MIT’s Copenhagen Wheel
Today at the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change researchers from MIT are unveiling the Copenhagen Wheel, with a regenerative braking system and various electronics to not only boost cycling range but keep track of all sorts of data along the way. Through wireless connections to iPhones and other devices the wheel can track distance, power and take pollution measurements, with the regenerative braking system charging an electric motor when you slow down and providing a boost when needed on the next acceleration or uphill grade. The wheel even has a smart locking mechanism that upon tampering locks the wheel into maximum power generation mode (increasing resistance in the hub) and sending you a text message with the whereabouts of the bike. Interesting technology, all contained with the hub making it an easily adaptable system. Read more straight from the MIT press site, with other reporting following from the New York Times.