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Apple Files Patent for Smart Bicycle System

Apple seems to be looking for world domination, from the technology point of view. The company is making one step after another and since iPhone and iPad are causing such a stir among consumers, why not give them an iCycle? Well, the name is still to be determined, but one thing is for sure: Apple is planning an advanced bike.

Apple has recently submitted a new patent for a new smart bike now in development to the US Patent Office, which is similar to the Nike + iPad system for runners.

“While the system is for individuals, it's also designed to work with teams of cyclists so that they could communicate with each other on-the-fly about course difficulty or perceived problems. The Bicycle system monitors speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power, and pace,” the company says.

According to pattentlyapple.com, the new patent involves the use of an iPod or iPhone system on a bike in order to share information with other cyclists riding in a group. It could also provide feedback to cyclists regarding their own performance or the performance of other cyclists with whom they are riding.

The system could include the bicycle, sensors, display, and electronic device (iPod or iPhone). The sensors, display and electronic device could communicate via communications network – which covers GPRS, CDMA, EV-DO, EDGE, 3GSM, DECT, IS-136/TDMA, iDen, LTE and/or others. The system could include any suitable type of bicycle.

The display screen could include, for example, a liquid crystal display (LCD), light emitting diode (LED) display, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED), carbon nanotubes, nanocrystal displays, among others.
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