Titled “Systems and Methods for Integrating a Portable Electronic Device with a Bicycle,” Apple’s newest patent application inspires a vision of what Steve Jobs’ company has in store for cycling enthusiasts.
Is Apple planning to revolutionize cycling as we know it? We can’t really tell.
However, do note that the keyword here is “integrated” meaning the functions of the bike are read by the said “portable electronic device.” Judging by the illustration provided, the iPhone/iPod is either connected or reads the functions of several parts of the bicycle.
Some pundits are already guessing the specs of such a blend of machine and, uh, machine; GPS and a mapping system so your pleasant ride won’t be encumbered by a gross ignorance of directions and possibly some sort of speed sensor you can use in conjunction with your music listening.
Of course, since we’re talking iPhones/iPods here, core functions like calls or music will be easier to manage while cycling away. You know, we may be onto something here…like a self steering bicycle. C
Contemplating the possibilities of this yet unnamed product, it does gives new meaning to the phrase “Look Ma, no hands!”
via Patently Apple