Copenhagen wheel stores and provides power for bicyclists



Make: Online, which is currently covering alternative transportation, posted this neat video of a concept product from MIT Senseable City Lab called the Copenhagen Wheel. Its basic purpose is to store energy when you pedal, coast downhill, or brake your bike, and give you a boost when you go uphill.

Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility. It transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes that also function as mobile sensing units. The Copenhagen Wheel allows you to capture the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion, and road conditions in real-time.

Controlled through your smart phone, the Copenhagen Wheel becomes a natural extension of your everyday life. You can use your phone to unlock and lock your bike, change gears and select how much the motor assists you. As you cycle, the wheel's sensing unit is also capturing your effort level and information about your surroundings, including road conditions, carbon monoxide, NOx, noise, ambient temperature and relative humidity. Access this data through your phone or the web and use it to plan healthier bike routes, to achieve your exercise goals or to meet up with friends on the go. You can also share your data with friends, or with your city - anonymously if you wish - thereby contributing to a fine-grained database of environmental information from which we can all benefit.

Alt. Transportation: The Copenhagen Wheel