The First Connected Handlebars Make Biking Safer

The First Connected Handlebars Make Biking Safer
Design

A startup technology company made it easier for bikers to use their phones during their rides without it being a distraction

Zack Palm
  • 1 june 2017

Bike riders can easily find themselves distracted if they’re looking down at their phone or listening to the device’s audio to receive navigation instructions or fitness updates while they ride. Velco, a technology startup that was founded in 2015, made riding with a smartphone easier with the creation of the Wink Bar, a set of smart handlebars that syncs to a rider’s phone.

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When the rider’s smartphone gets synced to their bike, two white lights turn on and the rider can choose to set up a destination or have it track their fitness progress. Once input a destination, the lights will act as signals showing them when to turn right or left, go straight ahead, turn around, and even when they receive a text message. Throughout the ride, the handlebars keep track of the amount of calories burned, distance traveled and ride duration. If the bike is moved without their knowledge, the application sends a notification to the rider’s phone, tracking where the bike is located.

Wink Bar

Bike riders can easily find themselves distracted if they’re looking down at their phone or listening to the device’s audio to receive navigation instructions or fitness updates while they ride. Velco, a technology startup that was founded in 2015, made riding with a smartphone easier with the creation of the Wink Bar, a set of smart handlebars that syncs to a rider’s phone.

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+cycling
+Design
+smartphone
+travel

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