Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A New Patent Hints at a Smart Bike in Apples Future Market.

Now that all the hype of the iPad and iPhone 4 is now in our past....what does the future of Apple hold? Maybe the new iPod Touch re-design, the new MacBook Pros or iPad...? Guess again, Apple filed a patent for a brand new Smart Bike... seriously.
Not yet named (I'm guessing iBike or iCycle, knowing their track history)... this bike will have all the glitz and glamour of what you would expect from Apple. Right now there are plenty of after-market bicycle add-ons features that allow users to adapt their iPods or iPhones to get GPS, speed, music, BPM and course tracking for their bike ride. I'm curious what exactly is Apple's motive in designing the entire bike. 
Will the Apple iBike be a home-run market niche for Apple -or- is this a mistake waiting to happen...?
Not surprisingly the new smart bike will require a hookup to an iPhone or iPod Touch to take advantage of all of it features. The system is anticipated to work in tandem with both the sensors of the iPhone and sensors to be built into the bike itself. Specs submitted to the U.S. Patent Office reveal that the first iteration will be able to provide real-time on-demand data such as speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power, and pace. 
Who knows? When the iPad was first released, skeptics believed the tablet to be a sure flop. But over the first weekend Apple sold 1 million devices and over 3 million over the next 7 weeks. I guess time will tell what the future of the Apple bike will hold...and how much it will cost.

via inhabitat patentlyapple

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