OpenBike Charges Phones, Lights, and Connects Your Bike to the Cloud
OpenBike cofounder Randall Jacobs says that lights, phone mounts, cloud communications, and more, should be standard on bicycles today, not a hodgepodge of add-on equipment. His company, OpenBike, launched at the Highway 1 hardware accelerator earlier this month, has designed a power and communications network to be built into bikes. At the center is a single battery recharges through pedal power. A USB port in the handlebars lets your phone charge as you ride; the battery also powers head and rear lights, an automatic brake light, and turn signals. The company intends to offer more sophisticated gadgets—like theft prevention and fitness tracking—as options, and expects more gear to be available for the system in the future.