Smart & Eco-Friendly Copenhagen Wheel Gives Bike Riders A Boost

Incorporating a lithium battery pack charged by regenerative braking, the “smart”, innovative, environmentally-friendly and easy-to-install Copenhagen Wheel gives bicyclists a boost as they pedal based on how hard they're pedaling.

Since power isn't actuated by a throttle, the Copenhagen Wheel “preserves the normal biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and easier,” according to the manufacturer.

The Copenhagen Wheel is a disc-shaped device that neatly installs inside the rear wheel of any single-speed bike or bicycles with 7/8/9/10 speed free hubs. Designed to be wireless, connectivity is established via Bluetooth 4.0 and a mobile app compatible with smartphones using iOS or Android.

Speaking of “hands free” operation, according to the manufacturer “all actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms.” Ain't technology grand?

As for connectivity, when riders prepare to push off they can select from a menu of customizable rides that vary the level of powered assist. Once in motion, the Copenhagen Wheel's 350W (EU: 250W) electric motor kicks in as needed, such as when climbing hills. All the while, regenerative braking works to keep the battery primed for the next power boost.

It's sort of like those futuristic robotic suits being developed for the military that multiply the soldier's strength, allowing him or her to complete strenuous tasks normally requiring inhuman levels of strength.

The Copenhagen Wheel's 48-volt lithium battery takes 4 hours to charge completely and the estimated battery life is 1,000 cycles. Maximum speed using battery power alone is 20mph (32kp/h) and the estimated maximum range on a full charge is just over 30 miles (50km).

Weighing just 13 lbs (5.9 kg), the device is attractive and unobtrusive. Get more details at the Superpedestrian website and watch the official product release video. (images via Gigazine)