Youâ€™re looking at the bike of the future, where youâ€™ll control gear shifts with your mind. This design concept is now in the prototype stage, and from the looks of the video above, itâ€™s well on its way to a high-end bike shop near you.
CyclistsÂ will adore the bikeâ€™s multiple aerodynamic design features and carbon fiber construction, but the most astonishing thing about the bike is its ability to change gears using its riderâ€™s brain waves.
Before riding while using its mind-reading capabilities, a cyclist needs to train the bike to read his mind. Its â€œthought sensitiveâ€ helmet picks up brain waves, which are transmitted to the bicycleâ€™s brain-controlled electronic â€œneurotransmission. â€œ
The cyclist acquaints brain with bike by practicing with an experimental iPhone app, moving a cube on its screen until the neural technology associates that thought with the neurotransmission. Once the link is made, all the cyclist has to do is think in that way and the bikeâ€™s gears will shift accordingly.
This is some serious magic. But itâ€™s altogether possible â€“ in fact, weâ€™ve tested tech such as theÂ XWaveÂ that lets you control objects on a screen with yourÂ brainwaves, and it actually works well.
The Prius X Parlee is sponsored by bikemaker Parlee and Toyota as part of itsÂ Prius Projects program.
Itâ€™s an outstanding idea, but can these designers and innovators mass-produce the bicycle at an affordable price?