Intelligent Cycle concept has biometrics, solar-panels, Olympian-blessing

Chris Davies - Aug 12, 2009

If you’re going to ask someone to design a bike, you may as well make it an Olympic medal winner.  Chris Boardman has put pen to paper and come up with this concept for his Boardman Bikes brand, an “intelligent” cycle that not only keeps track of your calorie count but has fingerprint recognition for a biometric lock, integrated mediaplayer and a solar-powered motor for giving you a push when faced with hills.

The carbon fiber frame sits around spokeless wheels which reduce aerodynamic drag, and the concept uses puncture-resistant tires which can self-inflate.  While it might all sound far-fetched, according to Boardman the technology is actually out there just waiting to be put together.

“It could be built now if there was the will” he told reporters recently.  “All the technologies are already there, it’s just that nobody’s put them all together before.”  Still, he doesn’t expect mass production of such a cycle to be financially feasible for another 20 years.


[via DesignBoom]

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