In the Neolithic era humans created the wheel, then in the 1860’s after further innovation the modern bicycle was born. Despite our astronomical advances in technology over the last century, the core components of the bike remain largely similar to its original design. Some believe that the simplicity is what makes this transportation tool so unique.
The other camp, however, are eager to see what the next iteration of this two-wheeler will be, and as we take leaps towards the futuristic societies imagined by sci-fi creators of the past, how does the bicycle fit in and what does tomorrow’s bike look like?
The name alone sounds like an AI bike gone rogue, but once you set eyes upon this very aesthetically clean piece of device-tech, the name may well make more sense. Indeed fans of the 1982 film will already be eager to add this to their wish list as the clean black and neon look appears to have been pulled directly from the screen. But this innovation doesn’t just look the part, the Cyclotron is designed to be a smarter companion to commuters of a all types. Firstly, its spoke-free wheels also have airless tyres, which means no more punctures, putting so many of us at ease already. Secondly its lights serve as a terrific safety feature, not only will the circular fluorescents vividly illuminate riders traveling at night, but a pair of lasers can be activated to sine on the ground parallel with the bike. This provides a clear safe zone for vehicles and even other riders to overtake at. Finally, it comes equipped with the modern features any cyclist uses such as tracking user trends, and app integration for navigation, it also has a built in self-charging Lithium-Ion battery, which powers the lights and the electronic gearbox. The bike was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign and is now available to the public.
Furious Sports Bike
A concept created by designer Nenad Kostadinov, this aerodynamic example is more suited to the professional cyclist. Focused on performance this sleek design still holds the functionality required for riders who seek a long and intense journey. The body of the bike is wide enough to support the weight of many riders, while the on-board computer, which looks like a futuristic dashboard, provides the real-time data that progressive riders need to improve. Current speed, lap speed, calories burned, mapping and more all appear to be capabilities of this one-piece smart-bike construction. Even the shape of the Sports bike encourages good posture and will help even a novice get into a great position for optimizing their rides. Though with this positioning comes the one questionable aspect – the seat. It does fit seamlessly with the design in that it is simplistic and angled, but because of this it appears less than comfy. This however is a minor issue at a glance, with the right materials and properties there is no reason that the seat couldn’t be a surprising breakthrough too, our eyes may simply not be used to what the future of comfort looks like.