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Cannondale wants your iPod to be a cycle computer

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Nike did it with the Nano, now bicycle manufacturer is tinkering with the idea of making your iPod a cycle computer. Bringing much of the same functionality as the Nike+ unit, Cannondale envisions a docking unit on the bike but with some surprises.

Yeah, you’ve got a rear view camera on your Escalade, but on your bike? Cannondale’s concept puts rear view on your iPod as well as speed, distance and other basic functions. It seems even a power base (perhaps powered by your cycling) is there as well.

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The design comes to Cannondale from Barcelona’s D-Tank and is currently not pointed at production (awwwww). The design uses some really interesting concepts like a maintenance free shaft-drive propulsion system (I really dig alternate means of transferring power from crank to wheel) and a bike that is geared for non-cyclists (shockingly, almost a new concept to jaded industry insiders).

A very neat concept from a company that continues to push the edge.

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  1. I particularly like the rear-view camera idea.

    Mark Rowland
  2. Yeah, cool concept. This all goes without saying that biking while listing to music is a potentially dangerous mix. Just sayin…

    But the rear camera is fun.

    JG Mason
  3. The camera is cool, what I would really like is if they joined up with the Nike+ website so I could transfer my cycling data there as well.

    Dave
  4. Dave, if you have an iPhone check out RunKeeper (runkeeper.com). It will do both running and cycling, keeping them automatically sync'd online. A real sweet app a couple of us Gadgetellers use.

    JG Mason