Friday, August 6, 2010

LiveRider turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless bike computer

The popularity of Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch hasn’t just resulted in an explosion of applications but has also spawned a stack of hardware accessories designed to extend the capabilities of said devices. Most common are devices that increase the devices’ battery life but New Potato Technologies has decided for something a bit different with its LiveRider that is a bike mounting system that turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless cycling computer.

The LiveRider mount cradle attaches to a bike’s handlebars to put your iPhone front and center while pedaling and it incorporates a 2.4GHz RF wireless receiving unit that connects to the iDevices’ 30-pin connector, this unit receives information sent wirelessly from a permanently-sealed, dual-mode sensor mounted on the bike’s frame near the rear wheel that measures both bike speed and pedal tempo.

Using the LiveRider application, the device is then able to leverage the capabilities of the iPhone or iPod touch to provide users with a touch screen interface, GPS features providing location and tracking, and accelerometer features to record inclination and the application also includes a file system to save detailed data from each ride, which can be reviewed graphically on the bike, or exported via email and imported into a spreadsheet or database. It also includes a real-time Chase Rider function that lets riders compete against their personal best or pace to a training goal, pretty amazing.

The shock-absorbing handlebar mount cradle helps protect against vibration and debris and allows the iPhone or iPod touch and receiving dongle to be quickly removed, the dongle is powered by the attached iPhone or iPod touch, while the permanently-sealed wireless sensor unit is powered by a permanent Life-Time battery.

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