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A stationary bike that submerges you into an augmented reality experience using your PC.

Finally, using a stationary bike is as fun as riding a real bike!

The Smartbike is a stationary bike that lets you enjoy a 3D game on a computer screen or a TV monitor while exercising. It is a good way to stay fit, entertain yourself and take good care of your health. The Smartbike monitors the real speed of the bicycle, the movements of the handlebar, your heart rate and the calories you are burning, all in real time! This makes the gameplay experience unique and staggering!

The Smartbike is more than a video game, it's an affordable solution to make exercise more enjoyable and fun.

The Smartbike is infinitely customizable

We value a project's flexibility and portability, thus we have decided to release the code and schematic diagrams as open source under the General Pubic License. Anyone can make a game for the Smartbike: you will be able to design and program your own stages or video games with the game and rendering engine of your choice, then interface them to the smartbike. 

For non-programmers, we will be updating our download page on our website with updates, game stages and new games that can be adapted to the smartbike. Also, we will be letting our users share their smartbike games on our website, so others can download third-party software for the Smartbike. 

Some examples of future updates:

  • Local and online multiplayer: Use the competition mode to compete against other people that has a Smartbike online or locally.
  • Smartphone and tablet support: Use your Smartbike with a Smartphone or tablet instead of a PC. 

Note: The first stable version of the source code will be available for all of our backers at www.intelsath.com starting on December 2012. On January 2013, the code will be available for backers and non-backers.

How it works

It is really simple to use the Smartbike. First, install the software on your computer, plug in the USB cable and enjoy a workout experience you have never experienced before with a regular exercise machine. Our working prototype, uses optic sensors, and accelerometers to detect the angular motion of the wheel and the rotation of the bike's handlebar.

So why is it "smart"? The smartbike reads the real speed of the bike, the direction the bike is traveling to depending of the handlebar's position, the heart-rate and the calories you are burning while riding on the smartbike. It also reads the user's weight by using load sensors built in the Smartbike to keep track of your progress (in case your goal is to lose some weight at some rate, e.g one kg per week), and to estimate more accurately the calories you are burning. What about the force your exert on the pedals? Its resistance is automatically adjusted. For instance, you will have to pedal with a greater force to make your way up through a hill than when going down. 


How is the heart-rate monitored? We have developed a wrist-band you can wear (The Smart-pulse-band), which monitors your pulse by measuring the changes in the blood flow due to the heart rate. You can constantly keep track of the beats-per-minute (bpm) of your heart while exercising to make sure you are efficiently working out. The heart rate is also used to calculate the calories burned throughout the game.

The software

You can choose from a variety of cycling programs, whether it is to burn calories fast, or to do some light exercise. There are different levels of intensity for your workout you can choose from. If you choose a hard stage, (i.e a stage with lots of hills) it will be harder to pedal because the resistance of the bike will automatically adjust, and in overall you will exercise harder. If you choose to play in an easy stage, you can exercise at your pace.

You can also keep track of your progress! You can also choose to open your own file in the game, so that every time you play, your progress is recorded. When creating the new file, you will have to type in your age, and your gender to estimate the calories you burn more accurately. The weight sensors in the Smartbike will read your weight everytime you play. You can keep track of your weight when using the Smartbike, monitor your progress, and see all the stats since the first time you used the Smartbike.

So why Kickstarter?

We need your help to bring the Smartbike to the market! We have developed the prototype and we have the manpower to complete this project. But we don't have unlimited resources, we need the money to keep refining the prototype, keep it affordable, and then manufacture our design of a smart stationary bike. 

What's the money for? We are basically using the money to finish the final prototype that will be used for production. Essentially we want to take the Smartbike from the prototype stage 1.0 to a final prototype that is ready to be manufactured. In short: 

  • 1) Incorporate further design elements to take our current prototype ready for production.
  • 2) Manufacture our final design and ship it worldwide.

The goal

A new type of modern gym that anyone can enjoy! Enjoying exercise seems impossible for many people, which is why they choose to not exercise whatsoever. The Smartbike is more than a video game, it is a new way to think about exercising. We want to bring this technology to modern gyms all over the world and make exercise enjoyable. An smart stationary bike is only the start of this possible trend for the fitness world, we want to keep working on this technology with many other workout machines and make exercise more fun for many people.

Rewards

$75 - Get the smart-pulse-band to monitor your heart rate. Works when connecting the USB cable to your computer, open the software and see your bpm in real time. (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $20 more)

$150 - Transform your stationary bike into a smartbike! We will include the assembled circuits and instructions on how to adapt them to your stationary bike. This kit works with optic sensors, so only stationary bikes with a visible wheel will work (A spin bike will work perfectly!). Send us the diameter of the wheel and we will design your own circular reflective sticker so you can paste it on the wheel, this will be used to measure the speed. You can choose to cut the sticker to put it in pieces, or simply paste it as a whole, whatever that works best for you! A smart-pulse-band is also included! Limitations: No handlebar motion is supported with this kit. No weight sensors are included neither, so you will need to type in your weight in the software if you want more precision in the estimation of the calories. The resistance of the bike should be adjusted manually as well. (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $20 more)

$240 - Too cold outside? Or just want to use your own bicycle for exercising? Whatever it is, you can easily transform your own bicycle into a Smartbike within a couple of minutes! We will send you the hardware and the instructions you will need to adapt them to your bicycle. No permanent changes to your bike are needed, and handlebar motion is also supported! Limitations: No weight sensors are included and the bike's resistance should be adjusted manually. (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $50 more)

$445 - What you'll receive is a full assembled Smartbike. Just take it out from the box, install the software, connect the included USB cable to your PC (a computer display or TV is required), and you're ready to go! (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $150 more)

$650 - This reward includes a Smartbike with an embedded computer included. In order to use it, you just need to connect it to a monitor with a VGA cable or HDMI. (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $200 more)

$770 - If you pledge $770, you will get an assembled Smartbike with an embedded computer and a monitor mounted on the bike so there is no need to use an external computer or monitor. (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $200 more)

$5000 - Get seven Smartbikes shipped to you. Everything is included: an embedded computer, and its monitor for each Smartbike. (Shipping only within the US).

$5900 - Get seven Smartbikes shipped worldwide! Reward only for international backers! 

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  • Pledge $1 or more

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    Pledge one dollar or more and you'll receive our sincere gratitude and your name proudly displayed on the supporter's page at our website (if desired).

    Est. delivery: Nov 2012
  • Pledge $5 or more

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    You'll receive a personalized Smartbike thank you card, and if you wish, your name proudly displayed on our website as one of our featured sponsors. (Free shipping worldwide)

    Est. delivery: Nov 2012
  • Pledge $25 or more

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    As one of our sponsors, you'll receive a sport shirt (featuring the smartbike) you can wear while exercising! You will also receive a sport headband featuring the Smartbike. (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $15 more)

    Est. delivery: Nov 2012
  • Pledge $75 or more

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    You will receive the smartbike's smart-pulse-band to monitor your heart rate whenever you want just by wearing the band on your wrist! (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $20 more)

    Est. delivery: Dec 2012
  • Pledge $150 or more

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    Build the Smartbike yourself by adapting the assembled electronic circuits to your own stationary bike that meets the requirements of this kit (spin bike is preferred). (Free shipping within the US, for international shipping add $20 more)

    Est. delivery: Jan 2013
  • Pledge $240 or more

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    Transform your bicycle into a Smartbike! Adapt the assembled hardware to your ordinary bycicle to make it stationary and smart! (Free shipping within the US, international shipping is extra)

    Est. delivery: Jan 2013
  • Pledge $445 or more

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    Full assembled Smartbike. You will receive the smart stationary bike so you can connect it to your computer and start using the Smartbike! (Free shipping within the US, international shipping is extra)

    Est. delivery: Feb 2013
  • Pledge $650 or more

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    Don't want to connect the Smartbike to a computer? Pledge $650 or more and you will get a full assembled Smartbike with an embedded computer. You will just need to connect it to an external monitor! (Free shipping within the US, international shipping is extra)

    Est. delivery: Feb 2013
  • Pledge $770 or more

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    Full assembled smartbike with an embedded computer and a monitor included that can be mounted on the bike. No extra PC or monitor required. (Free shipping within the US, international shipping is extra)

    Est. delivery: Feb 2013
  • Pledge $5,000 or more

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    Do you own a gym or want to have a couple of Smartbikes for your friends or family? Get seven full assembled Smartbikes with embedded computers and monitor included. (Shipping within the US, international backers see next reward).

    Est. delivery: Feb 2013
  • Pledge $5,900 or more

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    Special reward for international backers! Get seven Smartbikes with worldwide shipping included.

    Est. delivery: Feb 2013