock, that you may have carried along with you, and the alarm will alert you to anyone trying to take your pride and joy.

The Stingray uses six motion sensors and 500 lines of code to detect a potential theft, emitting a 120db alarm directed at the thief.

The alarm is also coded to recognise the difference between a slight bump and genuine theft. 

With the usual perks of a weatherproof USB charging system and multiple light modes, the torch has a battery life of up to 15 hours on the flashing setting and two hours on its highest setting. 

Potentially the most impressive part of the Stingray is that it was created by 23-year-old Obaidah Sheikh, an Engineering Masters graduate from the University of Manchester.

Whilst the dual function alarm is aimed at urban riders, this could be an issue for those riders in the biggest of cities. 

Bike theft can prove to be quite a lucrative market with those committing the crime often more than just opportunists.

We fear that the lack of wheel immobilisation provided by a normal bike lock may still incentivise thieves to take a chance and be well clear before you've had chance to stop them after being alerted to the alarm.

We are yet to test this alarm in the flesh, but will be doing so soon. At first glimpse, it appears as if this may be an alarm perfect for short stops and café runs but it remains to be seen whether it is battle-hardened for sprawling cities like London.

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