A recently revealed Apple patent
is detailing a system that will turn your iDevice into a sort of bicycle supercomputer. As Patently Apple reports
, the Apple patent - entitled "Systems and Methods for Integrating a Portable Electronic Device with a Bicycle" - would go beyond what a normal bicycle computer gives you in terms of heart-rate, speed, and distance data, and would integrate iDevice functionality to allow you to sync up with other riders using wireless connections and GPS location sharing. In addition, the system described could have different displays - including helmet mounted HUDs and 3D imaging - and could also be used for motorcycles or horseback riding.
In many ways, the patent outlines a system like Nike + iPod, with remote sensors that would actually be built in to a compatible "smart bike." Using the bike sensors as well as the gyroscope, accelerometer, compass and GPS chip inside the iPhone or iPod, the system would allow riders to monitor 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, and to potentially store and share all that data over the air in an ad-hoc network set up by teams. Cyclists would be able to lay out courses for themselves or view courses other riders had taken, with map system integration allowing turn-by-turn directions. Patently Apple
notes that "this could be applied to users of other types of vehicles (e.g., motorcycles, automobiles, or trucks) or other modes of transportation (e.g., walking, running, horseback riding, or transportation using any other animal)."
You could view all this information on your (hopefully well-secured
) iDevice, or get it through any one of a number of potential external displays: from LCD and LED flatscreens to exotic tech like "a video projector, head-up display, or three-dimensional (e.g., holographic) display." So for any horseback riders out there who were looking forward to chasing a glowing hologram on the track or trail: Apple's got you covered.
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