Smartphones bring the automatic gearbox to bikes
0. phoneArena 09 Nov 2012, 09:06 posted on
We’ve been speaking about smartphones changing the world by the day, and here is one more proof that a smartphone in your pocket…
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1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Not good for a bumpy road...
But cool innovation i say!! :)
2. TheMan (Posts: 410; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
But why use a smartphone when a 1 cent chip installed on the bike could do the trick?
3. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
Why are companies making bikes more complicated and expensive?
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
That's great but I'm riding a bike EXACTLY not to depend on machines, this kinda defeats the purpose.
6. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 635; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Bike were expensive due to the materials used to build it, not because of the disposable tech in it. These things won't make them any more expensive than they already are, Titanium and Fiberglass bikes are still expensive as hell. The purpose of this is for people who ride bikes for either health benefits or just recreation. Nothing is wrong with having a smart bike that can adjust gearing for you so you don't look like someone who overestimated his ability while riding up a steep grade and can't make it, only to have bystander laugh at your ineptitude. Also would work great for older individuals who don't have the time to deal with gears and you bike coupled with GPS data will set the gearing to allow them the easiest setting to traverse the terrain. Not all technology is pointless and stupid, a lot of it has excellent projected uses.
People are always quick to be pessimistic about things, you don't want it don't use it. It was not designed for you, was designed for those who want to take advantage of it. That is all.