THE COPENHAGEN WHEEL
Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility. It transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes
that also function as mobile sensing units. The Copenhagen Wheel allows you to capture the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for
when you need a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion, and road conditions in real-time.
SENSE and SUSTAINABILITY
Controlled through your smart phone, the Copenhagen Wheel becomes a natural extension of your everyday life. You can use your phone to unlock and lock
your bike, change gears and select how much the motor assists you. As you cycle, the wheels sensing unit is also capturing your effort level and
information about your surroundings, including road conditions, carbon monoxide, NOx, noise, ambient temperature and relative humidity. Access this
data through your phone or the web and use it to plan healthier bike routes, to achieve your exercise goals or to meet up with friends on the go. You
can also share your data with friends, or with your city - anonymously if you wish thereby contributing to a fine-grained database of environmental
information from which we can all benefit.
ABOUT the PROJECT
The Copenhagen Wheel will be unveiled on December 15 at the COP15 United Nations Climate Conference. The project was conceived and developed by the
SENSEable City Lab for the Kobenhavns Kommune. The prototype bikes were realized with the help of our technical partner Ducati Energia and funding
from the Ministry for the Environment. Progical Solutions LLC provided technical support for the iphone control of the bikes.
The components of the project are an electric bicycle wheel that can be easily retrofitted into any regular bicycle and location and environmental
sensors which are powered by the bike wheel and in turn provide data for a variety of applications.
The Copenhagen Wheel project demonstrates that small intelligent implementations can lead to major changes. This work will be displayed at the 2009
Cop 15 UN Climate Summit where the next version of the Kyoto Protocol will be signed.
Golly gee! Just what everyone wants, another buttload of tech junk attached to an everyday device. What the hell's next, doodads to strap on your
happy bits?! Every time you take a dump, your smart phone tells you how much, what comprised it, and what it was composed of?
Enough is enough. Technology doesn't need to be shoved in every orifice of everyday life.
I think this will be HUGE! What a great idea and it couldn't come at a better time.
I don't really care aobut all the info and social networking implications, just the boost it's going to give to bicycle transport. Awesome
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