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Baidu Unveils Their Smart Bike, Featuring Health Perks

While Google busies itself with building cars that can drive themselves, China’s equivalent—the monstrous Baidu—is building this super-cool smart bike. Not as complex perhaps, but a damn sight more realizable.

Chinese search giant Baidu is all over that with the Dubike, a non-motorized bicycle equipped with regenerative electric tech and laden with smart fitness technology. It sports heart rate, pedal rate, peddle pressure and other sensors which which connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. With that info, it’ll monitor your health stats, provide mapping directions, track your bike’s position and recommend cycling routes or fitness programs via social networks — to name just a few possible functions.

The handlebars also feature a navigation systems which pairs up with your phone to supply directions, and it also allows you to chart your progress and against pre-set fitness programs before beaming them off to your social networks to brag. All of that’s powered by a “self-generation hub that converts kinetic into electrical energy.

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Designed by the Institute of Deep Learning along with Baidu, it will launch in China by the end of the year, though price remains a mystery. It’s unlikely it will ever make it to the West—so maybe we’ll just have to wait for those cars?

Source: Gizmodo