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Old 09-23-07, 08:19 AM   #1
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Your imaginary gadget?

Hi,
What products you would like to have on your bike, that are not available on the market.
This things can be very imaginary like a nuclear reactor to help on the hills, or clothes dryer.
It can be also day to day like: I have a GPS that I want it to upload to the internet every hour.

Here is some:
- GPS that post to a website when it sense wireless internet access.
- No grease chain, like rubber, but with the properties of the chain.
- Dynamo that can really charge all the electronics on the rig.
- Solar panel that can really work and charge all the gadgets, include laptop.
- Water cleaner that can kill viruses.
- DNA treatment that will prevent me from getting malaria.

I will have more I'm sure, so I'll post it later.

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- Dynamo that can really charge all the electronics on the rig.
- Solar panel that can really work and charge all the gadgets, include laptop.
I did more than just wish for what I needed, I built it!
I charge my batteries and power my LED headlight while I'm riding at night. Here is the circuit I currently use.

My headlight stays on when I stop unlike other dynamo type headlights. My batteries can power my 1-watt LED for over an hour so I can disengage the dynamo from the tire when climbing is required and I have the luxury of being able to just ride around for a while at night with the dynamo disengaged. The batteries are getting a charge up to 150mA over 8 MPH so I need to discharge them every now and then anyway to prevent overcharging them. If I'm out on a tour lasting several days or upwards of several weeks I can connect my solar panel and do some effortless recharging on sunny days.

If I've been really lazy and completely discharge my batteries the LED headlight will still work just like a "normal" dynamo headlight in that the LED driver chip will shutdown the LED and disconnect the batteries. When I start moving again the driver chip will turn on the LED light again with the dynamo engaged. It will start recharging the batteries as well. If I need to rapid charge my batteries during a cloudy day I just turn off S1 and close S2 allowing a 500mA charge so in about 4 hours my totally discharged batteries will be completely recharged.
My system is sort of ugly right now as I am still doing tests and modifying it.

I'm thinking of adding a battery management chip to the circuit so the chip can control S2 automatically. I would really need that when I start using a hub dynamo.
I can recharge my blinkie batteries, Cell phone and other items like that with battery packs of 9-volts or less by simply hooking them to the dynamo and bridge rectifier with S2 open. The batteries in the device will load the dynamo to a point where the voltage will never exceed the maximum rated voltage of the batteries by more than a few tenths of a volt. The dynamo can't pump more than 500mA of current, which is the maximum recommended rapid charge for most any battery pack.
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Old 09-23-07, 09:26 AM   #3
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1. I want a built in review view helmet like the Reevu sold years ago but made better. The product was never really developed for cycling but it had so much promise. With a little more R&D, it could have been the helmet of choice replacing my Take A look.

2. A new version MS Streets and Trips that will allow me to completely replace the horrible Garmin software.

3. I like the Planet bike Helmet rear view light. I just don't like the light because it's a very weak blinky. I want a device that will allow me to mount any light back there or better yet, the Super Flash!

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3010.html

4. 800cc or 900 cc wheel

5. Glasses with a built in Take A Look mirror.

6. GPS software that forces you to ride through subdivisions before putting you on the highway.
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Old 09-23-07, 09:35 AM   #4
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"6. GPS software that forces you to ride through subdivisions before putting you on the highway."

THAT is an awesome idea!
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Hi,
What products you would like to have on your bike, that are not available on the market.
This things can be very imaginary like a nuclear reactor to help on the hills, or clothes dryer.
It can be also day to day like: I have a GPS that I want it to upload to the internet every hour.

Here is some:
- GPS that post to a website when it sense wireless internet access.
- No grease chain, like rubber, but with the properties of the chain.
- Dynamo that can really charge all the electronics on the rig.
- Solar panel that can really work and charge all the gadgets, include laptop.
- Water cleaner that can kill viruses.
- DNA treatment that will prevent me from getting malaria.

I will have more I'm sure, so I'll post it later.

Kfir
Well, there are two things I'd like to point out to you:

One, is APRS. As far as I know, APRS is still only happening en masse in the ham radio world. Your GPS hooks to a radio that reports your information to other APRS users, potentially including an APRS base station with internet connectivity. Here is a map of my zip code with APRS data. And here is a handheld amateur radio that has APRS functionality built-in, so you just connect a GPS unit. I'm sure that would fit in a compact trunk bag with room left over.

The other item is a UMPC. In particular, the Asus R2H, which is tiny, has a great battery life, a built-in GPS, bluetooth and WiFi could be a nice choice. It'd fit in a trunk bag nicely. The Sony UX series doesn't have built-in GPS, but Sony does sell a matching bluetooth GPS unit. The nice thing about the Sony is that it's smaller than the Asus, and has a built in AT&T modem, so you're always connected. For software, I'd imagine it'd be pretty easy to come up with software that reads the GPS and spits KML files to a web server, where Google Earth can do the rest. If you want to get fancy, you might even be able to add a photo. Both of the UMPC models I referenced have built-in cameras, though a separate USB notebook webcam would probably be a better choice. Personally, I'd take the winder off a retractable USB cable, and take advantage of the teensy cable to run a line from my handlebars to my trunk bag. Then, your Google Earth posts could include images.


Hmm... I wish I had a UMPC right now.
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I'd settle for a battery operated headlight that could be mounted clear of a handlebar bag without a bunch of jury rigging!
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I'd settle for a battery operated headlight that could be mounted clear of a handlebar bag without a bunch of jury rigging!
I've done this one. I have my light on the left front fork. I use a front rack but I don't run front panniers so this method works.

If I use front panniers, I'll get some plastic plumbing couplings the same size as handlebar tubing and some hose clamps and make a special mount which will attach to the front rack.
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I want a tent like they had in the Harry Potter movie, small on the outside and 6 full sized rooms with kitchen and bath on the inside. Yeah, that's the one I want, oh..... and I want it right now!

OK, I'll settle for a 1.5 person, single wall (Great ventilation with no condensation) side door, huge vestibule, free standing, 3 season tent that weighs about 3lbs.

I want all campground picnic tables to have back rests while I'm wishing.
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I'd settle for a battery operated headlight that could be mounted clear of a handlebar bag without a bunch of jury rigging!
See total geekiness thread in electronics for lots of ideas. Here is mine.

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Old 09-24-07, 11:27 AM   #11
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A Jersey with a type of washable flexible display (similar to OLED but much more durable for outdoors weather). It would have a small seperate pocket in the back for a gadget that would allow your sleeves to become a map if neccessary (built-in GPS). The Jersey could also function as a basic PDA with some touch sensitive button (similar to the button I've seen for Backpack designed to work with Ipod). As a optional feature, the jersey gadget could also include camera and wireless access.

One advantage of a Display-based Jersey is that you could create a jersey picture in a provided software and upload it to the gadget, allowing the jersey color image be changed dynamically (sp?). Oh, imagine having your bike break down in middle of a road and you are not yet experienced with dealing a particular mechanical issue, Just turn on your "PDA" sleeve and bring up the mechanic guide that you have downloaded to the gadget. It could also replace and lighten up touring by getting rid of the need for the variety of books touring cyclist may bring with them.

Yeah I got a bit of a overimaginative mind but if you look around, pretty much all of the technology mentioned in this post is being developed or are on the way. The only thing left is to have people to support these technologies and to bring those different technologies together.
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OK I thought of another, your choice of expedition type touring bike with a Rohloff internal gear hub, but instead of a chain, it would have a belt. Of course getting the belt on would be an issue, maybe a coupling on the rear triangle could open up a gap where the belt is fed in. Just think a belt would be very quiet and not need any messy lube.
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Old 09-24-07, 04:22 PM   #13
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How about a thought-activated gear changing mechanism? Simply imagine the force you want to apply to the pedals, and the idea instantaneously triggers the gear change!

Thought-activation is no longer science fiction. Many prototypes have been built and tested. Some are intrusive, e.g., electrodes are implanted directly in the brain, while others detect brain activity on the surface of the skull. There is at least one commercial product available, and at a conference I tried to to control a computer cursor using the device. (It detects brain waves, facial muscles and eye movements.) After about ten minutes of practice, I was starting to be able to use it. See http://www.brainfingers.com.
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There is a shimano auto change system which does what you want but without the hard bit...the thinking. Bianchi has it on the auto milano.
http://www.bianchiusa.com/04_auto-milano.html

I know when I'm getting tired on tour..... I start randomly pressing the gear change levers because I've forgotten what does what.
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A rollup, flexable computer-screen for mapping with voice interface, terrain matching software and power source that lasts, just like in that Brian de Palma movie, Mission to Mars.
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A remote-controlled, multi-nozzle, wide-stream (misting) pepper-spray dispensing system with outlets on each pedal and perhaps on the aft fender reflector or clipped to rear panniers. Activation of left-, right- or both-sides would be via buttons mounted so that the rider could continue facing forward and concentrate on safe steering and frantic pedaling.

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Klein Bottle Panniers. (In essence, each pannier would be a pocket universe with infinite capacity and the interior exists outside out space time.)

Able to carry all the comforts of home and a folding log cabin, as well as a Butler, Masseuse and a full Wine Cellar.

Must make mass irrelevant as well.
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Klein Bottle Panniers. (In essence, each pannier would be a pocket universe with infinite capacity and the interior exists outside out space time.)

Able to carry all the comforts of home and a folding log cabin, as well as a Butler, Masseuse and a full Wine Cellar.

Must make mass irrelevant as well.
Gotta have me a set of those! They should have a very low wind profile also.
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Oh, imagine having your bike break down in middle of a road and you are not yet experienced with dealing a particular mechanical issue, Just turn on your "PDA" sleeve and bring up the mechanic guide that you have downloaded to the gadget. It could also replace and lighten up touring by getting rid of the need for the variety of books touring cyclist may bring with them.
I've heard about these in development for years, though I don't know if you can buy them yet, and even if so, they probably haven't thought to make the sleeves display areas also.

However, the best you can do for now is to use an actual PDA to replace your books. You could use Plucker, or PDFs, or just HTML. I've got part of the Park Tools How-Tos from their site in Plucker format. However, I sometimes commence to drool over E-Ink readers. Theoretically, someone could make one that rolls up, because the display itself is flexible.
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I've heard about these in development for years, though I don't know if you can buy them yet, and even if so, they probably haven't thought to make the sleeves display areas also.

However, the best you can do for now is to use an actual PDA to replace your books. You could use Plucker, or PDFs, or just HTML. I've got part of the Park Tools How-Tos from their site in Plucker format. However, I sometimes commence to drool over E-Ink readers. Theoretically, someone could make one that rolls up, because the display itself is flexible.
Finally, a use for my Fossil WristPDA!
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I've heard about these in development for years, though I don't know if you can buy them yet, and even if so, they probably haven't thought to make the sleeves display areas also.

However, the best you can do for now is to use an actual PDA to replace your books. You could use Plucker, or PDFs, or just HTML. I've got part of the Park Tools How-Tos from their site in Plucker format. However, I sometimes commence to drool over E-Ink readers. Theoretically, someone could make one that rolls up, because the display itself is flexible.
Not exactly sure if this is E-Ink but it is a high possibilities.

http://blog.scifi.com/tech/archives/...n_phone_t.html

I've seen videos of OLED prototype that is flexible itself and since it is a light emitting technology, there would be nearly no need for a backlight (which would therefore reduce the weight and keep the general design more flexible). The OLED could be created with layers of different colors to display as much color as needed.

I am insterested in E-Ink if only for a type of window display technology. For instance, suppose it is halloween season, a resident could put in a animated greyscale image of a spider on a web into whatever controls the e-ink and then the window will magically have a spider crawling around on it.
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