Smart bikes are next

… af­ter the smart­phone, smart­watch and many apps

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - BEN COXWORTH — Giz­mag.

WHAT do you call a bi­cy­cle that doesn’t have a mo­tor, but is packed with elec­tronic fea­tures?

Well, the emerg­ing term seems to be “smart bike”. We’ve al­ready seen one called the Val­our, but now there’s a new one- off known as the Sam­sung Smart Bike.

Above all else, it’s de­signed to make bi­cy­cle com­mut­ing safer.

The Sam­sung Smart Bike was de­signed by Ital­ian frame­builder Gio­vanni Peliz­zoli and stu­dent Alice Biotti.

It was cre­ated through the Sam­sung Mae­stros Academy, an on­line plat­form in which Ital­ians who are masters in their field ( such as Peliz­zoli) teach their skills to promis­ing up- and- com­ers ( such as Biotti).

The alu­minum frame first of all fea­tures curved tubes de­signed to soak up some of the vi­bra­tions caused by rid­ing on rough city streets.

Lo­cated be­tween the seat stays of that frame is a rearview cam­era that streams a live video feed to a han­dle­bar- mounted Sam­sung smart­phone.

There are also four lasers built into the frame that pro­ject a bike lane onto the road on ei­ther side of the bike as it’s mov­ing

Those lasers au­to­mat­i­cally come on as am­bi­ent light lev­els drop as de­tected by the smart­phone.

Ad­di­tion­ally, an app on the phone uses GPS to make a note of routes that are of­ten trav­elled by the cy­clist.

It then of­fers the op­tion of no­ti­fy­ing city of­fi­cials of those routes, with the sug­ges­tion that they add of­fi­cially- des­ig­nated bi­cy­cle lanes.

The frame also houses a bat­tery, an Ar­duino mod­ule, along with WiFi and Blue­tooth mod­ules.

Per­haps a lit­tle sur­pris­ingly, though, the bike lacks a plain old head­light or tail light.

The Sam­sung Smart Bike made its pub­lic de­but in April, at Mi­lan De­sign Week. There’s no word on any plans for com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion.

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The Sam­sung Smart Bike.

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