The Princeton PIP-JTK1 iPhone 4 holder for bikes lets you use your Apple smartphone as a handy, hands-free navigation system... sure it does!
In-car navigation systems are old hat by now but this high-tech feature has left cyclists stuck on the side of the road – until now.
The PIP-JTK1 iPhone holder for bikes from Princeton is, well, exactly that: a sturdy device that latches on to your bicycle's handlebars and grips your Apple smartphone safely, securely and screen-up to where you can view it. It even swivels to display content in vertical or horizontal formats.
What you view is up to you, of course, but Princeton's intent isn't entertainment oriented. On the contrary, the mount positions your Apple iPhone (possibly other smartphones as well) so that the rider can easily access any of the many GPS, mapping and directional apps available for downloading.
The Princeton PIP-JTK1 iPhone holder for bikes is available at Rakuten for 3,050 yen (about $35.90) but Japanese residents might want to think a bit before plunking down their yen: operating a cellphone (or an umbrella, for that matter) appears to be illegal in Japan.
Fines range from 30,000 yen (about $) for two-wheeled cellphone use to 50,000 yen (about $) for biking with a bumbershoot. Your mileage may vary, of course.
Well, biking punks, do you feel lucky? Does the allure of two-wheeled texting outweigh concerns about safety and legality? Should Princeton even be allowed to “pedal”, so to speak, this device in Japan? We can't say... if you want to purchase one, it's your call. (via Japan Today and Metropolis)