Here's a bike shock system than can be controlled -- soft or rough.
Jason Brack and his fellow Colorado State engineering students, David Dang and Broc SommerMeyer, created a magnetorheological (MR) bicycle shock absorber that can be adjusted using a touchscreen to affect the bike’s ride. The MR fluid reacts to a magnetic field. In this case, the viscosity can be increased or decreased to change the dampening rate of the shock absorber. Using the touchscreen display, the user can select the ride quality of the bike.
Here is the touchscreen mounted on the bicycle.
The ride selection screen helps you pick your ride quality.
Rob I'm noticing a stream of Colorado State University engineering students developing some really cool and innovative gadgets. This is the second bike gadget I've seen from the university where the first one was a Smart Bike Shifter (Gadget Freak Case #205). I assume biking must be big in Colorado, based on the bike submission projects, along with skiing. Cool Gadget!!
naperlou, I agree. Its a very nice device but the TFT screen being exposed on the side of the bike allows it to be damaged quite easily. The screen could have been mounted on the handle bars and using a wireless connection, such as BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) the controller can communicate with the mechanics (MR shocks). Still an impressive device.
This is a nice gfadget, but I would have used a different user interface. I would be nervous about the screen on the side of the bike. A blue tooth connection to a cell phone app would be more appropriate.
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