Thursday, 17 December 2009

The Copenhagen Wheel - An idea for TfL?

Cool tech from the Cop15

1st Entry: The Copenhagen wheel.

This nifty device fitted to the rear wheel of a bicycle can be controlled through your smart phone. You can use your phone to unlock and lock your bike, change gears and select how much the motor assists you. As you cycle, the wheel’s sensing unit is also capturing your effort level and information about your surroundings, including road conditions, carbon monoxide, NOx, noise, ambient temperature and relative humidity. You can then further access this data through your phone or the web and use it to plan healthier less polutting bike routes, to achieve your exercise goals or to meet up with friends while on the go. The data can be shared with friends, or with your city - anonymously if you wish – thereby contributing to a fine-grained database of environmental information from which we can all benefit.

The Copenhagen Wheel will be unveiled on December 15 at the COP15 UN Climate Conference. The project was conceived and developed by the SENSEable City Lab for the Kobenhavns Kommune. The prototype bikes were designed with the help of Ducati Energia, the technical partner and funding from the Ministry for the Environment. Progical Solutions LLC provided technical
support for the iphone control of the bikes. Find our more from this site.

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