Baidu’s sensor-packed DuBike smart bicycle gets dedicated website
China’s Baidu has revealed more information about its upcoming smart bicycle called the DuBike. A new official site shows off the bike and its accompanying app in action, along with a slew of new design photos and some of the features the bike will offer when it hits the market.
According to Techweb, the DuBike could be available as early as the end of this year. The bike will be equipped with multiple sensors and a self-developed operation system that will track and store data for all sorts of health metrics. DuBike’s sensors are capable of collecting the rider’s data on pedalling frequency, foot pressure, heart rate, velocity and seating pressure. The data collected is then synced with an app on mobile devices which are then analysed to provide suggestions for the rider.
In addition to allowing riders to set up their own social network via the OS, which will let you do things like share and rate bike routes and set meet up locations, it also features route guidance installed and a system on the handlebars which will indicate the rider which way they need to turn, eliminating the need of peeking at small smartphone screens during their ride.
All the electronics onboard are charged by transforming kinetic energy to electricity when you ride. The DuBike also includes brake lights and real-time location tracking for security. The sample bike is designed through a joint effort of the Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), a research arm of Baidu, and the Artistic and Industrial Design departments of Tsinghua University which is based in Beijing.
With the bike estimated to become available by the end of the year, we hope that it arrives in the west sometime soon – as if it lives up to its name, it will sure stir up a craze within the large biking community.