Comments: Wi-Fi Cycling

In my pre-cycling days, the first time I heard the term "bicycle computer" the image I had in mind was a laptop strapped the the handlebars.

Posted by Nic at May 7, 2004 05:05 PM

Imagine if your bike computer had full-time IP and GPS. Besides being able to keep an updated log on your home PC (or, say, here... "Heather is on her bike, and has ridden 32 miles today"), it could flash a little icon to tell you that a friend is also out riding, and is only 13 miles away. Maybe you could touch that icon and send your friend an alert that you'd like to meet at a nearby coffee shop.

Perhaps you could receive an alert that you are about 30 minutes from home, and a storm is expected in about 40. There are very few experiences in life that I can't imagine being somehow enriched by pervasive networking.

Now, why the computer wouldn't just do this by using bluetooth with the phone in your jersey pocket is another question altogether. But this guy isn't trying to prototype, he's trying to make us think about it.

Posted by hans at May 7, 2004 09:45 PM

Hans, I like the way you think (Heather could look for me and say, "Look! Victor's only 1100 miles away!" :) )

But the first time I see someone JRA while looking at pr0n--I'm sticking my frame pump in his spokes.

Posted by Victor at May 10, 2004 08:03 AM