If you’re someone who likes cycling, but hates being away from their phone, you will definitely appreciate COBI. This little gadget will turn your everyday, normal, traditional bike into a smart bike.
It’s being called the ‘’World’s Smartest Connected Biking System’’ and it allows you to integrate your phone into your bike, establishing an operating system to manage fitness, monitor lights and signals, and much more. A module that’s placed on the handlebars lets you control your phone while moving along. The COBI is powered by a removable 6,000 mAh 3.6 volt lithium-ion battery, that can be charged either externally or in place.
Developed in Germany by iCradle, the COBI comes with a powerful LED headlight and a built-in battery that extends a phone’s normal life. Once you place a handset inside the housing and download the accompanying app, you can get all the things other bike computers offer, like turn-by-turn directions, ‘’buddy radar’’ ( locating nearby friends), and maps of upcoming roads. There’s also a ‘’thumb controller’’ unit that allows the user to tap out up to 10 instructions to your phone without taking your hands off the handlebar. It’s like the controls on a car steering wheel to shift the radio or activate cruise control. The app also integrates with lights on the back of the bike. When you brake sharply, it illuminates, telling whoever is behind you to slow down. When you make a right or left turn, the indicator will light accordingly.
Setting up COBI is so easy even your Mom can do it. Founder of the company, Andreas Gahlert says ‘’My passion for design, technology and sports inspired me to found this company and combine it all in one product.’’
You can make the most of every ride and keep track of your heart rate, cadence and calories burned. You can monitor speed, time, distance, climb rate, and elevation. COBI also has a proximity and anti-theft protection system. Your bike will start working when you and your phone come within a certain distance. You can pre-order COBI for $159.