Apple has been throwing down the cool patents lately, but this newest one isn't a handheld gadget like a smart phone or smart tablet -- this is a smart bike.
The as-yet-unnamed smart bike (iPedal would keep the "p" theme going) will allow you to either sync your iPhone or iPod Touch with the bike or use a provided detachable display to access some cool features like monitoring and sharing your course, health and performance stats with other cyclists.
According to the patent, the bike will have sensors that communicate with sensors in the iPhone enabling it to measure and display real-time data like speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power and pace.
It sounds a lot like what the Nike + iPod set up or RunKeeper app provides for running, but with much greater data options. I'm sure there are other impressive features in the works that would make cyclists willing to shell out money for it. It will be interesting to see if this smart bike will have the power to revolutionize cycling the way Apple products have changed how we do so many other things.
written by BruceMcF, August 11, 2010
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