If you ever wanted a commuter bicycle, motorcycle and workout machine in one, you’re in luck. Dreamed up by Bogdan Nastase and Andrei Botescu, the XMERA is a triple threat. But here’s the real kicker. The XMERA is bionic, baby!
The XMERA, which made its premiere at CES Las Vegas in January, comes with a helmet that puts you in direct communication with the bike. Inside EEG sensors read your brain waves (electroencephalogram (EEG) waves) for “real time brainwave feedback.” From processing the raw data through machine learning programs, the bike adjusts to meet your goals.
The XMERA offers three modes to choose from. With Auto, the helmet measures your fatigue level, transmits it to the bike controller, which then calibrates the motor to assist (or not) based on the results. In Dynamic, you can clock higher speeds faster. The helmet gathers the information to adjust pedal resistance through motor assistance. In Workout, the bike helps meet conditioning goals by letting you know your heart rate so you can keep within the desired range.
In conjunction with the smart helmet, an accompanying BPM(Beats Per Minute) bracelet with mobile application tracks biometric data. This includes calories burned, miles, activity progress, etc. Sensors in the handlebars also add to the information stream for more accurate readings. Or, if you prefer to use your own Smartwatch with a BPM reading function, you can hook into the XMERA’s system. Oh, and the bracelet can also detect finger and arm movements to customize controls for the bike’s function.
Not Science Fiction Anymore
If that isn’t enough, XMERA claims that you can control the bike with your thoughts. Command such actions like signaling, activating headlights or assisted pedaling. Pretty crazy, right? Not anymore.
Scientific advancements have enabled people with paralysis to move their limbs and play computer games with their minds, among other things. Also, Nissan is developing the “Brain To Vehicle,” or “B2V,” the system that places a cap on the driver’s head to read brain waves and assist with driving. Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are also in on the game trying to apply the technology to driving cars and flying drones, truly proving in literal terms the adage, mind over matter.
As for the specs, XMERA holds its own in the category. While it’s not the fastest kid on the block with a reported top speed of 16 MPH, which means you don’t need a special license, and the range is pretty good on a single charge, taking you up to 25 miles. The large seat can fit two riders, and there’s room for luggage and an optional rear deposit box.
XMERA includes other cool features such as the battery recharging through motion technology, IOT Tracking Technology so you can know the whereabouts of your bike, handy if you forgot where you left it or somebody else has taken a ride without permission. In case of an accident, the XMERA will send a text or call an emergency contact. And best of all, the XMERA is legal to operate without a driver’s license.
Whether the XMERA fulfills its promise remains to be seen. It’s still in prototype phase. The company is in the process of launching a campaign on Indiegogo. However, if you’re intrigued and want to jump on the bandwagon right now, XMERA is offering a promotional price of $999 to the first 50 backers when the bike will retail for $3,700. Sign up on the website to get the exact launch date and a chance to grab one for a killer deal. Mostly, we’re impressed that mind-reading tech is hitting the bike world before someone like Elon Musk gets it in cars.