Now even your bicycle can be smart.
Superpedestrian Inc. recently launched the Copenhagen Wheel, a technology that transforms bicycles into a smart electric hybrid.
It is a self-contained unit that includes a motor, batteries, a powerful computer and a dozen sensors, packaged into a sleek red unit. It powers the rider so that cycling great distances and climbing hills becomes effortless. The wheel was initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's SENSEable City Lab, in partnership with the City of Copenhagen.
After acquiring an exclusive license from MIT, Superpedestrian went on to develop the product before launching it to the market. It is now manufacturing beta units of its commercial product in anticipation of the wheel's official release.
The Copenhagen Wheel captures the user's energy when braking and gives an automatic push when needed. The wheel is wirelessly controlled by a smartphone. It's always online, so users can share and receive information to improve biking experience. The absorbed energy when braking or going downhill is stored in a lightweight and high-capacity lithium-ion battery found in the wheel itself.
To get more from the wheel, download the complimentary mobile app, which allows users to lock/unlock the wheel, choose amongst a menu of customisable rides, and track personal usage statistics including time, distance, calories burned, elevation climbed and more, all of which can be compared and shared with friends.
Source: EET India
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