19 December 2012 Connected bike concept can be controlled by a smartphone The world's first digitally intelligent bicycle has been touted by Cambridge Consultants. The smartphone controlled demonstration bike, which features a combination of sensors, actuators, wireless connectivity and smart algorithms, is aimed at ushering in the Internet of Things – a concept of internet connected devices that collect data and communicate. To create their 'connected bike', the Cambridge Consultants team took a standard bicycle and equipped it with an electronic gear changing system. They then wirelessly linked the gears to both manual controls and a smartphone application mounted on the handlebars. According to the company's Tim Ensor, it is this combination of monitoring and control that allows the system to make automatic gear changes under the control of a smart algorithm running on the smartphone. When a rider's cadence rate slows, the application automatically sends a signal to shift into a lower gear. Bluetooth Smart – a low-energy version of Bluetooth – is used to wirelessly connect the system. "This bicycle demonstration shows how a combination of sensing, control, algorithms and connectivity can make a real difference to just one sector of the sports and fitness market," Ensor noted. "We see countless applications in different industries, and we are actively working on a number of projects that take a device and infuse our technology and design expertise to optimise the user experience." As well as fitness training, Ensor believes the technology could also be used more broadly with any consumer bicycle to optimise performance and make it more user friendly. GPS and map data could also be added into the application, he says, to make gear changes in anticipation of upcoming hills. The video below demonstrates the technology in action. Author Laura Hopperton Comment on this article Websites http://www.cambridgeconsultants.com/ Companies Cambridge Consultants Ltd This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read... NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article Claire Jeffreys, NEW Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, ... Read Article Arrow buys Nu Horizons Arrow is buying Nu Horizons in an all cash deal which values the ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.