This looks like a dock for an iPhone that has integrated bike sensors. This is probably going to be a bike computer application that will work with the sensors (odometer, speedometer, hart rate, ect). The iPhone already has several GPS applications that are very good. This would be cool to use the phone as the bike computer and then after a ride sync it & down load all the stats…
sensors in the shoes record various things (cadence and whatnot) and you can download the data and use it for training. The same thing on the bike and while I like the idea I was hoping it would of been a more open system instead the inherently closed system that apple has.
I guess im just biased against closed systems. I dont think I would put all those sensors on my bike to begin with. I dont even use all the options on my 20$ cycling computer.
When it comes to hardware I wouldn’t worry too much about a closed system. To compete, open markets like Android will put out hardware capable of doing the same thing, but will no doubt have to use proprietary APIs to access the hardware.
As someone who appreciates the reliability of a highly developed proprietary system, combined with the sort of investment that would go into the myriad of applications that could be developed by third parties to access any “iBike” hardware, I’m pretty happy with the idea.
Even if you don’t subscribe to Apple, this sort of thing has the potential to jumpstart competition among open and closed systems for sports hardware, which is all sorts of good news
After I saw this I searched the app store and found a very cool cycling app this weekend. It’s called the Cyclemeter GPS Cycling Computer for Road & Mountain Biking (also has a running and walking mode).
The Cyclemeter app turns an iPhone into a GPS stopwatch. It continually records time, location, distance, elevation, and speed. You can also keep a database of ride history and maps. The app stops and and starts recording info on screen or by double tapping the earphone remote.
The very cool feature is the ability to set up automatic events to share Google maps of your rides via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Also with the ear piece you can hear replies from people using text to speech technology. At the end of a ride you hit “done” and it emails all the data to your home email address. This is the site for the company who makes the app: