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    The future in Shifting technology...trippy man!

    My buddy sent this to me today...pretty cool.

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    Full article:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2019294/Toyota-Prius-Project-Parlee-Bike-gears-change-using-mind.html?fb_action_ids=10200903690611770&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210200903690611770%22%3A10150 256035642690}&action_type_map={%2210200903690611770%22%3A%22og.l ikes%22}&action_ref_map=[]

    Speeding is believing: The bike with gears you can change by using your mind

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    UPDATED: 11:25 EST, 27 July 2011

    The world's first bicycle with gears you can change simply by using your mind has been unveiled by scientists

    The Toyota Prius Project Parlee PXP bike has a thought-controlled gearbox that works by responding to cues from the brain - and experts believe anyone will be able to master the technique.

    Human/digital interface specialist Deeplocal built the one-of-a-kind helmet, which transfers brainwaves using wireless technology to a micro-control.

    The 'neuron helmet' uses electrodes to pick up neuro-electrical activity to send signals to an electronic gear shifter mounted under the bike's seat.

    Patrick Miller, creative engineer at Deeplocal said: 'The system has been built using a simple off-the-shelf brainwave reader and software to read the signals.

    'It takes the rider a little bit of training but we're at the stage where people are successfully changing gears with their mind while riding.

    'There is some special software to train people - while in a neutral state if you think "shift up" the helmet reads those patterns.

    'So over time signals sent to the micro control when a user thinks "shift up" or "shift down"
    become recognisable.

    'It's an experiment at the moment, but once you have control you can do a lot of things like change gear during a journey based on things like speed and distance.'
    Smartphone speedometer: The device measures the cyclist's heart rate and displays the mind-controlled manual gear-shifting

    Smartphone speedometer: The device measures the cyclist's heart rate and displays the mind-controlled manual gear-shifting

    Most of the bike - created alongside Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi and Parlee Cycles - is made from carbon fibre shaped to be aerodynamic and integrates almost all components.

    The cables on the Prius bike are routed internally and brakes are built into the forks, while the rider wears a small netbook on their back handling the brainwave reader.

    Mr Miller said: 'It could be mass produced but at the moment it's just a prototype. As a cyclist myself I'm still used to using my hands and it's a very different thing.

    'I had no long-term plan with the bike - just to play around and make something cool.

    'We wanted to answer the question "what if?" - how would we do this. It's just seeing what we can do with science and technology.

    'We took some things off the shelf and made something from it. It was trial and error and we managed to make something from it.'

    Read more: Toyota Prius Project Parlee: Bike with gears you can change by using your mind | Mail Online
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    The future in Shifting technology...trippy man!

    I just hope I don't have to think in Russian.
    Ouch

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    wonder how good the limit screws are when im thinking...DOWNSHIFT x1000 on a hill and there are no lower gears...

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    wonder how good the limit screws are when im thinking...DOWNSHIFT x1000 on a hill and there are no lower gears...
    I read a follow up article that says the bike will send powerful electrical surges back into your skull to learn you to stop doing that.

    I can't wait for the day when I can think, "shift up, brake hard, saddle down, lower rear tire pressure 10%" without moving a muscle. Ah, to dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    I just hope I don't have to think in Russian.
    That's the plane they are working on, not the bike. You also have to act like an actor to make that work also.
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    That's pretty cool. Although am I the only one who found the term "simple off-the-shelf brainwave reader" rather comical? It makes it sound like you can go pick one up at Target.

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    They going to have male and female versions, or a way to tweak the level of indecisiveness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    I just hope I don't have to think in Russian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabe0807 View Post
    That's pretty cool. Although am I the only one who found the term "simple off-the-shelf brainwave reader" rather comical? It makes it sound like you can go pick one up at Target.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    I just hope I don't have to think in Russian.
    There is nothing wrong with thinking in Russian.


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    The future in Shifting technology...trippy man!

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    There is nothing wrong with thinking in Russian.

    Nope nothing wrong with it. For me though, it would be a really expensive single speed (and my rearward missiles would be useless).
    Ouch

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