Apple patent application reveals new advances in smart bike invention

“On June 6, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new leg to their smart bike invention,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The premise of Apple’s invention is rather like Apple’s Nike + iPod system for runners except for cyclists. 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,” Purcher reports. “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.”

Purcher reports, “The system could utilize various sensors built-into the iPhone in addition to working with sensors already built-into the bike itself. Apple’s patent is extraordinarily detailed and packed with interesting twists that the sporting cyclist will really appreciate. Interestingly, Apple only filed their patent update this past January.”

More info and Apple’s patent application illustrations in the full article here.

Related articles:
Apple granted U.S. patent for advanced smart bike system – January 29, 2013
Apple patent application describes ‘Smart Bike’ – August 6, 2010


  1. I just sunk a wad of cash into a bike, too. Be good if data retrieval could have option for spoke clip on and wheel attach for spinning. Mixed results/reviews on Nike and Fitbit.

  2. An Apple bicycle computer would be a dream come true.
    I’ve got a Garmin 500 (2012) bicycle computer and it is sorely wanting for UI. It has a lot of the right functions, but the display pretty much stinks. The Garmin 510 (2013) is improved, however, but still comes up short.
    Then, there’s the personal activity display on Garmin’s website. The concepts are good but Apple would kick it.

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