A trio of Colorado State engineering students created a magnetorheological bicycle shock absorber that can be adjusted using a touchscreen to affect the bike's ride.

July 22, 2013

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Gadget Freak Case #243: MR Shock Improves Biking

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.

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