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Apple Rips Off Garmin... ahem, Patents Smart Bike System

Patently Apple is reporting that the USPTO has granted Apple a patent for a smart bike system.

The idea behind Apple’s stolen idea “patent” is similar to Apple’s Nike +iPod except that it targets cyclists. The Smart Bike System is designed to collect an ongoing series of data from cyclists during their ride including elevation, distance, average speed, gear ratios, heart rate and power. The Smart Bike System would utilize various sensors built-into the iPhone in addition to communicating with additional sensors on the bike itself. Presumably the athlete will then be able to share this data with friends over a social network or store online for coaches to monitor.

If this seems familiar, the Garmin Edge 500/800 and just released Edge 510/810 have been on the market for some time. Teams can monitor athletes in real time as they race and or train at different locations around the world. The Garmin cycling computer records all data relevant to cyclists and the Social Cycling giant STRAVA is a social network that allows sharing of the data amongst friends including friendly competitions. To see just how cool the Garmin system is, check out this video.

I’m really not sure what Apple is trying to prove here, as this is definitely nothing new and I doubt any serious cyclist would actually take this seriously.

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