Thursday, May 23, 2013

GPS- Powered Handlebars Connect To Your Smartphone

It was only a matter of time and now it's happened. Cars have had GPS capabilities for a while now, and now your bike can too.

The new Helios handlebars allow you to plug in your smartphone, input a destination into Google maps, then  follow lights on the bike that light up to show you which way to turn to reach your end point. By following the lights (they light up like turn signals so you know which way to turn), you don't have to take the time to look at your phone.

Now here's the kicker- these handlebars aren't actually in production yet but there's a Kickstarter campaign underway to raise money to have them produced. Here's the details from Mashable.

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