Japan is known for its heated toilet seats and pod hotels, but also for its pioneering high-tech industry – making it the perfect Partner Country for CeBIT 2017 in Hannover. The trade fair this year plays host to over 100 exhibitors from the land of the rising sun, including high-profile global players as well as less established companies aiming to make a name for themselves in Europe at the fair - with exhibits that sometimes could best be described as "quirky". A prime example is Cerevo Inc., showcasing a particularly wide-reaching portfolio of innovations from VR sandals right through to an endearing mini robot. One of the company’s major highlights is the XON Orbitrec, a custom-made high-tech racing bike manufactured using a 3D printer and packed to the brim with sensors to log cycling data on the move.
Designed by Satoshi Yanagisawa and produced by Triple Bottom Line, DMM.make AKIBA and ABBALab, the frame of the Orbitrec is made from 3D-printed sintered titanium combined with carbon fiber tubes. It is thanks to this unique 3D printing process that the bicycle can be custom-manufactured at a competitive price. However, the high-tech frame design is only half the story. The Orbitrec also features a total of nine built-in sensors that log all possible cycling data and communicate it to the cloud via ANT+, Bluetooth and WiFi so that it can be analyzed and transferred back to the user’s smartphone. One particularly nice touch is that cyclists looking to enjoy the benefits of a fully digitalized cycling experience don’t have to go out and buy a whole new Orbitrec bike. Cerevo is also exhibiting the XON Ride-1 – a clip-on logging device that can be installed on any conventional bike.