Baidu, often referred to as the Google of China, is planning to release a smart bike called the Dubike by the end of the year. This non-motorised smart bike features a whole suite of sensors and technology, while also looking very futuristic.
The Dubike is capable of recognising heart rate, pedal rate, velocity, and even seating pressure. All of the data can then be sent to a smartphone app via Bluetooth, which can be used to monitor your health statistics, provide map directions, or even recommend cycling routes for you.
With so many sensors to power, the Dubike is implemented with a “self-generation hub” that enables it to convert kinetic energy into electricity (think dynamo). The electricity generated can even be used to charge your phone or other devices.
In order to make this smart bike a reality, Baidu worked together with the design department of Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of the top universities in China.
It is very unlikely for the Dubike to reach our shores, or anywhere outside of China really. But maybe this concept will inspire more people to come up with something similar.