A wireless bicycle brake has been invented by a German professor. Like a “glass cockpit” in an airplane, it eliminates the cable snaking down the frame from the brake lever on the handlebars.
Instead, a wireless connection using the 2.4 GHz ISM band makes the connection. It takes roughly 250 milliseconds for the cruiser bike to brake once a rider squeezes the rubber grip. Electronics are mounted on the handlebar and fork, near the wheel. The tighter a rider squeezes the handle, the harder the disk brake presses on the wheel.
According to Professor Holger Hermanns, the system is not perfect but “acceptable,” registering three failures out of a trillion braking attempts.
A bicycle GPS tracker was tested for the first time en masse at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia, which has the potential to change the way that teams, media and fans look at a race.
Flaik, an Australian startup company, tracks skiers and bicylists using a small GPS device. It can be used as monitor a person’s location in real-time, deliver run-by-run statistics, and relive every run with family and friends at day’s end.
Watching the devices live feed, each rider’s progress is shown on a map in minute detail so gaps are displayed by the metre, or more. Specific levels of data can then be accessed by the user, with the fans having the ability to look at positioning within the race, with more options available to teams.
Free GPS lets you tag locations and manually enter WayPoints. LOCiMOBILE ($3.99) constantly keeps a track of your location. You can locate your friends, offers you turn-by-turn directions, and comes with built-in Facebook and Twitter integration.
Perhaps voice control will further enhance bike riding, driving and skiing.