Researchers at MIT have created a bike with a high tech wheel that transforms the bicycle into a hybrid eBike. They call it the Copenhagen Wheel.
The wheel is able to store extra energy created when for instance breaking to be used later to give an extra boost when going uphill or when needed to accelerate quicker in traffic. In addition it offer a range of information about speed, direction, distance, air pollution, proximity to friends, etc. This is enabled through a Bluetooth connection to the driver’s iPod.
It has the advantage of being easy to use and offer great styling as an extra bonus. The brains and the power of the bike is fitted into a plastic hub of the back wheel.
According to plans it should be available sometime next year at a price comparable to electric bikes.
Check out the YouTube video below for a trial ride on the Copenhagen Wheel.