THE COPENHAGEN WHEEL
Posted on December 5, 2013 by Editorial Staff
The Copenhagen wheel is a bike-wheel attachment that helps power riders. The device is comprised of a self-contained motor and batteries that snap onto the back of an ordinary bicycle, instantly transforming it into a hybrid electric vehicle with social media capabilities. The wheel stores energy during a ride, and when cyclists need a boost, it helps give them an extra push. Developed in MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory in 2009, as part of a research project sponsored by the Mayor of Copenhagen, the bike learns how you pedal and improves by understanding how hard you push when you pedal, and how often you need help. With a cyclist’s smartphone and a sensor built into the circular red hub, it can pre-program when the user want help. Amazing, don’t you think?