My Bike is Smarter than your Bike

22 Oct

I was reading the latest Bicycling Magazine last night and came across a little blurb about a patent that Apple has filed for a system called Smart Bike. Allegedly, this app would let cyclists use iPhones as bike computers AND share your data such as location, speed, power, the awful look of pain on your face? with others. So naturally, I needed to know more about this!

So I logged on to PatentlyApple and found the following:

On Aug 5, 2010 Apple filed the patent for the Smart Bike System. The blog says it similar to the technology for Nike + iPod for runners… except for cyclists. Patently Apple says, “While the system is for individuals, it’s also designed to work with teams of cyclists so that they could communicate with each other on-the-fly about course difficulty or perceived problems. The Bicycle system monitors 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. The system could utilize various sensors built-into the iPhone in addition to working with sensors already built-into the bike itself. Apple’s patent is extraordinarily detailed and packed with interesting twists that the sporting cyclist will really appreciate.” I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The blog goes in to great detail about the system and how it could possible be used so if you are cyclists, techy or both, I definitely urge you to read the whole article. Personally, the coolest potential feature is that the display could include a movable display or a projecting system for providing a display of content on a surface remote from the bike, such as a video projector, head-up display, or three-dimensional (e.g., holographic) display.

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