Ever wondered what kinds of unconventional devices Android could be powering in the not-so-distant future? How about bicycles?
At the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford revealed a concept bicycle they’ve cleverly dubbed the “E-Bike” that’s powered by a Samsung Galaxy S II. The electronic bike features a motor in the front tire capable of speeds up to 25 km/h, a carbon belt in place of the conventional bicycle chain, a 9.2 Ah battery and a Galaxy S II at the helm.
With the assistance of some custom software, the Galaxy S II is able to change the suspension of the E-Bike and monitor the battery levels. Of course other more conventional Android applications could also come in handy when using the E-Bike. Pandora, Spotify and Google Maps are just a few apps that would make your Android-powered bike ride that much more fun. I suppose you could also add Netflix to that list, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
Since the Ford E-Bike is a concept vehicle, it probably won’t ever be available for retail in its current form. Someday, however, Android-based consumer electronics could become a readily available industry-wide standard. Microwaves, bikes, cars, washers, dryers; I’m sure we’ll see it all. Android is flexible, easy to program for and, best of all, free to use. If the Ford E-Bike is ever made a reality, you can sign me up.