We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Apple files patent for iBike

'Smart Bike' likened to Nike + for cyclists

Apple has applied for a patent for a bicycle concept.

The patent application, which was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office on August 5, highlights Apple's concept for what the company is calling a 'Smart Bike'. The bike patent application, which Apple likens to a Nike + for cyclists, details a system that would allow bike riders to log and wirelessly share information about cycling routes.

Apple's Smart Bike patent, which was originally filed for during the first quarter of 2009, would log a whole host of cycling information, with a heavy emphasis on sharing data. This information would include cycling speed, distance travelled, time, altitude, incline, decline and more. A users heart rate would also be collected.

According to the patent, this range of information would be collected via a connected iPod or iPhone and built in sensors. What the integrated technology to measure these cycling metrics would be is any ones guess. But accurate heart rate sensors in the handlebars, accelerometers and on-board GPS would all seem to be fairly safe bets.

However as any dedicated cyclist will know, this sort of information has been available for years - thanks to attachable mini computers. These mini cycle-friendly computers are available in a range of prices, starting from simple £15 models with more technologically able kit, including an iPhone app, pushing the £175 price point.

So what would make Apple's approach so different from what's already readily available? It's hard to tell from a patent application, no matter how detailed, but no doubt the seamless integration from device to device, and then to the end logging software would make the whole experience that little bit different.

It would be a departure from the norm, that's for sure - but then again it is just a patent. So with a pinch of salt, what are your thoughts on a could-be Apple bike?

[Via MacRumors]

See also: Warning over £50 Apple iPad knockoffs


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite