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Research & Innovation

Old bikes become smart

Smart add-ons make even old bikes intelligent. This is shown by two student projects that received awards at the COSIMA competition in the field of microsystems technology.

07 Dec. 2017
Source: SmartFaraday
Source: SmartFaraday

Four students at the University of Freiburg have developed an intelligent, energy-self-sufficient bicycle pedal. SmartFaraday collects data such as pedaling force, speed and position, while the pedaling cyclist provides the necessary energy. The latter can retrieve the collected data in real time via their smartphone and a website, allowing the bike’s location to be determined if it is stolen. The smart pedal fits every bicycle model.

Three students at the University of Karlsruhe are creating a bicycle that stands by itself. To do so, they use a controller that calculates the tilting moment and counteracts it by means of a rotary motor. This allows you to make short stops such as going to the bakery without having to park the bicycle.

The COSIMA (Competition of Students in Microsystems Applications) has been organized by the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2009. The four winning teams this year have also qualified for the international competition iCan 2018: they can look forward to meeting and showing their project to teams from around the world in Hong Kong from June 24 to 27, 2018.

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