DuBike: Intelligent bike from Baidu
The big challenge for the industry these days seems nothing more than apply a layer of “intelligence” in accessories and conventional devices. We have seen watches, bracelets,cars,helmets and even clothes, but now it’s time for the bikes. People from Baidu , the “oriental Google” so to speak, presented its DuBike, a bicycle equipped with multiple sensors and regenerative technology for extra power.
It is almost inevitable that large companies decide at some point in their existence explore territories that are beyond their traditional businesses. Without going any further, we all remember perfectly the beginning of Google and today is competing on several fronts at once. The same happened with Microsoft, a software company by definition but which now produces consoles, tablets and smartphones . Across the globe there are giants and one is Baidu.We face the number one search engine in China with more than 60 percent of searches in that country, however if we explore its services closer encyclopedias to find from web browsers, antivirus packages and social network.As expected, Baidu has an interest in cross swords with the hardware and smart devices. This time, we find DuBike a bicycle .
The official website does not give us many technical details about the design of the bike, but nothing is saved when describing their functions. The DuBike is on par with any wearable accessory designed to exercise with sensors that monitor heart rate, frequency of pedaling , pressure on the pedals and seat, plus the final speed and current location using a GPS chip . It should be noted the presence of a regenerative module that converts kinetic energy into electricity and keeps running both the integrated and the user’s smartphone sensors. The association and data transfer is via Bluetooth.
I honestly have no idea about the price of DuBike , while it is very unlikely to leave Chinese territory … but can not close the door completely. There is always the possibility of a dealer or a license last minute to allow the creation of similar bikes in the West. I imagine that with the battalion of functions that the DuBike look tempting at first to the Chinese upper class.