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What if you could control a bike's shifting using only your thoughts?

Old 07-23-11, 09:16 PM
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What if you could control a bike's shifting using only your thoughts?

Read the full article here:
http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/conte...iders-thoughts

Thinking about shifting? You already have. The Toyota Prius Project bike combines the forward-thinking innovations of the popular hybrid car, the carbon fiber sculpting of Parlee Cycles, and the computer engieering of the Deeplocal design firm to create a one-of-a-kind technological leap.

The idea was simple: by using off-the-shelf technology, could they design and build a bike that could be shifted only with the rider's thoughts? They combined a Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, a smartphone app and a brainwave-sensing helmet to make it possible. The drivetrain's electronic brain was wired to a wireless transmitter, and once the crew could make it shift with a smartphone, they kenw they were in business. It took a bit of practice with the neuron sensors to activate the derailleurs in just the right way, but it works. What's most amazing is that all of the technology demonstrated here is commercially available.
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
Read the full article here:
http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/conte...iders-thoughts

Thinking about shifting? You already have. The Toyota Prius Project bike combines the forward-thinking innovations of the popular hybrid car, the carbon fiber sculpting of Parlee Cycles, and the computer engieering of the Deeplocal design firm to create a one-of-a-kind technological leap.
Imagine controlling a bike's brakes using only your thoughts on a winding descend. The future scares me.
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Old 07-23-11, 09:29 PM
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Knowing the way my brain works I would drain the battery in like 10 miles with all the shifting.
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They did it already, on fighter planes. Did you see Firefox? (warning, NOT Bikerfox)
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Way cool.
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Old 07-23-11, 10:39 PM
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would be totally useless for Cadel

http://bit.ly/nhtyKD
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Could work, I suppose. Although earlier mind-controlled things have been very difficult to use. You have to really think about it 'properly'. What if you're approaching a hill, and you start thinking 'sure would be stupid to shift to a heavier gear now', and you can't get yourself to stop thinking about it.

What I want is automatic gearing, that keeps you at a set cadence. Maybe a little LED on the handlebars to tell the rider that the system is just about to do a shift.
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I'd control everyone else's shifting and brakes. It's the only way I could ever look fast.
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I'd crosschain even more often.

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99% of the guys here are total idiots. Shifting by thought process just doesn't seem like a smart way to go...
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
What if you could control a bike's shifting using only your thoughts?
Most of the 41 would never shift.
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Originally Posted by znomit View Post
Most of the 41 would never shift.
You clever Kiwi!
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then we'll get pros who look like this after a proper modern "training" regimen...

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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
then we'll get pros who look like this after a proper modern "training" regimen...

Gonna suck buying helmets... Di3? I can see pulling up on a female triatalete and dropping my chain
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These are wireless right? If this goes mainstream maybe I can hack into someone else's system and shift for them.

*Guy drops me on an uphill. Bike suddenly shifts to highest gear. BAHAHAHHAHA
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Di2 is like this already.
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Di2 is like this already.
Now don't go getting a big head over it...

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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
then we'll get pros who look like this after a proper modern "training" regimen...

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Originally Posted by dnuzzomueller View Post
Knowing the way my brain works I would drain the battery in like 10 miles with all the shifting.
Heh. Sometimes when I'm trying to do higher intensity work I keep my hands away from the shifters and stay on a single gear, so that it takes too much effort to change hand positions and gear down.

This would completely ruin that.
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