Startup rolls out earlybird offer for Copenhagen Wheel (w/ Video)

Dec 03, 2013 by Nancy Owano weblog

Superpedestrian, a Cambridge-based start-up, started making the Copenhagen Wheel available for preorders on Tuesday. According to the company, shipping begins spring 2014. For those following the development of the Copenhagen Wheel, this is news, as the wheel, which is designed to turn ordinary bicycles into smart electric hybrids, first made its debut in 2009 at the UN Climate Change Conference. A key feature of the device is that it can compensate with additional power whenever needed. Riding with the Copenhagen Wheel in place, the user can capture the energy dissipated while braking and cycling and save it for times when a boost is needed.

The device is powered by a removable 48-volt lithium battery. The battery charge time is four hours, according to the site. The device is offered in 26-inch bicycle wheel size but the company said it plans to add more wheel sizes in future releases. The company also said that, while presently selling only the wheel, it will soon sell both the wheel and bikes already equipped with the Copenhagen Wheel. All actuation of the wheel is automatic by way of the pedals, through sensing and control algorithms.

When the rider pedals harder, such as when going uphill, the Copenhagen Wheel pushes with increasing power. The product gets especially interesting when used along with a smartphone though the can work without a phone.

With the phone, the Copenhagen Wheel becomes a personal trainer with feedback on exercise goals and fitness, and as a reporter, telling the user about traffic congestion and pollution levels. The company uses a Bluetooth 4.0 wireless protocol.

The "earlybird" price is listed as $699.

The company also has begun offering a special developers edition. Software developers are invited to develop creative applications for the user community. As part of this deal, along with the Copenhagen Wheel developers get access to the API, developer support, and subscription to a developer newsletter.

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The Copenhagen Wheel's roots are at MIT, where the technology was developed as a research project in a four-year process at the MIT SENSEable City Lab. Superpedestrian is a venture-backed company, and, like MIT, is in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Locale is not the only similarity; the company was founded in late 2012 by Assaf Biderman, associate director at MIT's SENSEable City Lab, and a co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel. Superpedestrian acquired the exclusive rights from MIT to commercialize the design. With a license from MIT, the team is now ready to accept orders. According to the , it can ship to most countries.

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More information: www.superpedestrian.com/

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24volts
1.7 / 5 (12) Dec 03, 2013
A 250 w electric motor assist that barely has enough power to make up for it's own extra added weight with a controller far more complicated than it needs to be to work reliably. $700 for a plastic hub motor that I wouldn't trust to even keep the spokes in place after a couple of potholes the way that thing is made.

For the same amount of money you can get better systems already on the market and just swap out your old wheel. While being totally self contained is nice, it also makes it extremely easy to steal. It also probably makes it impossible to replace or repair anything in it without disassembling the entire wheel spokes and all.

While most hub motor systems require being fully disassembled to repair also, they don't have the controller in the hub and the controller is what goes bad the overwhelming majority of the time. Not the motor. Even lithium batteries are only going to last about 5 years or so in this thing....
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 03, 2013
Range - Up to 50 km / 31 mi (doesnt capture enough recharge)
Weight - 5.9 kg / 13 lbs (an extra 30%)
https://www.super...ian.com/
24volts
1.7 / 5 (11) Dec 03, 2013
Just out of curiosity are all these people the same troll that never posts anything but just goes around automatically clicking a 1 for ever message on a forum board? I've noticed every time I post a message and it doesn't matter what is said that I get the same bunch clicking a 1 on it every time.

NOM | open | toot | Colombe | Father Brrenk | VendicarH | TheSicilian | Blotto |
Estevan57
1.9 / 5 (13) Dec 03, 2013
24volts - don't worry about it , it's just NOM showing off. And yes, it IS the same troll for these and more.
Unbiased Observer
1.5 / 5 (8) Dec 04, 2013
24volts - Yea, not to turn this into a political discussion at all, but they pretty much go around ranking based upon if you agree with a more liberal and progressive point of view or not. They (more likely one person though) honestly have no interest in practical analysis of any article.
QuixoteJ
1 / 5 (7) Dec 04, 2013
A 250 w electric motor assist that barely has enough power to make up for it's own extra added weight with a controller far more complicated than it needs to be to work reliably. $700 for a plastic hub motor that I wouldn't trust to even keep the spokes in place after a couple of potholes the way that thing is made.

For the same amount of money you can get better systems already on the market and just swap out your old wheel. While being totally self contained is nice, it also makes it extremely easy to steal. It also probably makes it impossible to replace or repair anything in it without disassembling the entire wheel spokes and all.

While most hub motor systems require being fully disassembled to repair also, they don't have the controller in the hub and the controller is what goes bad the overwhelming majority of the time. Not the motor. Even lithium batteries are only going to last about 5 years or so in this thing....
What he said.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2 / 5 (4) Dec 04, 2013
24volts - don't worry about it , it's just NOM showing off. And yes, it IS the same troll for these and more.
-Says the lying stalker troll Steve who enjoys corrupting little nieces in his pursuit of stalker satisfaction, per his own admission. See my profile page. Yes this site is infested with little twerps like Steve who enjoy such vandalism.

As far as the wheel goes you'd probably do better with a little chainsaw-type motor with a friction drive. I recently saw on YouTube a gadget that uses a battery-powered drill for bikes, scooters, and skateboards. With that the battery is easily swapped out.
24volts
1.5 / 5 (8) Dec 04, 2013
Ghost, I'm disabled and I've used both a 50 cc 2 cycle pocketbike engine and a 2.5 hp 4 cycle on recumbent trikes. (I can't pedal very far without assist - bad leg). They both work well and top speed was about 30 mph with both. Unfortunately 2 cycle engines are banned in many places and the legal limit for assisted bikes here is 20 mph with just the engine or electric motor. I stopped using them before I got a ticket.

I've currently got 2 500w 24v motors on my recumbent trike. One for normal use and I can switch on the other if I'm pulling a heavy trailer load. Top speed for this setup is only 15 mph due to the gearing I used. It's fast enough for me though and is below the limit so I don't get bothered by police types even though it's overpowered by 250w when both motors are turned on.

Guys I didn't mean to start a fight here. I was just curious if those names were the same person.

Estevan57
1.4 / 5 (11) Dec 04, 2013
Otto, Otto, Otto. I don't HAVE little nieces, per my own admission.

And the rest, well, is just your usual bullshit. You forgot, I'm the cause of global warming and gas prices, and bad hair days, and the reason you are short, fat, bald, and underemployed.

What a crybaby.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 20, 2013
Otto, Otto, Otto. I don't HAVE little nieces, per my own admission.
But you ARE a compulsive liar as we have seen. So when you say you pay your niece a nickel for every 1/5 she gives me, we can assume she is a little girl who would appreciate nickels.

And while doing so we can assume that she reads all her uncle Stevie's posts;

"...to fuck your mother Otto" "son of a dead smoking whore" "Otto leckt seiner toten Mutter rauchigen Geruch Genitalien"..."Why are you looking for pussy, darling? U KNOW you only love to suckee on me." "Have you quit fucking your dog yet?"

-You enjoy corrupting minors esai?
Estevan57
3 / 5 (2) Dec 20, 2013
And the rest, well, is just your usual bullshit.