The Bike (Wheel) of the Future
Get ready. The bike (wheel) of the future is almost here, people. Come late November, you’ll be able to transform your ordinary bike into an electric one. Yes, the Copenhagen Wheel is FINALLY coming to market.
You may have heard about this revolutionary wheel back in 2009, when it was was developed at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. After securing exclusive licensing rights, the Cambridge-based startup Superpedestrian is ready to release a commercial model. You’ll be able to purchase your own in a matter of weeks.
Okay, so how does it work? The wheel is controlled by your smartphone via the Superpedestrian app. It has a power assist feature and regenerative braking. As you ride your bike, sensors in the pedals measure your effort and give you a boost, if necessary. The result? You’ll be able to bike “faster, farther, and easier.” Take note, SF bikers.
With regenerative braking, the Copenhagen Wheel captures your energy and stores it for later use. Oh, and if you want to adjust the power assist levels, you can do so with the app. You can also use the app to access navigation features, real-time road conditions, and more.
This wireless wheel can be fitted to almost any bike. Pricing information has yet to be released, but you can register for pre-sale here. In the meantime, thanks to Superpedestrian for making our e-bike dreams come true. They really reinvented the wheel with this one, didn’t they? ;)
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