You can control this clever new cycling computer without even needing to touch it

The Haiku cycling computer uses hand gestures to switch between displays

The touchscreens that most cycling computers now offer are all well and good, but the Haiku cycling computer (sorry, “bike assistant”) takes things a step further, letting you control it using hand gestures over the top of the unit.

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The Haiku computer is primarily intended for riders cycling around town, offering turn-by-turn navigation, basic data such as speed and time, and smart call and text notifications, all of which are pulled from your smartphone which is connected using Bluetooth. This smartphone connectivity also means that you can upload ride data directly to Strava at the end of your ride.

haiku bike computer gesture control

The Haiku computer is attached to your bike using the French company’s own mount, which allows it to be positioned on the stem or bars, and either vertically or horizontally. Haiku claims that the battery life is one week with normal use, with charging done through a micro USB cable.

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Like many new company’s these days, Haiku looked for funding to fund development of the computer, interestingly deciding to use both Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Both of those campaigns have now closed, with backers expected to receive their units by June, although you can still pre-order one at a discounted price of €80 (approx. £62) through Kickstarter, which is 20 per cent off the expected retail price.