reinventing the wheel
Give your push-bike an instant electric upgrade, with a smart wheel designed by the engineering minds at MIT…
E-BIKES MAY BE ON TREND, but THEY can also be bulky and costly. The Copenhagen Wheel, designed by top tech uni MIT’s Senseable City Lab, allows you to upgrade your current ride by slotting a battery pack and motor neatly inside its central red dot.
Rather than using a throttle, the wheel relies on an algorithm to measure your pedal power and instructs the 250W motor to assist accordingly when you’re not pedaling.
Connect the wheel to the iPhone or Android app via Bluetooth 4.0 and it gets even smarter, allowing you to vary the level of electronic assistance and track stats such as journey time, distance travelled and calories burned. It takes four hours to charge the 48V lithium battery for a 50km range, but it’s topped up every time you brake or soar down a hill with your limbs splayed. US$799, su perpedestrian.com, out spring 2014