It’s kind of funny to think of the bicycle as an unfinished concept, or something that can still be built upon. It’s been around for over a hundred years in more or less the same shape and design (recumbent bikes excepted).
We tried a bunch of things, and this seems to be the way it works best.
American start-up Superpedestrian has teamed up with MIT to think differently, though. While it’s not tampering so much with how the bicycle is largely put together, it’s taking that 100-year-old idea and putting a modern tech-based spin on it with the Copenhagen Wheel.
The red disc-shaped device sits as a kind of hub cap on the bike’s back wheel and is packed with smart technology. Linking to your hooked-to-the-handlebars smartphone, the Wheel pays attention to how you pedal and uses that information to help you out on your ride.
Hill to go up? The Wheel kicks into acton and provides you with more stored kinetic energy to make the climb a breeze. How fast am I going? How many calories have I burned? What was my elevation? All these things are at your fingertips in the smartphone app. And a big plus – the mechanism locks, so preventing bike theft is easier too.
Check out Superpedestrian’s site to get all the specs, photos and detailed info about the Copenhagen Wheel. If you’re a mobile developer, download the development kit to create your own cycling app.
The Copenhagen Wheel is one innovation that definitely won’t grind your gears.