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Wannabe Geek

#27578 31-Oct-2008 04:15
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Hey my name is Arik.


I’m studding innovation in Denmark and have a question that I would like you to help me with.


I just need a quick answer of how you would solve the following problem.


The problem is:

People riding bikes often have a need to use several electric communication and entertainment devices, like their phones, IPod’s etc., while on the move.

Unfortunately these devices demand visual attention (touch screen, navigating through operation menus etc), and to operate them, it is necessary to take them out of the pocket or bag that they are usually carried in. In some situations this can be challenging (due to riding with one hand, tight pockets, wearing gloves etc.) and distracts attention from traffic. Consequently the operating of these devices often reduces the safety of the cyclist and the surrounding traffic.

How can we coordinate and manage the operation of the cyclist’s electrical devices - regardless of brand mix - and help keeping focus on traffic, without sacrificing the use and function of these devices?





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Uber Geek


  #174786 31-Oct-2008 08:30
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I think the argument is flawed from the start.

"People riding bikes often have a need to use several electric communication and entertainment devices, like their phones, IPod’s etc., while on the move."

WHY?? you're on a bike out in nature, why do you need to be taking, much less operating several electronic communication and entertainment devices.

Yes take a phone with you,but how is a bicycle different from a car, in many countries operating a cellphone while driving is illegal.  Why should a bicycle be different?

Personally my phone plays music, and so I have headphones on, so if someone rings I can answer, you just don't dial out or ever look at the screen.

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Wannabe Geek

  #175012 1-Nov-2008 02:04
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The problem is, that yes you are using a cell phone and fortunately your phone can play music, but what if you have a regular phone and an ipod or just a iphone? In a situation like that, you have to take the devises out of you pockets for example and have a visual attention with the device. The touchscreen on the iphone cant be manage without looking at it. And also the menu on the ipod needs visual attention.


And if you think about the future of biking, then what about a GPS? That cant be manage by earphones.


So the problem is, what a bike needs in order to manage these devices. Does it need at docking station for example? And what type of technology is needed for this to work. Is bluetooth sufficient?


So yes, for many people the cell phone is a sufficient solution to the problem with and additional headset, but biking and technologies will evolve. People my in the future have the need to use there PDA or notebook on the run.


And the legal issue is also a relevant problem. Because in Denmark for example it is illegal to use you cell phone in a car or on a bike if your holding the cell phone. But if you’re using a headset then it is legal.


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Ultimate Geek

  #175015 1-Nov-2008 07:17
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A simple solution is to increase the number of wheels by one.  That way the centre of gravity does not move outside the boundary outlined by the wheels.  But they don't look cool.

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