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