Superpedestrain, a company newly founded by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab members has announced officially the Copenhagen Wheel. The idea was first developed at the MIT’s SENSEable City Lab which is based on bringing such functions of electric cars to the bicycle business that provides new forms of human-powered mobility for cities and improves the quality of living to everybody. And now here the dream comes true and the first Copenhagen Wheel will be shipped at the end of the first quarter of 2014.
According to the venders, the Copenhagen Wheel consists of few main parts; Motor, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, WiFi and sensors. What really this wheel does is to store power in the battery on applying brakes, going descends/downhills and rotates the bike’s pedals a quarter turn. The stored power is used automatically whenever wheel senses that extra power is required for instance; going uphills or need faster speed up to 20mph. All actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms.
The Copenhagen Wheel can be fixed easily at the rear side in place of your ordinary wheel. After that you will be able to download the developed apps for the Copenhagen Wheel which allows to control power of the battery, shows fitness statistics, enable security lock when the owner leaves and unlock automatically when owner returns.
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