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Idea: Smart Tire Pressure Monitor System for Motorcycles

28
July
2014
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Bluetooth Gadgets Ideas
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Proper tire pressure on your motorcycle is paramount! The wrong tire pressure not only will cost you more fuel, but can cost you your life. There are quite a few Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) available on the market (we're tested a few, see related articles below), but here is one that is slightly different.

The system, called CycleAT Open CycleAT link in a new window, is currently in Kickstarter Open Kickstarter link in a new window, the crowd-funding site, looking for money to make the project a reality. Remember that with Kickstarter, you do not pay any money until the financial goals have been met, so if they don't make it, you don't loose anything.

CycleAT

CycleAT is a device that gets placed on top of the motorcycle's tire valve. The device is then paired via Bluetooth with your smartphone. Once paired (i.e. wirelessly introduced to each other), it streams live data to your phone. The data is:
  • Tire Pressure
  • Tire Temperature
  • Movement/motion (alignment)
  • Speed
The movement/motion data is interesting and a novel idea. Using dual accelerometer technology incorporated in the device coupled with a database of different tires and their performance, you can see if your tires are working 100% for you. You can map at what temperatures you can get the best performance.

CycleAT

The design of the CycleAT has two different models, depending on your motorcycle's wheels and spokes. One goes high, the other goes lower down.

CycleAT

All this data is streamed to your smartphone (Apple first, then Android and even Pebble watch). You can monitor your tires while riding, or look at the data later.

The device has a rechargeable battery that will last 100 hours. After that, you need 2.5 hours to recharge it. The tire pressure envelop is more than enough, 0 to 200 psi.

If you need to top up your tires (or let air out), you don't need to remove the device. Place the air nozzle right on top of the device and start filling up with air. take your smartphone out and you can even see the exact tire pressure.

The initial backers (the first to pledge money) will get 2 CycleAT devices for US$139 (estimated to be around march 2015). The second batch of early birds will get it at US$149 with delivery April 2015. If you don't back the project, expect to be paying US$199.

If they exceed their funding goal of US$80K (at time of writing they had just started and are already at US$15K), and if the reach US$250, they will make the model half the size and half the weight.

Click here to access the CycleAT Kickstarter project page Open Kickstarter link in a new window.
Click here to access the CycleAT web site Open Click here to access the CycleAT web site link in a new window.
Click here to access the CycleAT Facebook page Open Facebook link in a new window.

Have a look at the introduction video below:



Read related articles
Monday, June 24th, 2013 - Product Review: Tyredog TPMS For Motorcycles

TyreDog TPMS
TyreDog TPMS
Quite some time ago I reviewed a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from Tire Watch. Since then, I have always had the TPMS on my motorcycles, since I'm lazy but safety conscious. I will check tires visually, but can not be bothered to put a pressure gauge to the tires unless I think they need adjustment. A TPMS is heaven sent, since it shows on a display what your tire pressures are.

And believe me, it is important to have the right tire pressure, and also remember that pressures change depending on the load; alone, with pillion and/or with cargo.

My Honda GL-1800 Gold Wing is of a year that doesn't incorporate a built-in TPMS, so I put one on. This time I opted for one from the Taiwanese company Tyredog. Technology has changed over the years, even in TPMS systems.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Tire Watch - Technology Serving Bikers

Tire Watch
A comprehensive review of the "Tire Watch" product, a wireless monitoring device of your tires pressure and temperature (and outside temperature).

Want to save your life, and save money on your gasoline bill ??

You may want to invest in this product.


Via: Anwb Motor



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