Ride, Sally, ride: New smart bicycle keeps track of rider's life

Ride, Sally, ride: New smart bicycle keeps track of rider's life

Ride, Sally, ride: New smart bicycle keeps track of rider’s life

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Copenhagen – A new bicycle wheel can boost a rider’s power while also keeping track of friends, fitness levels, smog and traffic conditions. By using sensors and a Bluetooth connection to the user’s smartphone, which can be mounted on the handlebars, the Copenhagen Wheel harvests the energy generated while braking and cycling, and stores it for when a rider needs a bit of a boost. At the same time, sensors in the wheel collect information about air and noise pollution, congestion and road conditions so the user can plan a better route.

The device was developed by the SENSEable City Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the aim of getting 50% of the Danish capital’s citizens on their bike every day.

The Wheel is part of a more general trend towards inserting intelligence into our everyday objects, and creating a smart support infrastructure around ourselves for everyday life, says Assaf Biderman, associate director of the programme.

Performance-monitoring rides are increasingly popular among consumers, as we note in our report on intelligent bikes.

Copenhagen Wheel by Senseable City Laboratory, Copenhagen Copenhagen Wheel by Senseable City Laboratory, Copenhagen
Copenhagen Wheel by Senseable City Laboratory, Copenhagen Copenhagen Wheel by Senseable City Laboratory, Copenhagen
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