the smart bike rides on to kick­starter

Australian T3 - - RADAR -

Cana­dian firm Van­hawks’ Valour is no mere bi­cy­cle, but a fully fleged ride-on car­bon-fi­bre fit­ness tracker. The crowd-funded bike sends stats from its in­te­grated ac­celerom­e­ter and speed sen­sor to an iOS or An­droid app via good ol’ Blue­tooth 4.0.

The con­ver­sa­tion goes both ways, too, as the Valour can trans­late turn-by-turn nav­i­ga­tion on your smart­phone into LED prompts on the han­dle­bars. Should the on-board ul­tra­sonic sen­sor pick up ob­jects in your blind spot, those bars then vi­brate to alert you to im­mi­nent dan­ger.

There’s no need to charge the thing, ei­ther, as all of the smarts in­side are run by a clever dy­namo in the front wheel that turns your er­ratic ped­alling into pure tech power. C$1,399, van­hawks.com, out oc­to­ber

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