Android Now Comes to Exercise Bikes thanks to The Peloton Bike
Beyond smartphones and tablets, Android is now running in a number of others devices such as cars, watches, set-top boxes and more, but Android should soon enter the gym, or rather bring the gym to your home, with the Peloton Bike, an exercise bike that comes with a 21.5″ touchscreen powered by Texas Instruments OMAP4 and running Android 4.1.
Here are Peloton bike panel’s specifications:
- SoC – Texax Instruments OMAP 4470 dual-core Cortex A9 @ 1.5GHz
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 16GB internal flash
- Display – 21.5″ PCAP (projected capacitive) multitouch display (1080p resolution). Sweat resistant.
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- ANT+ wireless
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 10/100 Ethernet
- Audio – 3.5mm TRRS headphone and mic jack, 2x 3 watt stereo speakers
- Camera – 1.3MP front camera
- Misc – Peloton Cycle data connector
as well as the key features of the bike itself:
- Carbon steel and aluminum monocoque frame
- Neodymium rare earth magnet resistance system
- Ergonomic resistance knob
- Poly V power transmission belt drive
- Microadjustable sport series saddle with depressed ergonomic center channel
- Microadjustable handle bars
- LOOK Delta compatible thermoplastic pedals
- 170mm carbon steel crank arms
- 13/68mm precision steel bottom bracket
The Android-based console of the bike connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and brings live and on demand studio cycling classes from cycling instructors. The software also allows to track calories burned (kcal), cadence (RPMs), and power output (Watts), and detailed workout statistics showing your progress over time.
You can also interact with friend, see their scores, how to rank on the leader-board, and video chat or see just how much they suffer and sweat as they work out. ANT+ and Bluetooth radios allow you to connect heart rate monitors, and wireless headphones or speakers. Initially the Android panel will only support the features for the bike, so you won’t be able to watch videos, throw not-so-happy birds to pigs, and the other things you’re used to on your other Android devices, but they plan to open the platform in the future to allow these things. But I assume you could always install Google Play, right after having rooted your exercise bike.
The company has launched a kickstarter campaign in order to bring the price of the bike down. You can watch the promo video below.
If you live in the US, you can pledge $1,500 (early bird) to get the bike in November 2013, but it will cost $2,000 for people living in the rest of the world, with delivery expected in January 2014. Shipping charges are not included because they depend on your location, and you’ll only know how much you have to pay at the end of the campaign. They estimated shipping cost to be $150 to the US, and at least twice that to international backers.