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Wrap Around Smart Trainers & Colour Changing Paint - The Best MTB Adjacent Tech From the CES Show

Jan 6, 2022 at 7:11
by James Smurthwaite  
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is back for 2022 and with it comes the usual mix of wacky and wonderful tech. It describes itself as the most influential tech show in the world so basically, it's Sea Otter for people that like to say 'integrated', 'immersive' and 'metaverse' and think NFTs are good, actually. With the rise of electric vehicles, we've started to see cycling and even mountain bikes represented at the Las Vegas event in recent years so we normally check in for trends and cool products.

Although the show is apparently sparsely attended this year, there have still been plenty of announcements made to coincide with it. Among the robot cats that bite you and the smart patch that prevents premature ejaculation (yes, really), here are some of our favourites that might be relevant to mountain bikers.




LG's Wrap Around Smart Trainer


Home fitness has become a big trend at the CES in 2022, as gyms around the world shut down due to the pandemic and people looked for alternate ways to keep fit. LG is hoping to capitalise on this and bring a new level of integration to smart trainers with its Virtual Ride screens. The trainer uses three 55" screens that wrap around the user including a curved display that is apparently the tightest currently designed for its size. LG says, "the whole setup lets you ride a bike through a forest at night or down the street of a European village in the most realistic possible way without actually being there."


More info, here.



Rear facing action camera


The Apeman Seeker RI is an action camera that has apparently been optimized for cyclists. Mainly targeted at road cyclists, it can provide a live stream from behind your seat to your phone so you can spend more time looking in front of you at what's on the road. It can also act as a cycling computer and will live feed data to your phone that is displayed around the video. At night, it has some extra safety features including a light and two lasers that project a cycling lane around you as a marker for drivers.

More info, here.



NIU's Double Internal Battery eBike


NIU's first ebike probably won't be shredding down Gargamel any time soon but it does offer a unique approach to increasing the battery power of ebikes. While some commuter ebikes do have double external batteries, this is the first ebike we've seen with double internal batteries - one in the downtube and one in the seat tube. The closest eMTBs come to this is Bosch's DualBattery system or Specialized's booster bottles but both of these have an external component. Could this style design ever translate to an eMTB? Probably not without a lot of difficulty and compromise but it's clear that there's still innovation to be found among the saturated world of ebikes.

More info, here.



Drones are Getting Better and Smarter


One drone that has caused a fair bit of buzz at the CES this year is the Skydio 2+. This edition is an update of the Skydio 2 that won a CES Innovation Award in 2021 but with improved flight range, longer flight time, a Skydio Care program, and a new Keyframe mode. That new mode offers programmable flight paths and automatic collision avoidance for professional filmers and creatives (full specs and information, here).

In short, much like action cameras before them, drones are offering amateur filmmakers get the kind of shots that were previously only available to professionals with a full crew and the pace of the technology is making this easier and cheaper seemingly year on year. The previous model already has Darren Berrecloth's seal of approval, watch his video shot using the drone below:




BMW's Colour Changing Paint


BMW has made a colour changing car. That's it, that's the story.

Ok, so this is probably a long way from coming to mountain bikes but imagine one day being able to change your bike's colour from dark grey to stealth black on a whim.


93 Comments

  • 84 0
 Just got my new simulator installed as it happens....with realistic UK winter riding add on feature of the wife chucking a bucket of cold murky water over me every ten mins. Great piece of kit.
  • 21 0
 How did you solve the drunken lorry driver encounter?
  • 15 3
 Good news, the newest iteration will come with the R Kelly hardware update where it will automatically shower the rider with realistic water* disbursement!





*water may contain traces of ammonia
  • 8 0
 @scott-townes: *only suitable for ages 14+
  • 2 1
 I cannot wrap my mind around this.
  • 3 0
 @spaceofades: I think you mean "14-"
  • 2 0
 @seraph: 28.99 year olds!
  • 80 6
 Everything is this article makes me yearn to the past and reject the future. Wtf does humanity need any of this garbage?
  • 12 6
 Progress, baby. Progress.
  • 24 1
 I have to agree. the charm of a bike is that it is a purely mechanical escape. Go outside and get away from it all. but i would hate throwing all that crap on a charger after a ride. Not to mention trying to get all that stuff to work mid ride. "hold on Bro, we can't drop in, this thing isn't pairing with my phone right now"
  • 18 0
 Return to monke
  • 35 0
 This was exactly my reaction. "Biking without effort", "Biking without being outdoors". We took a wrong turn somewhere.
  • 12 22
flag TheOriginalTwoTone (Jan 6, 2022 at 9:48) (Below Threshold)
 There is an amazingly simple concept out, don't like it, don't buy it. People said the same thing about cars, doubt you're riding a horse everywhere.
  • 17 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Mind blowing concept! If you think VR bike riding is along the magnitude of problem solving as the automobile, you're shockingly unaware.
  • 7 8
 @5afety3rd

I’ll assume you ride a stone wheel.
  • 7 9
 @mammal: Some people want to pedal but not be outdoors, or maybe they live inside a city and it takes too many hours to escape to anything offroad, if they even have that available. Or maybe they want to excercies while being in AC?
  • 1 0
 the Meta Verse just put you on a naughty list, good to see I have company
  • 6 0
 Shut up and get back to consuming! Your local bank would like you to know you can have all the credit you need to fulfill your duty.
  • 3 0
 @jason3559: no, but i do ride outdoors
  • 1 0
 @5afety3rd: so the exact pinnacle of human technological accomplishment for rich first worlders to enjoy themselves with was when exactly?
  • 2 1
 There’s nothing counting as an accomplishment in this article whatsoever. Zwifting: been rubbish, this is a step backwards. Ebikes: enough said. Drones: most annoying invention the outdoors has seen BMW: lost all credibility after the E46 ended production.
  • 1 0
 yes yes yes!!!
  • 64 4
 Isnt the planet f*cked already? Yeah, sure needed those huge screens to survive the offseason by feeding our evergrowing need to entertain ourselves. Let's not forget cars with chagning colors, cuz that'll help, too. Money certainly has to go somewhere, but over-hyped E-that and AI-this certainly won't help us get better trails, health, affordable bikes and sustainable lifestyles. In the cycling industry we don't need screens that bend, we need shit that lasts.
  • 7 0
 Comment of the day Smile
  • 6 0
 @audioshnoll If you're all about getting stuff to last longer, then you'll be happy to find the smart patch mentioned in the beginning of this article
  • 40 0
 Can I ride my double battery e-bike indoors in front of my wraparound display, while filming my e-training session with a color changing drone?
  • 30 0
 The colour-changing paint on my Ripmo is amazing; it starts off the ride orange and blue and is brown by the end. Amazing technology…
  • 3 4
 underrated comment...
  • 20 0
 Skydio is the most advanced drone follow-cam out there, but I can't help but notice that every influencer who uses it and the entire promotional video are shot either above tree line, in open meadows, or in areas with no vegetation (Moab/Sedona) where trail speed is low. How would that thing do following someone down dirt merchant, or A-Line? How about your average trail in the Scottish Highlands or East Coast USA where you have more trees than a Assegai has knobs?
  • 2 0
 I’ve seen this guy youtube.com/user/macatron86 use it in the highlands. Not sure if he hits tree-heavy trails while using it.
  • 4 0
 Not bike related, but I use a skydio x2e for work. We fly using it's AI inside of bridges for visual inspection. Not using the follow cam, but the Skydio is amazing for obstacle avoidance. It should do the same in trees. However you might have issues riding and it stopping or avoiding objects, as you might get too far in front of it. Probably best to have a dedicated pilot in control. I don’t have the follow along module and not sure work would like me using a $60k usd UAV for a ride so I haven’t tried it for that.
  • 13 0
 I’ve used it on the east coast. It does great on a dirt road and some double track, but it loses the target pretty quickly on singletrack. You have to go back and retrieve the drone because it just stops and can’t figure out a way though the branches. You can help guide it, but it makes its own decisions. I compare it to riding with a dog who likes to stop and smell things often.
  • 2 0
 Same. I'm actually looking at getting one and the zone I have in mind goes from above treeline into the trees. Supposedly it has some pretty advanced avoidance technology but I've only seen a couple videos of it in use.
  • 2 0
 It's lightyears ahead of DJI (for the moment) but still struggles with deep brush. DC Rainmaker has done some real torture tests over the last year and it's pretty hit or miss in thick brush where there are a lot of little twigs to deal with.

Even then, it's some amazing AI. The bulky size is the biggest issue myself and most other people who bought it have with the drone. The wings really need to be able to fold up, or they need to make a smaller version that trades range for size and mobility in tight spaces.

Most MTBs who own it have to cut holes in their bags to store it without the case, and then the lenses are exposed which are not a quick fix if they get damaged...
  • 1 1
 Anybody have a good example video where this (or any other drone) can follow someone for longer than 30s? All I saw in that promo video was 5s clips mashed together. Let’s see if the drone can follow someone down an entire 5 mile run. Through trees.
  • 1 0
 @gnarlysipes: DC rainmaker has a ton of testing videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW-zR_WGoDg
  • 1 0
 @TrailFeatures: Awesome. Thank you.
  • 1 0
 @TrailFeatures: I found this video. Similar to a trail I’m thinking of in terms of trees but not as steep or fast nor as mountainous. Seems like the tracking tech for fast, flowy single track through the trees is still a few years off.
  • 6 0
 Was I the only one to be disappointed after reading the heading and not be seeing a new pair of Five Tens smart trainers from Adidas with built in power meters, lights, collision detection and 360 cameras. Instead all we got was a floppy tv on a rubbish exercise bike!
  • 1 0
 Yep. I clicked mainly to see a pair of futuristic wrap around trainers too.
  • 9 0
 The trainer looks like that vehicle Mr. Garrison built.
  • 1 0
 Genuine LOL.
  • 8 0
 None of that is really related to MTB with exception of the drone.
  • 2 0
 Welcome to Outback.
  • 5 0
 I guess if you've got enough money for that wro around trainer you've got enough money to afford a house big enough to have a room dedicated to having it setup 24/7.
  • 4 1
 LOL! I think this kind of thing is DOA. In a couple of years, VR headsets like the Quest 2 will be much lighter and smaller. So no actual display of any kind needed, put on the goggles and you're good to go. My Zwift setup with a Tacx, my old road bike, and an old but still beautiful 42" plasma, takes up a good amount of space already. Would love to reduce that footprint. I did experiment using Zwift on my Quest 2. It's just like having a giant 2D display since Zwift is not 3D optimized. It worked, and wasn't horrible. But the headset itself was just not something I'd want to wear for a 1+ hour ride. I'll wear it for several hours playing Beatsaber, FPS games, etc. But then you're moving all over and totally distracted. 5 years, full Ready Player One gear, you heard it here first! Smile
  • 11 0
 @Chuckolicious: I think VR for zwift is a non-starter, I can't imagine having anything attached to my face while zwifting to be honest, the more airflow the better!

I can't see why you'd only want to look up and down though, surely a wider screen would be better?
  • 7 0
 @Chuckolicious: and the headset would be able to capture all the sweat lost during intervals and store it right in front of your face so you know exactly how much water is lost during a 1-hour effort.
  • 3 0
 @Chuckolicious: I was thinking the same thing. I'd rather be able to look left/right so wider is better. The VR headset of today would be a terrible sweat trap. I could see the VR headset design evolving into something better suited for endurance sports soon.
Nobody is buying that huge display thing except maybe some gyms or super rich dudes.
  • 3 0
 @Hayek: Go ahead and recirculate it and you've got a hydration system. Win win win
  • 1 0
 @hexhamstu: that's what they'll be showing off next year, don't worry. Product road maps, baby!
  • 1 1
 @hexhamstu: I have to imagine ventilation is high on the list of things VR headset makers are trying to resolve. Even just playing regular VR games current headsets can get pretty sweaty. Once full body tracking becomes the norm that will only get worse.
  • 3 0
 @OCSunDevil: Still Suit. He shall know your ways, as if born to them.
  • 1 0
 @XTRider: Yea, even the aftermarket face pad setups for the Quest have more vents in them. But I still play things like Beatsaber with a big floor fan blowing at me. I actually sweat just as much as a ride after an hour or more with custom songs, and the fan works great. But there will come a day where the big silly shield-like sunglasses we wear today just happen to be full hyper resolution displays, and that will be amazing!
  • 2 0
 @BenLow2019: Target Demographic: Admirals Club lounges in airports like Dubai.
  • 1 0
 Sure its unnecessary but it probably doesnt have a footprint much bigger then a regular trainer setup and I think most of us have a room with that setup all the time.
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: Looks like at least 4+ feet more in length, certainly over a setup that does not have a front wheel. Most people have the display either on a stand basically over the front wheel, like an iPad or something, or a flat screen basically just in front of the front wheel, or fork stand, which is even shorter. Not gonna fit well in most even upscale NYC apartments, to be sure.
  • 5 0
 it's Sea Otter for people that like to say 'integrated', 'immersive' and 'metaverse' and think NFTs are good, actually. - nicely put, thanks james
  • 3 0
 Changing color on a car could be dangerous as it may mess with your situational awareness.
There's this color scheme on some Peugeots called "coupe franche" (straight cut) where 2/3 front of car is a color and 1/3 rear is another, so you look at your mirror and see a red car coming at you then you look in front and you're passed by a black car, and you're like "err... what ? Where's the other one ?!"
  • 7 2
 Pinkbike, give us some interesting meaningful exciting contents, not "this", PLEASE.
  • 4 0
 It costs a lot of money to get motion sickness in the comfort of your own living room.
  • 1 0
 When I read wrap around trainer I thought it was a cool new rideing shoe that has some cool valcro strech cover or something for winter riding lol. No a 10000 quid computer game screen. Does look pretty cool though if your totally loaded why not have one if it minus 5 outside.
  • 4 0
 I'd like to wrap my head around the cost of that bike simulator...
  • 1 0
 You gotta be smart to know the answer.
  • 2 0
 They should have taken it to the next level. You should be able to yell/throw things/spit at people who you determine to be in your way as you're "cycling" along.
  • 2 0
 upgrade to the premuim subscription to use the bell
  • 1 0
 the paint on the Bimmer is amazing but I assume it would make repairing a small door ding or scratch and absolute nightmare....what was once an easy buff out is now an entire panel replacement
  • 2 0
 Yeah, definitely more of a proof of concept as opposed to something they’d ever actually apply to a car. Still pretty sweet though.
  • 3 0
 Anyone who had a HyperColor t-shirt in 1991 is unimpressed
  • 1 0
 I don’t know how it works exactly with respect to body creases etc but it reportedly uses the same type of technology as e-readers which are pretty cheap at the moment. They can only do two “colors”, but it’s an interesting proof of concept.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure police around the world wouldn't be to happy with color changing cars either Don't wanna be a downer......
  • 3 0
 Surely I want to look left and right on my £10,000 turbo trainer and not just up and down??
  • 4 0
 Market research shows that the second most looked at direction for cyclists is directly above them, like crane-your-neck directly above.
  • 1 0
 yeah like .0001% of the time.
  • 3 0
 My tangled ball of charging cables is about to get a whole lot bigger this year.
  • 4 0
 where are the contest winners
  • 1 1
 I had to quit reading the article as soon as they mentioned shredding Gargamel. Broke out in a cold sweat. The weird thing is I actually rode a pretty good percentage of that trail, but afterwards started thinking maybe I shouldn't have. I know one thing, I most likely won't pedal up there again....I'll stick to the safe and sane double black trails.
  • 1 0
 Meanwhile, I'm just wondering why the house in that Skydio pic (I think the whole image is CG?) has a crenellated turret. Seems a very odd architectural affectation in the context of the whole building.
  • 2 0
 Colour changing paint? Yippee, yet another reason to have batteries you don't need on a push bike.
  • 2 0
 In pursuit of a white BMW, Er ah black, I yeah mean... black and white........Ahhhh license plate number "FCK-C0P5"
  • 1 0
 Shouldn't the link on the Apeman article take you to the Apeman site? Not the wired article the information was taken from?
  • 1 0
 That paint will may it way easier for bank robbers to evade the cops, no more wash-off paint jobs! ;-p lol
  • 1 0
 Techs been around for a long time but yeah I think the next bank job movie is going to have a bmw in it and they'll just make a black car white and roll right by the police. LOL!
  • 3 0
 Earth is dying and this
  • 1 1
 Earth--'without actually being there.'
  • 2 0
 WTF Frown
  • 1 0
 BMW .... really? Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Some company needs to use the temperature change paint that they use to use on hot wheels!
  • 1 0
 Please please please... apocalypse in 3... 2... 1...
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to link my E Bike upto that LG wrap around trainer.
  • 1 0
 Expect to see robbery get away car with colour changing paint?
  • 1 0
 Gross, all of it

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