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Old 08-12-10, 05:01 PM   #1
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Apple Bike Computer

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/gener...mputer-concept
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"Apple could be looking to expand on its experience with the Nike+ technology with a novel interface for cyclists, if a newly filed patent is anything to go by.

First spotted by Apple-watcher Patently Apple, the US patent details a "Smart Bicycle System" which hooks in to an "electronic device" - something which the diagrams show as not being a million miles away from an iPod in design - in order to track information such as speed, distance, altitude, heart rate, wind speed, and power.

By tracking this information - in a similar way to the company's Nike+ system for runners - cyclists would be able to better analyse their performance and potentially improve their ability. The possibility for inter-networking between devices is also mentioned in the patent, giving those who ride as part of a team the ability to monitor how their colleagues are performing.

While this is far from the first bicycle computer to hit the market, Apple's patent demonstrates that it is looking to take the next step and progress the technology far beyond what is currently available by mixing sensors on the bike itself with those built in to the "electronic device" - such as the GPS and accelerometer sensors in the iPhone..."

Other stories about this:
http://www.macrumors.com/2010/08/05/...bike-computer/

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/08/05/apple...tent-surfaces/

http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/05...puter-concept/

I Hope it Looks Something Like This:











The old Apple iMac has a good streamlined shape, it makes for a darn good bike windshield / fairing.

Am I the only one who knows about the Apple Bike Computer? I didn't see any threads about it here at bikeforums.

I must have some of you people thoroughly confused . The reincarnation of an old Apple iMac as a bike fairing is my work; although it does prove that a piece of plastic can be made into a streamlined shape and mass-produced.

The yellow bike is the NFA Vehicles Type 10, which previously had a 1982 Suzuki fairing.

It seems that the Apple Bike Computer Patent has come at the same time that I mounted an older Apple Computer on my bike. I hope this doesn't cause too much confusion.

I will allow anyone to post a reply, on either my Apple Bike Computer, OR the one Apple is working on, specifically for bicycles.
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Old 08-12-10, 05:53 PM   #2
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looks stupid to me
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Old 08-12-10, 06:17 PM   #3
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I will allow anyone to post a reply, on either my Apple Bike Computer, OR the one Apple is working on, specifically for bicycles.
How kind of you to allow us to post.
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Old 08-12-10, 06:26 PM   #4
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All of 'em bussepp this one.
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i like the idea of a more complete display of data, that is also logged somehow, though I can't say it's truly important. nor can I say that I understand why you stuck an old imac case on the front of your bike... counterweight?
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your Apple bike i like; the Apple patent is just typical Apple patent hoarding, which is de rigueur for many large companies; as with many Apple products of late, it will attract a large lemming-like happily-overcharged consumer base.
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your Apple bike i like; the Apple patent is just typical Apple patent hoarding, which is de rigueur for many large companies; as with many Apple products of late, it will attract a large lemming-like happily-overcharged consumer base.
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They use the old tube design instead of a flat screen because it's more aero.
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You could say I'm cycling and recycling at the same time...

I don't know about Apple's new patent. Bicycle computers have been around for thirty years, and now there are many GPS devices made for bikes.

The old iMac, well, it makes a better bike fairing (windshield) than a computer. I like fairings. I built a dozen bicycle fairngs over the years. A fairing is a protective shield, it will absorb the impact if I ever crash into something. Theoretically, a fairing can decrease aerodynamic drag and make the bicycle go faster; or make it easier to pedal at top speed. (if it can overcome the negative effect of the increased weight).

I built a dozen fairings, but I would rather see something on the market which I could buy and simply mount on my bike. Everything today is made of plastic; things that used to be made of wood, are now plastic; things that used to be made of metal, are now plastic; things that used to be made of glass, are now plastic...
What about a bicycle basket? Why has no bicycle company introduced a bicycle basket made of plastic? The iMac case proves a piece of plastic could be molded into a shape, an aerodynamic shape, that we are all familiar with as signifying the front end of a vehicle.

For the record, the iMac case is 15 inches high, 15 inches wide, and 15 inches long. The overall length of the bike (Human Powered Vehicle) is 77 inches, or 6 feet five inches.

I've built fairings and cargo boxes before, sometimes using Kevlar, sometimes fiberglass, and sometimes coroplast (corrugated plastic). You may not believe in fairings- But I ask you; If I'm going to put a handlebar basket on my bike, why not make it have some streamlining, so it looks like the front of a vehicle? I want to create an illusion of motion, even when the bike is not moving.

I have to give Apple credit for mass-producing the best Aerodynamic Bicycle Fairing in the world.
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This bike is so poorly done it's well past ugly........it's an abomination!!
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This bike is so poorly done it's well past ugly........it's an abomination!!
That's what keeps thieves from stealing it. This bike won the "Ugliest Bike" award at a bike show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in May 2008.

I use it as a Utility Bike, and it moves gravel to places along the trails, where gravel is needed.

The color is rattle-can OSHA Safety Yellow, and I think the paint job is as good as on any Forklift.

Folks, I'm moving this discussion to the Utility Bike Forum, where I will post photos of the bike without the fairing.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-your-Headtube

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