China's Google equivalent set to launch smart bike

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Baidu are planning of releasing a smart bike by the end of this year.

It seems that the next logical step in the evolution of fitness technology was to incorporate it all into a bicycle, and China's version of Google is doing just that.

Search engine giant Baidu will soon be releasing the Dubike, which works in a similar way to a normal bike but with a lot of technology crammed in.

There isn't any part of it that is motorised so you will still have to pedal to get yourself moving. The pedalling motion doesn't just give the bike movement, but it also gives power to the Dubike's onboard gizmos.

According to Engadget's report, the bike's framed is full to the brim with sensors that measure heart rate, pedal rate, peddle pressure and other things that sync up with the smartphone application vie Bluetooth.

The app itself also sounds like it will offer some very cool functions; it takes the data from the sensors and provides health stats, mapping directions, bike tracking, and it will also recommend routes and fitness programmes.

It's being built by Baidu and Tsinghua University's design department, but no details of pricing, specification or weight have yet been released. Also it's unfortunate that we will probably never see the Dubike on sale over in western countries.

There is some good news that gives hope for smart bikes in the US and Europe though; Baidu say they are going to share the technology found within the Dubike with other manufacturers, which will hopefully mean it will inspire others to develop a similar sort product for us in the west.

Check out the video below to see the Dubike in action.