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.
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?