Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem
for urban mobility. It transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes that also
function as mobile sensing units. The Copenhagen Wheel allows you to capture
the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need
a bit of a boost. It also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion,
and road conditions in real-time.
The Copenhagen Wheel is the latest project from MIT’s Senseable City Lab. Assaf Biderman, Sensable City Lab’s associate director spoke at PopTech 2009 about a number of the lab’s projects that explore how technology is transforming urban spaces.
“Perhaps if happiness were embraced as a need on par with food, shelter, water, love—the tide would turn. Not because happiness in and of itself can drill a well or sow corn or turn back climate change—but because making people happy is a mission a whole lot more transcendent and enjoyable than just keeping them alive.”
A thought from Dan Austin, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of 88 Bikes a foundation that offers opportunities to make a difference in the lives of young people, through providing happiness in the form of bikes. Quote taken from the post, The Moment of Happy.
88 Bikes in Peru; image courtesy of Dan Austin.