Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Toyota Prius Concept Bike - Fitness of the Future

Fitness is evolving and I'm super excited! I ride outdoors at least once a week, twice if I'm lucky, plus my two indoor cycling classes a week. As soon as I saw this story, I had to share!

Toyota has teamed up with Parlee Cycles and Deeplocal to take outdoor road biking to the next level.  Toyota has built an aero-road bike similar to their Prius.  The design features intuitive thinking as your ride, need to shift up or down, just think and your bike will adjust accordingly. You control gears with your mind!

The rider and the technology associated with this bike will need training before a perfect ride.  The process starts with an iPhone application.  Once downloaded, the rider will wear a "mind reading" helmet and practice moving a cube on the iPhone. This same "neurotransmission" thought process will help the rider shift gears when he or she is on the road.

You have to see it to believe it, check out the video below from Toyota:

Wonder if they'll be able to apply this same technology to indoor cycling? Maybe even coordinate it to songs by increasing and decreasing resistance without the turn of the knob? This is going to change the entire face of cycling.

It's true - "There is an app for everything!"

This bike will be just like a favorite Pandora stations. You set up the artist or genre, use it on a daily basis and tell it what you are thinking so it will be more nimble as time goes on.

Source:  Bicycle of the Future Shifts Gears via Brain Waves

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