French startup Connected Cycle announced its Indiegogo campaign for the world’s first connected bike pedal has launched and hit its $50,000 funding goal within the first day. The autonomous pedal that garnered rave reviews at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show is slated to ship holiday 2015 to early supporters with a limited quantity of pedals available at special pricing. Select early bird pricing is still available for a limited time at $129.
Christian Kravanja, Co-founder of Connected Cycle, stated:
“We have been encouraged by the outpouring of interest around the smart pedals from around the world and understand that bike theft is all too often common in numerous countries. We are excited to bring our smart pedals to the public and are seeking support through our Indiegogo campaign to launch the first series into production. New features and special rewards will be revealed along the way!”
Connected Cycle’s smart pedal will turn any bike into a smart bike. Fitted with a detection movement system that instantly notifies the bike owner if the bike has moved, the pedal will give owners the ability to know where their bike is located and how much time it will take to walk to it thanks to an integrated GPS and cellular connection.
With new high-tech equipment that automatically records the route, distance, speed evolution curve, incline curve and calories burned for every single bike trip, the pedal will share data via the Connected Cycle cloud platform and be made available to riders through an app on their iOS or Android smartphones.
Connected Cycle’s smart pedal is self-governing, generating its own energy by pedaling. There is no need to charge a battery or carry a smartphone during rides because of its unique energy generation system. The route and statistics are recorded without draining the life of a smartphone battery as the pedal has its own Internet connection via a cellular chip system and integrated SIM card.
Incorporating feedback received during CES, Connected Cycle will be removing duration limits on the included data plan for all supporters of the campaign, as well as a modifying the design to support standardized foot straps.
The smart pedal, elegantly designed by Connected Cycle and NoDesign agency designers, will be available in five colors including deep black, acid green, turquoise clear water blue, tangerine and spicy red. Each purchase includes two pedals, one complete with Connected Cycle technology and a matching pedal for aesthetics.
Installation of the smart pedals takes less than two minutes and does not require any mechanical skills. The removal of the pedals is through a special, coded key that only the bike owner will receive.
The campaign is set to close on May 27th.
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