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The Copenhagen Wheel transforms your bicycle into a smart electric hybrid, quickly and easily. The Wheel contains a motor, batteries, multiple sensors, wireless connectivity, and an embedded control system. The Wheel learns how you pedal and integrates seamlessly with your motion, multiplying your pedal power 3x—10x. It makes hills feel flat and distances shrink, so you can cycle just about anywhere.
Riders are given a boost as they pedal by measuring their effort, instead of using a throttle. This preserves the normal biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and easier.
As you bike, the wheel is able to capture energy when braking or going down hill that it stores in the integrated lithium battery pack.
All actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms. When the rider pedals harder, such as when going uphill, the wheel pushes with increasing power. Using your smartphone with the Superpedestrian app, you can vary the level of powered assist.
The Copenhagen Wheel SDK enables developers to get creative and develop a host of applications ranging from navigation to customizing the behavior of the wheel.
The Copenhagen Wheel makes your bike look even better. It's completely wireless, compact and simple; all designed for your everyday commute. Twist two nuts, install the wheel, download the app and you're ready to go!
Get more from your Wheel by downloading the complimentary mobile app, which allows you to lock/unlock your wheel, choose amongst a menu of customizable rides, and track personal usage statistics including time, distance, calories burned, elevation climbed and more, all of which can be compared and shared with friends.
Welcome to TIME’s annual round-up of the best inventions making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun.
New tech turns regular bikes into hybrids
Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing.
If an Electric Bike Is Ever Going to Hit It Big in the U.S., It's This One
Aimed at encouraging alternative methods of transportation.
It all started with this question, "How do we get more people to cycle?"
A group of researchers have reinvented the wheel--and named it for a city in Denmark...
With one push, the Wheel turned me into the bicycling Hulk...
the Copenhagen Wheel does for electric bicycles what Apple did for mobile computing with the smartphone and tablets
Helping people move through cities in a seamless way
instead of adjusting your speed using a throttle or button, you'll simply pedal faster
Cycling is limited to the scale of the city, but we want to help people overcome the city.
It’s rare that a company comes along and reinvents the wheel, but it looks like that is about to happen.
M.I.T. Ushers in Biking 2.0 With Copenhagen Wheel
|Motor||US: 350 W, EU: 250 W|
|Size||26 inch or 700c rim|
|Battery||48 volt Lithium|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0)|
|Range||Up to 50 km / 31 mi|
|Battery Life||1000 cycles|
|Smartphone OS||iOS, Android|
|Charge Time||4 hours|
|Bicycle Compatibility||Single-speed or 7/8/9/10-speed Shimano/SRAM-compatible drivetrain|
|Top Speed||US: 20 mph, EU: 25 km/h|
|Brake Type||Rim brake and regenerative braking (downhill and back-pedal)|
|Weight||5.9 kg / 13 lbs|
|Dropout||120 mm (single speed), 135 mm (single speed and multi-speed)|