China's Google have designed an interesting-looking smart bike (video)

Chinese search engine Baidu's smart bike can record your heart rate, pedal rate, pedal pressure and much more

We’ve showcased some pretty odd concepts on the CW website in recent weeks, from the foldable electric bike to everyone’s favourite SmartHat, but the Dubike from Chinese search engine Baidu has the potential to trump them all.

While the design looks wacky and innovative there appears to be actual potential that this kind of bike could really impact the lives of those who ride it.

It doesn’t have a motor, but it does have a wealth of technology to measure the likes of the rider’s heart rate, pedal rate, pedal pressure sends it all to your smartphone.

One of the best innovations is the bike’s "self-generation hub” that converts the kinetic energy created by pedaling into electricity to power all of the gadgets.

Baidu have not released any further information about a release date or how much the Dubike will cost, but according to Engadget they are planning to launch it by the end of the year.

It is, however, unlikely that the bike will be released outside of China, given Baidu’s lack of reach around the world, but who knows, it could provide food for thought for its western competitors.

Source: Engadget

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.