The next best invention since the wheel….the Copenhagen Wheel!

9 Dec

In 2007, MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and the Municipality of Copenhagen began a three-year research partnership to investigate how digital technologies can be harnessed to understand city dynamics in Copenhagen with a view to sustainability and livability.

This new and innovative Copenhagen Wheel totally transforms the ordinary, boring bike into a hybrid e-bike that also functions as a mobile sensing unit. This ingenious wheel allows the user to capture the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need a boost.

The bike can be controlled by your smart phone to lock and unlock the bike, change gears and select how much the motor can assist you. This awesome bike can capture your effort level and information about your surroundings, including the surrounding road conditions, carbon monoxide, NOx, noise, ambient temperatures, and relative humidity. You access the data through your phone to plan a healthier bike route.

http://senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel/

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