It took us an hour in a car the day before to get to CES and under 5 minutes on a bike. At the door, I folding the bike up, and walked right into the booth. Then later, out of the booth, unfold, and off to a ride.
I commute most days. I’ve become accustomed to a much smaller commuting population in the winter months, but this year there appears to be a pretty solid lift in numbers. As I wind my way out of downtown at night there’s a pretty steady stream of folks working their way along the bike-friendly routes.
Last night, as I was cruising up Eastlake I rolled up on a guy and greeted him with an “evening” as I passed him. Not a second later I got a big, “Hey BikeHugger!”. I had my green kit on and the guy (Mike) was a reader. He started commuting this summer and has been diligent about sticking to it. He lives up past UW by Sand Point and has been commuting home most every night (he takes the bus down in the morning). He’s lost 20 pounds and says he’s never felt better. Very cool - and sort of exciting to see that the Hugger is getting recognized!
Bug Labs is up for a Best of CES award for Emerging Technology with their Tinker Toy-related system.
The components could possibly make a bike-related mobile device: there’s built-in WiFi, open source software, and modules including GPS and an Accelerometer/Motion Sensor. Mount it on the bike, track your ride, and blog away.
Question is what would you make for your bike with emerging technology?
Finding random stuff is the fun of CES, especially items like underwater text messaging devices, assuming you wanted to text underwater. I guess I could text from my rain bike that I was cold and wet …
Here we are in Vegas for the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. Now I’m in a very stressful episode in my life, so for once I am in this town completely sober…as in straight-edged, clean, living pure, high on life, etc etc…. which made it all the more disturbing last night to watch Bill Gates play Welcome to the Jungle with Slash.
Today I was watching the Microsoft squad demo the new “Surface”, which uses “Touch” technology similar to the iPhone and other products.
The demo they keep using is buying a custom graphics snowboard. After you put the graphics on the board, you can spin the board about in the screen using the touch of your finger tips. So what? Now if they could load all the small parts from bicycle drivetrain components into a “Surface” unit and mount it on the bike shop floor, I could very simply save time and make greater sales by having the customers look for the parts.
Such a big part of the consumer experience is touching and playing with the product, which is impractical for small parts like pully wheels and ergo springs. Why not put those thousands of items into a virtual environment? You could link that to an ordering system, reducing the need for inventory. And I wouldn’t have to play the pictionary game with customers:
Ok, the thingy on the shifter that broke…does it look like this drawing?….no, I don’t recognize your drawing….because it sucks…could you just bring in the shifter?
Many readers might have heard of the parody on Microsoft’s product….the parody has a slogan “Surface….it’s a big ass table”
We’ve been referring to it as such too.
Ah, but even better than clever demonstrations of a Big Ass Table is another company’s use of this sweet assed triple:
Don’t remember what they were hawking, but I’m sure it was brilliant.